Ankur Energy Technologies has signed a supply contract with Clenergen, under which Ankur will build and install turnkey gasification biomass power plants, known as gasifiers, at designated sites in the Philippines, which Clenergen is to own and manage pursuant to an agreement it entered into earlier this year with the National Power Corporation of The Philippines.
The gasifiers will convert wood chips into carbon-neutral electricity. The supply contract also provides for Ankur to supply other proposed plants Clenergen intends to install, own and manage in its global operations, including those plants subject to exclusive sales and distribution rights in Guyana, Ghana, Zambia, Ethiopia and Libya.
Each 1MW/hr of generating capacity is sufficient to supply electricity to between 10,000-20,000 households (lights only) and 7,000-14,000 households (if including lights and a fridge). The gasifer produce on average 25% more generating power than traditional combustion steam biomass power plants, according to the company.
Units can be installed and commissioned within six to eight months from the date of placement of order, the company said.
The type of gasifier to be used under the supply contract is known as an Imbert (or Throated) Fixed-Bed Downdraft Gasifier. Clenergen believes that this type of gasifier inherently produces gas with the lowest tars and particulates of all the biomass gasifier designs, making it well-suited for power-generation.
Mark Quinn, chief executive officer of Clenergen, said “Ankur’s proven gasification technology is a turnkey solution for providing off grid electricity to rural communities throughout the regions where we are cultivating biomass crops as a source of fuel supplies for energy generating plants.
“We believe that Ankur has an excellent track record and manufacturing facilities, as well as provides adequate warranties on all equipment supplied. The carbon neutral process will provide for Reduction of Certificates Emissions (RECS) of which are estimated at 6000 Metric tonnes per MW per annum, based on a 1MW/h biomass power plant.”