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August 22, 2000

Biomass Gasification Milestone


Atlanta-based Future Energy Resources Corporation (FERCO) has achieved a major milestone in commercializing the SilvaGas(TM) process, its biomass gasification technology, by successfully operating its commercial scale demonstration plant in Burlington, Vermont. FERCO designed and built the gasifier, the largest U.S. biomass gasification facility, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, who provided technical assistance and funding for facility construction and testing, and the Burlington Electric Department.

The facility attained full operation on August 11, 2000 and converted more than 285 tons of wood chips into SilvaGas, a medium Btu gas that is substitutable for natural gas. The SilvaGas was piped directly to Burlington Electric Department's McNeil Generating Plant, where it produced more than 140 MWh of electric power, enough energy to power 6000 homes. "This breakthrough, made possible by an innovative public-private partnership, is a significant step forward in establishing a thriving bio-based products and bio-energy industry," said U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson. "Furthermore, electricity generated from biomass will create additional markets for agricultural and forestry products and waste without harming the environment."

"In proving the viability of this gasification process, we have taken a big step towards replacing combustion and incineration as the dominant methods for converting biomass into energy. The environmental implications and the role of renewable energy as an efficient and competitive energy source are substantial," said Inge Fretheim, FERCO President and CEO. FERCO will now transition into a period of continuous operations of the gasifier to optimize performance parameters.  

 

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