Flexible Production of Synthetic Natural Gas and Biochar via Gasification of Biomass and Waste Feedstocks
FlexSNG is a jointly funded Horizon 2020 project that aims at fostering international collaboration between the European Union and Canada in the strategic sectors of bioenergy and biofuels
Biomethane, also known as “renewable natural gas”, is a near-pure source of methane produced either by upgrading biogas or, as in FlexSNG, through the gasification of solid biomass followed by methanation. The high-purity biomethane produced in the FlexSNG process complies with the gas quality specifications of natural gas networks and can therefore be stored and distributed using the existing gas infrastructure. Biomethane can be used in various applications in energy production, transportation and industry.
The new gasification-based concept of FlexSNG allows reducing biomethane production costs by 30% compared to state-of-the-art biomass-to-SNG designs owing to the combination of new technology innovations in the conversion process and feedstock supply chain optimization. The target is at medium-scale conversion plants, corresponding to 50-150 MWth feedstock input, that enables the use of local biomass residues and biogenic waste fractions without heavy transport logistics.
The proposed FlexSNG activities support several of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular:
FlexSNG is built on international cooperation between European and Canadian partners allowing the project to ensure effective realisation of project activities and achievement of cost reduction targets set for both feedstock supply and conversion process. One of the key benefits of the FlexSNG process is its feedstock-flexibility, which allows for wide geographical replication of biofuels/bioenergy carriers production in Europe, Canada and beyond.
€ 4.4 Million
Test of performance in gasifier-fed conditions and advances in the design of the prototype module to couple to VTT gasifier Oxygen transport membranes, or OTMs,
Two pilot-scale gasification test campaigns conducted at VTT’s Pilot Centre Bioruukki – process conditions in the gasifier optimized for co-production of biochar and synthesis gas from woody residues
One of the core activities in the FlexSNG project is to develop a new gasification process that can co-produce biochar and good-quality raw synthesis gas
The transition towards climate neutrality by 2050 is one of the main themes in the agenda of the European Union and its member states. To reach this target, the European Union aims at increasing the share of renewable energy sources in both heat, electricity and transport use.