Rolf Stein, CEO, discusses the role Gasplasma® technology can play in expanding sources of green gas

Waste to energy and fuels technology can allow energy intensive users access to reduced (and stable) cost of power and materials.

Energy and natural gas intensive industries will be most affected by the predicted rise in energy costs that the UK is likely to face as a result of coal and nuclear capacity coming offline and of exposure to volatile international gas markets.  Indeed, Ofgem warned in February 2013 that gas is likely to account for 60% to 70% of the UK’s power generation by the end of this decade, compared with current levels of about 33%.  As the UK’s own gas production and reserves deplete, there will be increasing dependency on expensive imports, putting the UK in competition with Asia and other regions of high gas demand.

This exposes industry to increasing energy prices, risking the ability to compete as production costs escalate.  The case has been made for exploiting shale gas reserves and negotiation of better pricing for long-term gas contracts in order to help ensure industries are able to retain their competitiveness. However, it is unlikely that shale gas will bring the cheap gas that has been seen in the US; the true impact of shale gas is unknown at this stage.  Many potential sites in the UK and elsewhere have been identified but it is still not known if they are economically viable.  Much exploratory drilling will have to be done to find the answers, which will take some time.

Not all gas need come from expensive, as yet unproven fossil fuel sources. Advanced gasification technologies will allow expansion of ‘green’ gas using a secure and indigenous source of fuel that the UK has in abundance; waste.  Energy intensive users could reap the benefits of on-site waste to energy and fuel technologies that exist today.

Advanced gasification technologies, such as the Gasplasma® technology offered by Advanced Plasma Power, deliver a highly efficient waste conversion process, a competitive source of energy and an effective zero waste solution, enabling chemical companies to comply with a progressively challenging regulatory environment as well as acting on their corporate and social responsibility targets.

APP’s plasma conversion process delivers such a clean, high quality syngas that it can be used directly in efficient gas engines and gas turbines to generate power. It can also readily be converted into hydrogen or substitute natural gas as is being demonstrated on a project with National Grid.  It generates no waste outputs as any ash is vitrified into an environmentally stable and saleable construction product – Plasmarok®.

We cannot afford to waste what limited resources there are; transforming residual, non-recyclable waste into fuel, heat, power and useable materials can allow businesses to maintain their competitive edge, dispose of waste in a sustainable manner and all without being beholden to volatile international gas markets.

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