Gasification… it’s been around for a while!!

When it was first discovered that “town gas” could be manufactured by heating coal, peat or wood back in the late 18th Century, it created a revolution in street lighting and then in gas production and storage for domestic and industrial use. Whilst lamplighters are no longer employed to walk the streets and light up […]

Syngas…a clean, green solution for MW scale CHP

Whilst it burns with a blue flame, syngas’ credentials are quite definitely green. This synthesis gas, produced by applying a thermal process to biomass or combustible waste-derived materials, is a hydrogen-rich gas which, although unsuitable for exporting directly to the gas network, makes an exceptional fuel to power traditional reciprocating engines, generating both heat and […]

Making your own power…what’s the recipe?

Whether your business buys its power from the grid or has its own gas or oil-fired CHP system, the price you actually pay for heat and electricity will depend upon various matters outside of your control… the vagaries of fuel prices, the method of generation, the state and capacity of your local network, as well […]

Just over an acre of land…how much energy can we produce?

With just about enough space for a football pitch, or a few tennis courts, surely your expectations would be limited if you were embarking upon a project to build a sizeable power station? Even more so for a renewable energy plant, fed by waste wood or processed waste, where bulk storage of the feedstock is […]

Exciting energy recovery…from every tonne of waste

Waste, rubbish, trash, refuse – whatever you want to call it, the bulk of materials thrown away by households and industry are rich in energy, and prime targets for a secondary use as a feedstock to produce heat and power. With around 30 million tonnes of municipal solid waste and a similar amount of industrial […]

A modern recipe for “green” energy on a MW scale.

When Refgas was founded a decade ago, the concept was to create a robust and versatile system, capable of generating electricity and heat from non-recyclable waste residues, efficiently and cost effectively, whilst maintaining impeccable environmental standards. 10 years later, deals are being done, generating stations are being built, and, whilst governmental incentives for renewable […]

Running a modern EfW plant…it’s a gas!!!

When it comes to turning waste into energy, there’s a technique which really takes it into the 21st century….called gasification. Unlike the outdated incinerators and combustion plants of yesteryear, many of which wouldn’t look out of place as a 1920’s industrial set in Peaky Blinders, these state-of-the-art facilities are now coming of age and providing […]

Ta… for the char?

Char? What is it? Biochar is a valuable by-product from the gasification of wood or woody biomass. Modular gasification is now proven as a clean and very efficient method of converting combustible materials into CHP, with Refgas Ltd leading the way in modular “Plug & Play” systems for industry. With installations capable of generating as […]

Modular power generation for industry… and the fuel can be free!

Historically, technologies capable of converting waste materials into electricity have either been huge, cathedral-scale incineration plants or unreliable, dirty and inefficient small-scale combustion systems. These just don’t work for industrial energy users, who need reliability, efficiency and impeccable green credentials – as well as a reasonable price tag! Finally, this technology has come of age, […]

Modular and scalable CHP from waste-derived fuel

Refgas’ CHP plant in Royal Wootton Bassett (pictured) uses low grade wood from construction and demolition waste to generate both heat and electricity. The surprising thing is the plant’s modest footprint, compared to its generating capacity. The whole development, including feedstock storage, gasification, engines/generator sets, biochar management, water treatment and control centre is neatly laid […]