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Cogeneración a partir de gasificación de biomasa: solución plug-and-play totalmente integrada, automática y contenedorizada para producción combinada de calor y electricidad a partir de fuentes renovables naturales


Oferta Tecnológica
Una pyme italiana ha obtenido la patente de un sistema plug-and-play para cogeneración (calor y electricidad) a partir de fuentes renovables. El sistema, que utiliza una tecnología de gasificación, produce gas de síntesis sin alquitrán a partir de biomasa para motores de combustión interna, acoplado a generadores de energía y sistemas de recuperación de calor. El sistema genera energía con conexión o sin conexión a la red. La empresa busca socios con el fin de establecer acuerdos de licencia, investigación, financiación o comercialización con asistencia técnica.


Cogeneration from biomass gasification: a fully integrated, automated and containerised plug-and-play solution for Combined Heat and Power production from natural renewable sources.
An Italian SME has patented a groundbreaking Plug-Y-Play system for cogeneration (electricity and heat) from renewable sources. The system, using a gasification technology, produces tar-free syngas (synthesis gas) for internal combustion engines, coupled with power generators and heat recovery systems, starting from biomass. The system generates power, off grid or grid-tie parallel mode. The company looks for licence, research, financing or commercial agreements supported by technical assistance.
The Italian company is a start-up that officially started its activity in June 2015, after 3 years of R-Y-D and prototyping.
Over the last 8 years, the working team gained experience in other companies on PhotoVoltaics and bioliquid cogeneration, with 5 vegetable oil Combined heat and power (CHP) running.
The company is actually focused on biomass gasification, and has concentrated its efforts in the design and the development of a small sized reactor for low tar syngas production and a double-stage syngas cleaning system.
This system, based on gasification technology, allows to use woodchips and other briquetted biomasses to generate almost tar-free syngas for internal combustion engines, coupled with power generators and heat recovery systems.
The Combined heat and power (CHP) units range from 50 kWe to 100 kWe. The system allows to use locally available biomass to generate power, either off grid (stand alone / self consumption) and grid-tie parallel mode (feed-in tariff for energy production from renewable energy sources).
In the last development stage, an automated control process was implemented to control all operational phases, from biomass pre-treatment to power production - grid tie parallel.
The company is currently working on the updated version of the system, extending the range of suitable biomasses and its treatment system for proper gasification, and power generation optimization through testing advanced technologies.
The applications fields of the CHPs range from agriculture farms to sports and leisure centres, from greenhouses to energivorous industrial activities (e.g. laundry services), in particular those activities that require a considerable amount of thermal energy.
Indeed, the technology permits huge saving on energy bill even with a CHP unit, thanks to the higher efficiency of combined production of electricity and heat compared to separate, fossil fuel based, production.
The desired cooperations are with all the Renewable Energy Sources players and stakeholders, ranging from ESCo to companies willing to adopt the technology through commercial agreements with technical assistance or licence agreements.
Professionals or R-Y-D players (Research Institutes and Universities) are expected to further develop the technology, to explore new other biomasses to be used and a possible upgrade of the system.
Financial sources are sought too.
Advantages and Innovations:
· Fully integrated process: from biomass moisture content adjustment, to power production, to ash removal.
· Low visual impact / compact units: the system is enclosed and developed in 1 or 2 standard 20 ft freight containers, depending on power size. The container is not the envelope of the system, rather is the framework of the system itself; aesthetics is customizable, depending on customer requirements; no site building requirement (indoor / outdoor application) and short authorization paperwork; the plant can be moved by truck wherever power is needed.
· Continuous running: the system is engineered to operate 24h through 2 independent production lines (gensets), in order to keep running even when one line is under Operations and Maintenance activity.
· No combustion pollution byproducts: the system does not burn biomass, but transforms it into a syngas plus biochar. The former is piped off to run the engines, the latter is a pure biologic char that can be sold and used as soil amendment for sustainable agriculture.
· Carbon sequestration: the operating cycle is carbon dioxide (CO2) negative, as part of the CO2 absorbed by the biomass during its lifecycle is stored in the biochar.
· No waste production: the system only produce electricity, heat and biochar. No water or other chemicals are required for gas cleaning.
· No greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions.
Stage of Development:
Already on the market
Patent(s) applied for but not yet granted
CommeR Statunts Regarding IPR Status:

The acquired overall know-how has been certified and is currently patent-pending.

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
Commercial agreement with technical assistance
The company is interested in developing forms of market penetration on international markets. Particularly, they are looking for partnerships with companies, dealers, general contractors, ESCo or energy consultants and managers, willing to introduce the CHP units into local markets, upon market analysis and project definition. Candidates can be from any sector requiring a considerable amount of thermal energy (energivorous activities as for instance manufacturing plants).The company offers assistance on all the technical aspects.

Licence Agreements: licensed production and sales
Companies interested in building the CHPs under license agreements and proper tutoring, wherever its more profitable local production and sale compared to export.

Research cooperation agreements
The company is interested in R-Y-D collaborations and partnerships with companies in the field of RES energy technologies and biomass research. They are also open to skilled and strongly motivated professionals (engineers, chemists...) willing to collaborate on R-Y-D projects and systems development.

Financial agreement
The company offers attractive financial opportunities to Venture Capitals, Investment Funds and similar, on Energy Performance Contracts for RES production networks that benefit from state guaranteed long term feed-in tariffs.


Type and Size of Client:
Industry SME <= 10
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
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Technology Keywords:
04002005 Generadores, motores eléctricos y conversores de potencia
04002011 Microgeneración y conexión a red
04002010 Motores combinados calor y electricidad (CHP)
04005006 Solid biomass
10002013 Tecnologías verdes / producción limpia