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They Call It “Distributed Modular Gasification”

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That means the re-examination of technologies that perhaps didn’t get the attention they deserved a couple of years ago, but are now being considered as having great potential. One might be what is called “Distributed Modular Gasification” or DMG. The technology turns unrecyclable plastic into hydrogen.  

PowerHouse Energy (PHE), a UK company, developed DMG which uses waste plastic, end-of-life tires, and other waste. It can efficiently and economically convert them into EcoSynthesis gas from which valuable products such as chemical precursors, hydrogen, electricity, and other industrial products may be derived. PHE says it’s one of the world’s first proven modular hydrogen from waste (HfW) processes. The DMG process can generate in excess of 1 ton of road-fuel quality hydrogen and more than 28 mega-watts per hour of exportable electricity per day. The PHE process produces low levels of safe residues and requires a small operating footprint, making it suitable for deployment at enterprise and community level.

The Toyota Tsusho Corporation is getting serious about the technology. It’s considering a partnership with PHE and the commercial deployment of DMG in Japan as PHE’s project development partner, Waste2Tricity Ltd (W2T), is currently negotiating a pipeline of projects in the UK.

Howard White, W2T’s executive deputy chairman, says, “We have been delighted by the level of interest shown in the PowerHouse DMG concept in the region and I will shortly be going to Japan for further discussions with Toyota Tsusho Corporation about how a partnership could be established to exploit this mould breaking technology, initially within Japan, with PHE supplying technical expertise and W2T leading the commercial deployment.”

Takashi Torigoe, General Manager Chemical Business Development Department Toyota Tsusho Corporation, comments, “We have been reviewing Power House Energy’s DMG technology over the last few months and take great interest in it. We are excited and looking forward to a potential partnership in Japan and possibly worldwide.”

Have you heard of Distributed Modular Gasification?

Have you seen it in action?

Do you think the world is ready for it?  MSW_bug_web

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