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Gasification - Misconception Between Gasification and Pyrolysis

Gasification is the process of converting organic matter into carbon char, and syngas, through heating the matter to high temperatures in an oxygen reduced environment.

Gasification is achieved in a gasifier where oxygen is reduced to a level that combustion will not occur. This results in the matter breaking down and releasing a volatile gas called syngas.
The syngas produced through gasification is predominately carbon monoxide, hydrogen, and carbon dioxide.
Gassification is also used to create bio fuel from certain waste matter such as tyres, and plastics.

It is a common misconception that Gasification is Pyrolysis. This is far from the truth. Many gasification plants existing today make false claims that their process is a pyrolysis process.

There are key differences between Pyrolysis and Gasification. The main difference is that gasification is achieved with a reduction of oxygen, whereas Pyrolysis is the process of sublimating organic matter in the absence of oxygen.

The TRU is a true pyrolysis system. The feedstock is first shredded, or pelletised to a particle size of less than 25mm. This feedstock is then introduced into the primary retort chamber through a rotary airlock which prevents the entry of external oxygen into the system.

The TRU is a continuous feed system which is designed to run non stop, 24/7. This allows for a constant input of up to 2 tonnes of waste per hour. Multiple TRU’s may be deployed side by side to process larger volumes of waste.

The TRU sets a new benchmark in pyrolysis. The efficiencies of the whole system make the TRU an economically viable alternative to waste disposal and energy production.