VIKTOR GOES GREEN
Less natural gas required due to "green gas" from biomass
Tomeco collaborates with Viktor Goes Green in their quest to produce green gas
of the same quality as natural gas. The company is investigating which gasification
technology is most suitable for gasifying biomass.
Gasification is not new: two hundred years ago, cities such as Amsterdam, Antwerp and Leuven already had a network of 'city gas' or light gas. That flammable gas was not of the same quality as the current natural gas, but it was sufficient to heat houses and make gas stoves work.
The “Green Gas Project” reverts to the same technology, but with a modern approach and based on biomass. By controlling the temperature, pressure and oxygen content in the biomass reactor, gas is created that offers the same possibilities as natural gas.
In practice it turns out that it is not so easy to produce high-quality "green gas". After all, the composition is different from that of natural gas: it contains all the important elements, but in a different combination. In addition, green gas also contains unnecessary particles, such as CO₂ and nitrogen, which have to be removed. Until now, no research has been successful in finding the correct gasification method for achieving green gas of the same quality as natural gas.
That is why Viktor Goes Green takes a different approach. They are examining whether there are components from the chemical industry that can refine the technology. They hope to complete this search before the end of 2020, with the first tangible results in 2021. If everything goes according to plan, the project ends with a workable (and economically feasible) method of producing high-quality green gas. The next step is to build an installation. In the long term, the demand for natural gas could drop significantly: a new step towards a clean, sustainable society.
Viktor Goes Green has test locations in Ghent and Moerdijk.
More info on www.viktorgroesgreen.be