Unique Danish technology converts woodchips to natural gas  

2010.04.26
Haldor Topsøe is to supply groundbreaking technology to a plant in Gothenburg, Sweden, which will produce synthetic natural gas from woodchip waste

Danish industrial catalyst company Haldor Topsøe is to supply groundbreaking technology to a plant in Gothenburg, Sweden, which will produce synthetic natural gas from woodchip waste. The plant is the first of its kind in the world, reports professional journal Ingeniøren.

 

The new facility, which is expected to be complete by 2012, will be able to gasify the biomass, remove the tar, methanate and output ‘green’ natural gas that can then be fed directly into the gas supply grid.

 

Business development executive Roberta Cenni at Topsøe's technology division, told Ingeniøren: "The plant will demonstrate the sustainability of converting woodchip waste to synthetic natural gas and is therefore wholly in line with Topsøe's work to create sustainable energy technologies."

 

Haldør Topsøe has spent the last couple of years perfecting its Tremp (Topsøe Recycle Energy-efficient Methanation Process) technology, but has not taken out a patent on the technology. The heat that is generated during the exothermic process is recovered as steam and hot water which can be used for district heating, thereby increasing overall energy efficiency to a high level.

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