Gasification projects in the Netherlands
Gasification is a pre-treatment of solid and liquid fuels before they are burned.
How it works: a limited amount of oxygen is added to the fuel – too little for complete incineration – creating a synthetic gas mixture consisting of carbon monoxide and hydrogen. This can be used for different applications. For example, burning it enables the extraction of chemicals, and the generation of electricity as well as heat at high levels of efficiency. The synthetic gas can also be used as the raw material for the production of synthetic engine fuels and hydrogen.
What is RWE doing to progress these techniques?
To continue the development of this technique, RWE Generation is developing a number of initiatives. The aim is to build a gasification plant in a few years time, for the purpose of gas-fired, high performance ‘combined heat and power’ (CHP) stations. Some of the synthetic gas produced will also be used for the production of chemical products for the industrial facility that also buys the heat from the CHP station.
The energetic yield obtained from the generation of electricity through gasification is greater than that obtained by directly burning a fuel. We expect that the gasification of biomass, waste and waste material flows can produce more efficient electricity than burning it. Moreover the CO2 can be separated more easily through that process.