- The plasmas are generated from microwaves, and unlike their direct current equivalents, the torches have no corrodible parts which results in an increase in operational lifespan whilst reducing plant OPEX costs.
- The microwave plasma plumes operate at >1000°C and enable the efficient gasification of solid fuel without the requirement of an oxidant. The clean, undiluted syngas generated is of a high quality, ideal for energy generation via gas engines, gas turbines or fuel cells.
- The plasmas are self-striking and immediately deliver the high temperatures required to thermally dissociate the feedstock, unlike conventional gasification technologies which have long and labour intensive start-up procedures.
- The high gasification temperature and intensity of the plasma plume leads to almost complete fuel conversion, minimising waste, and increasing fuel efficiencies.
- The technology is commercially viable at smaller scales and requires relatively few components. A complete power generation system can be self-contained within a single transportable ‘plug and play’ modular unit enabling both decentralised heat and power generation and rapid integration within existing heat and power networks.
Application and Markets
The technical areas of innovation realised by Plasmergy has enabled the development of a waste to energy technology that:
- Eliminates waste miles
- Provides a solution for waste disposal and renewable energy generation
- Future-proofs against changes in waste arisings
- Is a low CAPEX modular technology
- Is recognised as an “Advanced Conversion Technology” under the UK Government’s Contract for Difference (CfD) renewable energy incentive scheme.
Given the described technical advantages of the Plasmergy MIP gasification process, the technology has applications in the food, medical, education, military, farming, forestry, energy, waste management, off-grid, island communities, aviation, facilities management, disaster relief, maritime, transport, retail, construction and manufacturing sectors, and in doing so provides a sustainable, low carbon, and cost effective alternative to existing practices.