Superior Gasification is a newer company that has released the Elite 400 a 50 -60KW gasifier plus generator set designed for small scale power production. The system is built from stainless steel and is designed to run a V10 engine
Conversion of a 6.5hp single cylinder Honda clone engine to producer-gas. Timing was advanced and a carburetor was fabricated. These are affordable engines popular with go-cart racers thus there is a pool of performance techniques easily available to tap.
Wes Tyler at Icy Straits Lumber, Tom Miles, and Jim Mason with All Power Labs, Alaska, 2012
In Alaska, there are a lot of remote villages that generate electricity by using small oil generators. But, transport costs and fuel costs have made the electricity very expensive, and the costs of heating their homes and generating electricity has been a burden on the businesses and families in the rural areas.
Icy Straits Lumber, in Hoonah, Alaska is testing a small All Power Labs Gasifier at their lumber mill. They have a ready supply of the right kind of fuel, have staff familiar with this type of equipment, and need some extra power, that's less expensive than the imported fuel they'd normally be using. This will be a good place to see if this type of gasifier will work well in the winters in Alaska, and if so, it may be recommended to other communities.
As the United States biomass thermal and power industry continues to expand, new reliable technologies offering higher efficiency solutions must be introduced. The newly introduced EOS series biomass gasification boiler is among the most energy efficient of AESI’s high-performance, low-maintenance biomass energy plants. The EOS series provides thermal outputs ranging from 600,000 BTU/hr to 20 million BTU/hr, and can be staged to provide increased capacity.
Greg Manning, Canadian Gasifier Ltd, September, 2010
I'm running a gasifier that to date, ran continuous (without shutdown) for
2 months, this was the limit of the steels used to build the unit, upon examination the delamination of the steel in the internal "hot spot" areas was so severe that these areas had to be replaced with new items. not once but twice during the heating season.
we have moved away from steels in these critical areas, and on to refractory, and are preparing for a new set of tests this coming winter (this is a building heating only gasifier).
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Canadian Gasifier Ltd.
Building Hi-Performance Gasifiers, Since 2001