FICFB-Reactor - Thermal Gasification
The Hofbauer Reactor is the world´s first functioning FICFB (Fast Internally Circulating Fluidized Bed) plant. The core of the plant is formed by the two inter-connected fluidized bed systems of the fluidized bed steam gasifier (reactor).
In the gasification zone the cut-down biomass is whirled up and gasified in anaerobic conditions at approx. 850°C in the shortest time possible by introducing steam. The bed material (olivine sand) has the function of a heat transfer medium and provides a stable temperature in the reactor.
In the next step the resultant product gas is purified and cooled. The heat emitted during cooling is used for the generation of district heat. Subsequently, the gas is filtered, and tar scrubbed with bio-diesel. In this specialized process all resulting residual materials are recycled.
In the gas purification neither solid waste nor waste water arises, and the product gas is completely free from nitrogen. Fluidized bed steam gasifiers work extraordinarily reliably and regularly (7,000-8,000 operating hours per annum) and are considered state-of-the-art (Best Available Technology).
A downstream engine optimized for gas operation can produce electric power and heat from the product gas (combined heat and power, CHP), with the overall efficiency being higher than 85%. Alternatively, a methanization plant also allows the generation of bio synthetic natural gas (BioSNG) from product gas in certified quality. The product gas consist of up to 40% of hydrogen, which can be extracted; in Fischer-Tropsch-Synthesis high-grade fuels can be synthetisized from the product gas.
The GRE Multi-Fuel Plant, the logical advancement of the plant developed in Güssing and in use there since 2002, reliably provides energy with system relevance – i.e., a minimum of 7.000 hours per annum – and, in addition to the feedstock wood, also allows waste materials rich in hydrocarbon, dried sewage sludge, and the like, to be used as feedstock for gas generation.
The energetic exploitation of waste otherwise unusable as a material is increasingly becoming of interest to communities, as waste management presents an enormous logistic and financial burden which will still increase in the future. In gas generation the toxic potential of the waste is eliminated without causing harm to the environment.
What is used here, is fractions of high caloric value from the mechanical-biological processing of domestic waste, domestic-waste-like industrial waste, and the like. The construction of the GRE Hofbauer Reactor is more than 50% cheaper than that of comparable waste combustion plants.
The advancement was realized with the scientific support of the Vienna University of Technology (Prof. Hermann Hofbauer) and our strategic partner, the experienced energy business consulting firm Consulectra (an affiliate of the RWTÜV Group).
The planning of the Multi-Fuel Plant has been completed, documented and certified, the application for a patent will be filed shortly. Blueprints for putting it into practice are ready. This makes Güssing Renewable Energy the world´s only enterprise which is in a position to offer this technology on a realistic basis. Owing to the cooperation with the Vienna University of Technology GRE has a technological lead of 10-15 years.
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tech flash Hofbauer Reactor II from 2MWhcal / 0.5 MWhel to 40MWhcal / 10MWhel
This film is a virtual walkthrough of the 2nd generation Hofbauer Reactor, a biomass gasification power plant based on the Fast Internally Circulating Fluidized Bed (FICFB) technology. Utilizing other carbonic residues, aside from wood chips, for the production of energy enables broader Carbon Recycling.
Coming to Gussing, Austria soon.
tech flash The FICFB process
Walkthrough of the heart of the Hofbauer Reactor: The Fast Internally Circulating Fluidized Bed (FICFB) technology.
Technology by Güssing Renewable Energy GmbH
Animation by Consulectra Unternehmensberatung GmbH
news flash GRE workshop on gasification
Gussing Renewable Energy gathered its experts from around the world from the scientific, practical, technical and management side to discuss the newest developments of the thermal gasification technology.
tech flash making pellets for gasification
Watch how a variety of carbonic residues can be transformed into pellets --> a homogeneous feedstock ideal for gasification in the Hofbauer Reactor.
new crops for energy production part 1
In Burgenland, Austria an energy crop is being cultivated, which could be utilized in the Hofbauer-Reactor for the production of energy. We visited the person who runs the plantation and asked him about his experiences with the crop.
new crops for energy production part 2
We continued looking for alternative feedstock to be utilized in the Hofbauer-Reactor for the production of energy and met Mr. Pinter who manages various short-rotation plantations and tells us his experiences with the crops.
tech flash gasification animation -> polygeneration
This animation of the Hofbauer-Reactor will show you how we produce a multitude of energy-products such as electricity, heat, natural gas and liquid fuels from carbonic residues. We call this process "polygeneration". Instead of combusting the waste material, which create additional CO2 in the atmosphere, our gasification technology is 100% CO2-neutral.
tech flash liquid fuels from biomass through Fischer-Tropsch synthesisIn this video we show you how we convert biomass to liquid fuels. Through Fischer Tropsch synthesis, the cleaned syn-gas from the Hofbauer-Reactor can be turned into waxes for further refining to liquid fuels. With the side-by-side comparison, you will see the advantages of biomass derived fuels compared to fossil fuels.
Gasification vs. Incineration
In this video the two applications gasification and incineration are compared, whereas the advantages of gasification are clearly visualized.
Japanese media visit Gussing
Due to the rising interest in Japan in alternative and sustainable energy solutions, media representatives from Oita Godo Shimbun Inc. came to visit Gussing to find out more about the unique, decentralized energy model.
India's largest cement producer ACC Ltd. visits Gussing
K.N. Rao, the Director for Energy and Environment of ACC Limited, a member of the Holcim Group, visited Gussing to find out more about the Hofbauer-Reactor. ACC Limited is India's largest cement producer and is interested to cut down their CO2 emissions by generating energy for their manufacturing from renewable resources.
energy crisis - old news for the salt industry
A documentary about the energy-crisis of the salt industry over the last centuries. The efficient utilization of biomass was an important cornerstone to accelerate the development of the salt industry in the municipality of Steinbach by the Attersee. The first wood scarcity in the 12th century made the locals inventive.
Today, the salt industry by the Attersee imports fossil fuels from abroad. With the help of the Hofbauer-Reactor, local wood resources could be utilized for decentralized and sustainable energy production.
License agreement with Edison Power Co. Ltd. from Japan signed
Güssing Renewable Energy GmbH and Edison Power Co. Ltd. sign a license agreement for the exclusive rights to the GRE FICFB Gasification Technology in Japan
Güssing Renewable Energy GmbH proudly announces the signing of a license agreement with Edison Power Co. Ltd. for the exclusive rights to manufacture, build and operate thein Japan. The GRE FICFB Gasification Technology, developed at the Vienna University of Technology, under the lead of Prof. Hermann Hofbauer, is the first functioning FICFB (Fast Internally Circulating Fluidised Bed) plant worldwide. The first plant of this technology was commissioned in Güssing, Austria in 2002 and has since achieved over 80,000 operating hours.
The partnership with Edison Power Co. Ltd. foresees the construction of the first demonstration plant in 2014-2015. This first plant will serve as know-how transfer and to showcase the ability of this technology to potential public and private customers in Japan. The first commercial plant, with 1MW electric output, is scheduled in the Ibaragi prefecture in 2015.
Prime Minister Abe’s policy to activate Japan’s rural communities creates large potential for sustainable and renewable energy solutions. The GRE FICFB Gasification Technology is a ready-to-use technology for the utilization of carbonic waste-streams for decentralized and CO2-neutral energy production.
Mr. Peter Panholzer, CEO of Güssing Renewable Energy GmbH: “We are happy and confident to step into a partnership with Edison Power in Japan, to provide our Carbon Recycling© technology and our community development to the Japanese communities."