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BIO SNG PILOT

By Gerald Ondrey |

Construction has been completed on a trailer-mounted pilot plant that will produce substitute natural gas (SNG) from the products of biomass gasification (H2, CO2 and CO). Built by researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT; www.kit.edu) as part of the DemoSNG project — a €4.5-million project coordinated by the German Technical and Scientific Assn. for Gas and Water e.V. (DVGW; Bonn, both Germany; www.dvgw.de) — the pilot plant has undergone initial tests in Karlsruhe, and will now be transported to Köping, Sweden where it will be integrated into the gas flows of a biomass gasification plant utilizing wooden residues. The goal is the reliable and efficient production of methane from biomass-based CO2 and variable amounts of H2 from “green” power. The pilot plant features a new reactor concept for the methanation process, in which a honeycomb catalyst carrier is used to support the nickel catalyst. The honeycomb design is characterized by a high thermal conductivity and mechanical robustness with a low pressure loss, and also enables a compact construction. The pilot plant has the flexibility to handle both the products of biomass gasification as well as additional H2 generated by electrolysis, when available,…
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