Industrial Gasification Applications
More regulations in the near future, along with fuel costs, will make Industrial gasification an option that should be considered for owners of industrial facilities. Gasification allows operators of industrial facilities to convert waste into a variety of products which improve plant economics and their environmental impact.
The ability for gasification to co-produce several products makes it extremely conducive to applications at industrial plants. Refineries can benefit from the gasification of a variety of low value fuels (refinery bottoms, biomass or solid waste, or even coal) to produce various products required for plant operations. Hydrogen can be used in the hydrocracking of heavy hydrocarbons for producing salable fuels, among other uses. Electricity generated by a gasification system can offset utility costs for the refinery. And finally, excess steam produced by the system can be used throughout the facility in several processes.
Another application of gasification technology is in the paper industry. Black liquor, a waste stream by-product of paper production, can be gasified to produce electricity for the rest of the plant in an efficient and environmentally friendly manner
Gasification technology can improve plant economics is within the glass industry. The glass industry is heavily dependent on a reliable supply of natural gas to keep process temperatures high enough to melt glass. This forces them to pay high premiums to utility companies to ensure a consistent supply of natural gas. The alternative would be to employ gasification to convert coal or some other fuel to produce synthetic natural gas (SNG).
As gasification technology becomes more advanced and more applications are researched and demonstrated, applications of this technology could become prevalent in many industries.