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  • Minnova (MCI) announces positive biomass gasification test results and other business development opportunities
  • The gasification tests achieve over 50 per cent H2 content in syngas
  • There have also been opportunities identified to further increase the H2 content of syngas
  • Minnova (MCI) is an evolving cleantech company building a worldwide pipeline of green energy projects, including the Minnova Renewable Energy sub-company focusing on innovative carbon reduction technologies
  • Minnova (MCI) is down today, trading at C$0.06 as of 3:22 pm ET

Minnova (MCI), the cleantech company, announce positive biomass gasification test results and other business development opportunities.

The gasification tests achieved over 50 per cent H2 content in syngas. The positive gasification test results came back for corn stover from Romania and Pineapple waste from Costa Rica. There have also been opportunities identified to further increase the H2 content of syngas.

Discussions with major equipment manufacturers (power generation) for direct syngas to power generation have been initiated. Gasification technology has been selected to participate in the Canadian Technology Accelerator program to address Southeast Asia’s climate target of net-zero carbon emissions.

Test work was conducted at the University of Teramo, Italy, Department of Biosciences and Agri-Food and Environmental Technologies under the supervision of Prof. Sergio Rapagnà. Corn and pineapple waste samples were dried and pelletized in a commercial pellet plant to approximate future industrial-scale operations, as shown in the image below.

Source: Minnova Corp.

Pelletized samples were fed into the DUMA-designed fluidized bed reactor and gasified under controlled conditions. The resulting syngas flow rates and H2 content exceeded expectations (minimum target of 50% H2) for both corn and pineapple samples.

The concentration of tar in the syngas for both samples was in line with the test results of comparable biomasses. Observations during testing suggest an opportunity exists to further improve the quality (% H2 content) and volume (gas yield Nm3/kg daf) of the resulting syngas by adjusting some of the operating parameters.

With positive gasification results in hand, we are now in a position to start detailed techno-economic studies on project initiatives in Costa Rica and Romania. In-country work will include soliciting biomass supply agreements, commercial offtake agreements for either green H2, electrical power or byproduct thermal energy, and definitive commercial site selection.

The results demonstrate continued progress towards the goal of producing a high H2 content syngas from biomass gasification that can be purified to a green H2, utilized for direct power generation, or further processed to produce other valuable biofuels.

The company is participating in the Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) program with the specific goal of addressing Southeast Asia’s climate target of net-zero carbon emissions between 2050 and 2065.

Southeast Asia’s carbon emission reduction target is ambitious, with the current energy supply dominated by fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas). Biomass may represent the only viable, carbon-neutral, sustainable, and secure replacement for current base load electrical power production.

Minnova (MCI) is an evolving cleantech company building a worldwide pipeline of green energy projects, including the Minnova Renewable Energy sub-company focusing on innovative carbon reduction technologies.

Minnova (MCI) is down today, trading at C$0.06 as of 3:22 pm ET.


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