PROGAS - Gasification and Pyrolysis R&D Programme 1997-1999

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The publicly funded gasification and pyrolysis research activities of VTT have been integrated into a three-year programme to elevate the profile of Finnish gasification and pyrolysis R&D and to efficiently maintain contacts with foreign enterprises that utilise these technologies. The programme is focused on applied technical research, and on process and equipment development done in co-operation with industries. The total volume of the programme in 1997-99 will amount to FIM 35 million, the main financiers being VTT, several EU Pro-grammes, the Technology Development Centre (Tekes) and a number of enter-prises. In addition to VTT's R&D projects, several confidential industrial and demonstration projects are also linked to the PROGAS programme. The PROGAS programme aims at promoting development and commercialisa-tion of energy production methods based on gasification and pyrolysis technol-ogy as well as creating new export products. The processes concerned will be more efficient, environmentally sounder and, in the long term, also more profit-able than the competing conventional combustion technology. This aim will be achieved through the following technical sub-tasks: · Supporting on-going and planned demonstration projects based on pressur-ised gasification through follow-up studies, test runs and solving critical problems · Improving the competitiveness of simplified IGCC plants by developing gasification of coal and biomass mixtures, hot gas cleaning and other critical parts of the process · Supporting demonstration projects based on atmospheric-pressure gasifica-tion, and solving critical problems that are hampering the commercialisation of the gasification systems for problematic agrobiomasses and wastes · Development and demonstration of power plant concepts based on flash py-rolysis and diesel engines and development of catalytic tar cleanup, presently the bottleneck of the gasification diesel power plant · Development of biomass-based flash pyrolysis oils to boiler fuels · Active development of new conversion methods for solid fuels and initiation of new research and development projects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPower Production from Biomass III
Subtitle of host publicationGasification and Pyrolysis R&D&D for Industry
Place of PublicationEspoo
PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
ISBN (Print)951-38-5267-9
Publication statusPublished - 1999
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventPower Production from Biomass III: Gasification and Pyrolysis R&D&D for Industry - Espoo, Finland
Duration: 14 Sep 199815 Sep 1998

Publication series

SeriesVTT Symposium


ConferencePower Production from Biomass III


  • gasification

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