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Carbon-Negative Heat And Power From Biomass Gasification

ZeroPoint's biomass gasification system
ZeroPoint’s biomass gasification system produces carbon-negative heat and power, as well as carbon sequestering biochar.

ZeroPoint Clean Tech’s second biomass gasification deployment is producing carbon-negative heat and power in Newry, Ireland. The company’s first site has been operational in Germany since late last year.

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 in the form of porous charcoal. It has multiple uses in agriculture and industry and can itself be used as a fuel. 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. ZeroPoint is also working to commercialize a 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 CEO, John Gaus, commented, “We are very excited to be working on a second successful deployment of an advanced biomass-to-energy solution. We believe that we are currently producing the most stable, steady state and clean gas chemistry from biomass gasification in the world. We fully expect this second project to achieve operational robustness, reliability and commercial profitability.”

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 multiple, grid-connected, carbon-negative power plants and we plan to empower additional sites in the near future.”

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