ZeroPoint Clean Tech Announces Second Live Carbon-Negative Biomass Gasification Power Plant.
Base Load Electricity from Biomass Sequesters Carbon and Powers European Grid at Second Location
ZeroPoint Clean Tech, Inc. (ZeroPoint) has announced that its second biomass gasification deployment is producing carbon negative heat and power. The second site to achieve successful grid connection is in Newry, Ireland. The first site is operational in Germany.
ZeroPoint's carbon negative process utilizes biomass to create renewable gas and yields biochar as a co-product. Biochar is a highly stable form of sequestered carbon with multiple uses in agriculture and industry. Renewable gas from the ZeroPoint solution is cost competitive with burner tip natural gas in much of the world. The gas in Ireland is combusted in a gas engine to produce power for the local utility grid. The gas and engine also produce useable heat. The ZeroPoint Solution can be deployed to produce renewable synthesis gas used in gas engines, steam boilers, thermal applications, or co-firing with coal, oil, biogas or biomass. The Company is also working to commercialize a patent pending process to upgrade sewage sludge and other low-grade materials for improved gasification and combustion as well as working to convert syngas into liquid hydrocarbons.
ZeroPoint is currently working with a number of strategic relationships to assemble and deploy a basket of similar projects across North America and Europe. "Biomass technologies are fundamentally differentiated from wind and solar technologies," said Company Chairman, John Blend. Traditional wind and solar voltaic power are intermittent with weather and nightfall whereas biomass projects deliver base load energy and integrate more easily with utility grids. "We see biomass filling a growing role in renewables as well as delivering highly attractive returns to project investors. I believe, at the moment, we are the only solution provider in the world to enable two, grid-connected, carbon-negative power plants and we plan to empower additional sites in the near future." (8/6/2012)
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August 11, 2012 – Vol. 17 No.21