The technology is suitable for several different applications characterized by fuel type and heat application. Possible applications for the current set-up of 1.2 MWe and 2.4 MWth include:
- Industry: chemical plants, saw mills, refineries, laundries, food industry, plastic molding industry, farming and green houses
- Commercial: office buildings, airports, shopping malls
- Residential: DHC systems, multi-family housing, planned communities, hotels
- Institutions: schools, nursing homes, prisons, hospitals
Beside having maximum utilization of the produced heat, the key to reach maximum profitability conditions is to use a low cost fuel. As the system can use saw dust as fuel, one particularly interesting segment is saw mills and wood-producing industry where saw dust is a by-product.
“Meva’s cyclone gasification technology applicability with low grade and low cost biomass constitutes a truly disruptive new power technology enabling a greatly improved utilization of such biomass”
– Björn Kjellström, professor em. In Energy Engineering
Luleå University of Technology
Further applicability of the technology
Beside the CHP application, syngas can be used for other purposes. Depending on market conditions, Meva Energy has the capacity to pursue deliveries of the technology for the following applications:
- Renewable Hydrogen Hydrogen constitutes one fraction of the syngas produced by the Meva technology. As there is an increase in global need and price of hydrogen due to an increased interest in fuel cell (FC) applications, an interesting possibility for the technology is to separate the hydrogen from the syngas and thereby have a combined plant producing both syngas for e.g. CHP and hydrogen for fuel cells.
- SNG (Substitute Natural Gas) In a SNG producing plant, the syngas is upgraded to natural gas quality through elimination of non-fuel gases such as nitrogen and carbon dioxide. In this way, a completely pure fuel, which can be injected into a natural gas grid or used directly by the industry is achieved. SNG applications are primarily interesting in energy markets where the ratio between gas prices and power prices is high, such as in Scandinavia.
- Biofuel production The technology can also be combined with specific conversion technologies in order to produce liquid fuels such as bio diesel or green aviation fuel.
Meva Energy estimates that the total accessible market in a global context for small-scale biomass gasification is around EUR 15 billion annually.