New joint venture to accelerate commercialization of Dutch gasification technology

PETTEN, the Netherlands, 14 April 2017 — Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (“ECN”) and partner Dahlman Renewable Technology (“DRT”) are pleased to announce the April 14 signing of an agreement for the launch of MOJI, a new joint venture to fast track gasification technology commercialization. MOJI technology efficiently converts a wide range of sustainable feedstocks to electricity, green gas, chemicals and even sustainable fuels. This is an exciting next step in enabling the transition to a sustainable energy system worldwide.

MOJI (Milena Olga Joint Innovation B.V.) is a new joint venture formed around the gasification technology MILENA and the tar removal process OLGA, both developed by ECN in cooperation with DRT. ECN and DRT will each own 50% of the new joint venture, which will be managed by DRT.

The technology development has accelerated over the last few years, with ECN delivering scientific knowledge, and DRT delivering engineering and project management expertise. Wil Poort, general manager at DRT says: “The technology is now ready for full scale implementation and there is much interest both here in the Netherlands and around the world. I am very happy that by launching MOJI, we can now combine our efforts with ECN. Furthermore, we are delighted to have our launching customer Synova on board as well.” With ECN and DRT’s Dutch roots, MOJI is a truly Dutch technology ready to be introduced worldwide.

Best efficiency
ECN and DRT have an established history of collaboration on gasification technology. Synova is an investor in DRT via is parent company, Royal Dahlman, and it has a strong pipeline of gasification projects where MILENA and OLGA will be incorporated, the first of which is due to be announced later this year. Giffen Ott, CEO at Synova explains their interest: “Before backing this technology, we were technology agnostic and scrutinized and compared representatives of all of the competing technologies for waste-to-energy. We determined that MILENA and OLGA were best-in-class as MILENA-OLGA offer the best efficiency, delivering 1.5x – 2.0x more saleable output than most of the existing incinerators. MILENA-OLGA thoroughly remove contaminants before the gas is used, so rather than simply combusting gasified waste we have a pure product gas which can be used in a gas turbine or alternative use. This makes MILENA-OLGA the first truly clean waste-to-energy solution capable of fitting within the existing economics of the developing world, where waste is most in need of a sanitary solution. The announced joint venture creates a unified vision and management for the commercial roll-out of the technology.”

Green energy and chemicals
Gasification is a process for converting a wide range of organic and carbonaceous materials into a combustible gas, called producer gas, instead of burning it in an incinerator. ECN’s proprietary MILENA technology is a so-called indirect gasification process in which the heat generation and the actual gasification process take place in separate reactors. The tar which is produced during the MILENA process is removed with ECN’s OLGA cleaning system that strips the tars from the gas and cleans the gas of dust and aerosols. These tars, which represent a high energy value, are collected and recycled back to the gasifier where their energy value is fully recovered. This unique design philosophy to maximise the efficiency of the process also means that its environmental impact is significantly lower than incinerators.

The feedstock used for the gasification process can be very diverse, ranging from the organic fraction of industrial and urban waste such as plastic to agricultural residues. “It is important to note that MILENA and OLGA not only enable green electricity but also the production of green chemicals,” says ECN’s Martin Scheepers. “We are building a pilot plant in Alkmaar for the production of green SNG (substitute natural gas), and ECN will continue to work on new developments for green chemicals production within its R&D programme.”

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About ECN
ECN (Energy research Centre of the Netherlands) is an international leader in energy innovation. We do research in the field of solar power, wind energy, biomass, waste, energy efficiency, the environment and sustainable energy systems. In addition to this, we advise on policy and strategic matters as an independent party. We frequently do this in collaboration with the private sector as well as government authorities, both at home and abroad. Our research focuses on finding innovative solutions to promote the use of sustainable energy and energy conservation. For more information, please visit www.ecn.nl.

About DRT
DRT is the renewable division of Dahlman Industrial Group BV (“Royal Dahlman”). Royal Dahlman is a leading specialist in the removal or separation of contaminants for the world’s leading refiners and petrochemical plants. The MOJI technologies represent adaptations of technologies proven in the refinery business, and DRT’s role grew out of Royal Dahlman’s 128-year heritage of excellence in delivering service-proven solutions and maintenance for tough filtration problems in such industries. This history of excellence was formally recognized in 2011, when Dahlman honourably received a “Royal” designation from Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. For more information, please visit www.renewableenergy.nl.

About Synova
Synova, also known as Synova Power, is a developer of waste and biomass gasification technology and projects, with a special focus on integrated gasification combined cycle (“IGCC”) plants and co-production of chemicals. Synova’s primary offices are in the Netherlands, where it is co-located with DRT, and Bangkok, Thailand, the base of its Asian development operations.

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