With the extensive range of products and solutions from Rockwell Automation, customers in the gas production industry benefit from a coherent package that meets their needs... all from a single source. This has been invaluable to Austria's Erwin Schiefer for his wood gasification project. He started out building a plant for his farm's use and now sells plants to other companies too.
This has been invaluable to Austria’s Erwin Schiefer for his wood gasification project. He started out building a plant for his farm’s use and now sells plants to other companies too.
The production of gas from wood burning is a complex process with a number of potential pitfalls. It places heavy demands on the plant control system, which needs to detect and counterbalance any process related deviations right at the outset. A high level of built-in intelligence is also required in the other components deployed in the system. A huge electricity bill prompted Austrian farmer Erwin Schiefer to think about becoming his own energy supplier. Schiefer knew that some natural energy sources were slowly but surely coming to an end, whereas there is still a lot of untapped potential in other sources – such as wood.
Although power generation by wood gasification was discovered some 200 years ago, it never really took off as there were always easier or more cost-effective alternatives available. Schiefer says: “Wood gasification technology is difficult to get right and many companies have failed at it. Although it's relatively easy to produce the gas, ensuring the stability of the system is where the real challenge comes in.”