The Meva Story
Meva Energy is the world’s leading provider of gasification technology for renewable energy production based on small fraction fuels. Our system enables power and heat providers to utilize biomass in a uniquely efficient and profitable way.
Our company was founded in 2008 in Sweden as a result of biomass gasification research at Luleå University of Technology and at the Energitekniskt Centrum – ETC – gasification center. Since then we have built world class expertise within thermochemical process engineering, gasification and syngas cleaning.
Our mission is to provide highly efficient gasification technology for production of renewable industrial gas or power.
To be a global provider of gasification technology for power and heat production based on small fraction biomass.
1995: Research project about biomass gasification at Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden and Energitekniskt Centrum (ETC). Research soon focused on the cyclone gasification principle.
2006: Meva Powerplant AB is introduced to practical test results based on the academic research and conducts a market study indicating substantial interest and commercial potential.
2008: Meva Powerplant AB founds Meva Energy AB and acquires the right to the technology.
The company establishes an office in Skellefteå, Sweden.
2009: The first pilot plant of 400 kW is designed and developed at ETC. The ETC plant constitutes a test bed for system verification and fuel tests.
2010: The ETC plant is used to verify applicability with peat, rice husk, bark and wood. The gas cleaning system of the technology is verified to have an efficiency of over 99.9% for sub-micron particles in terms of both numbers and mass.
2011: Meva Energy receives its first order of a full scale commercial plant from the local utility company Pite Energi in Sweden. The plant, based in the village of Hortlax in the north of Sweden, is designed to produce 1.2 MW electricity and 2.4 MW heat.
2012: A partner and distribution agreement is made with global power leader Cummins Inc. Cummins supplies its QSV91 gas engine to the Hortlax plant.
2013: Company headquarters are moved to Gothenburg, Sweden, in order to gain access to a larger labor market. A development partnership regarding increased efficiency is inititated with Lunds University of Technology, Lund, Sweden.
2014: Meva Energy succeeds in achieving new technology advancements in the Hortlax plant.
In particular, the energy level of the syngas is increased with 30% compared to the ETC plant resulting in a heating level of 6.8 MJ/Nm3. Meva Energy is not aware of any air-blown gasifiers being able to produce a richer syngas.
2015: Initial operations of the Hortlax plant indicate very even operational conditions of the genset engine. Cummins Power Solutions consider the Meva process as “the to date only biomass gasification technology being functional with lean-burn gas engines.”
2016: Adaptations of the system are being made and Meva Energy files two new patent applications. Reflecting the potential of the technology, Meva Energy is selected for investment by a leading European cleantech investor.
2017: InnoEnergy invests 2.9 MEUR in Meva Energy. Extensive evaulation and technical testing confirms ability to replace fossil LPG or natural gas with Meva renewable gas in industrial drying applications.