Is building a gasifier too difficult? Well you could just buy a kit. The links here explore a range of options. Please note we don’t vouch for the availability, reliability or quality of any manufacturer or supplier.
Gasogena Gada This company in Argentina manufactures small gasifiers, the range is from 1 pound to 10 pounds. According to one of our member’s and even though the website is in Spanish, the companies answer contact e-mails in English. No idea about pricing.
Gasification Australia Pty Ltd has commenced
production of the 15 kWe Tasman Gasifier. Tasman gasifier modules (rated to supply gas for existing power generators up to 15 kWe) start at AUD $26,000 and can be trailer or skidmounted. Complete generator systems incorporating the gasifier with gas-engine and 15 kWe alternator are available from AUD $35,000.
International Supply Biz is located in Liskeard, Ontario, Canada. “Is a small scale personal fuel refinery that converts wood chips/wood waste into a gaseous fuel that can be used to power generators, pump water or any small gasoline engine up to 15 HP…. Prices start at $7,990.00 for a complete power unit which includes a 7500 watt (9000 watt peak) generator.”
Zhengzhou Shuliy Machinery Co., Ltd manufacture a range of small gasifiers that use various feedstocks. You will notice in the Western world that these designs are now being marketed by local companies. Many of the gasifiers are designed to generate gas for cooking or heating, few seem to have necessary scrubbing, control, or are designed for sustained electricity generation. We would love to hear from anyone with who has purchased one and has operational experience.
Volter have operational gasifiers in a number of locations in Europe with 30 and 40kW electrical running off wood chips from birch, spruce, pine and aspen. There is a high level of automation that enables unattended operation and remote control. Waste heat from the process can be used in hydronic underfloor heating, preheating of air-conditioning or domestic water, for example. The electricity and heat for the ten houses in Kempele Ecovillage (Finland) are produced by a biomass CHP-plant in the village using Volter’s wood gasification technology. Volter estimates (in Europe) that it takes approximately 20 cubic meters of wood to cover the annual electricity and heating needs and to charge an electric car for a family of six.
Husk Power Systems designs, installs and operates gasifier plants in the range of 25-100kW. Since 2008 HPS has installed 80 plants in Bihar. HPS designs multi-fuel gasifiers which can use multiple types of feedstock such as rice husk, wheathusk, mustard stems, corn cobs and wood chips. An innovative and cheap pre-paid meter (US$8 per unit) enables electricity to be sold like mobile phone talk-times where consumers get their meter charged with the amount of money they have and the meter automatically disconnects supply after the credit is exhausted.
MRC Green located in India with units ranging from size that will run 2kVa – 100kVa generators. Features include: Fuel level Indicator; Temperature Indicator; Generator speed and voltage controller; Ash grate Auger Motor Control; 110mm LCD display; Pic Microcontroller for Gasifer and Generator; Pressure Indicator; Auger Feeding Systed; Sound proof (optional); No water for cleaning and cooling the gas ; Tar free; Fuel dryer by CHP; Air pre heating techonlogy; Remote monitoring options; Flame temperature upto 650C; and Mobile. Price as per the website is US$5,500 for a 5kVA unit FOB to United States.
Multi Purpose Gasifier manufactured by Associated Engineering Works in India. The Multi Purpose Gasifier is designed to cater to these needs by incorporating various gadgets along with small Electric Generator (5 KVA) and a Pump to be run using the same 10 HP engine. In the evenings/nights the generator can be run to illuminate the houses for fixed hours. The locally available Biomass can be used to run the Dual Fuel Diesel Engine with reduced diesel consumption.
National innovation Foundation – India, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. The conventional design has been modified to filter gas and cool unit to get clean gas and ensure smooth operation of engine at low operational cost. It is a compact down draft type bio- mass gasifier used to run a Diesel Engine. Capacity is 5kw to 50 Kw. Claims that many types of feeedstock can be used: wood waste, stalks of cotton, pluses, coconut shells, coconut palm stalks, maize cobs, rice husk, branches & twinges, briquettes of various agricultural residues, Certain Industrial wastes of paper and mill waste.
Trillion Gasifiers are based in Singapore. The gasifiers are widely used in Myanmar with more than 600 units sold in the first 18 months of launching of the product. The Trillion Gasifier is designed to generate producer gas that can be piped directly to any conventional diesel engine for bi-fuel operation. It utilises biomass such as rice husk, sugarcane pulp, wood chips, wood shavings, coarse sawdust, palm oil kernel shell or fibre etc. A specially designed filtration system can clean up the gas giving a gas quality that is fully in compliance with the FAO specifications.
NSR Gas Station gasifier units are built by Northern Self Reliance (NSR) located in Amherst, Maine. This package is comprised of the “Victoria” a six inch gasifier manufactured by NSR with cooling, cleaning and carburetion components to run a small 8-13hp engine or generator. The generator and trolley cart as pictured are not included in the kit. The Gas Station is currently (20 July 2014) advertised for $US1,995 plus shipping costs. Of interest to gasifier builders will be the NSR manufactured Carburetor Adapters, Cyclone Dust Filters, Starting Suction Flares, and Final Filter Assemblies. View the NSR link above for more information.
The Power Pallet is manufactured by All Power Labs based in Berkley, California, United States. Undoubtedly, All Power Systems have contributed to the current and available knowledge-base for small scale gasifier systems. The project started in 2008 with the open source Gasifier Experimenter’s Kit (the GEK) and has progressed a long way since then. They offer a 10kW Power Pallet System for $US18,995 and 20kW sytem for between $US26,995 – $34,995 plus shipping costs. According to Tom, a spokesperson for All Power Labs, there are now more than 400 of these units across the world.
Victory Grid by Victory Gas Works is based in Washington State, United States. The sales page has the 5kWe unit priced at US$34,950. The company provides a ‘rule of thumb’ ROI calculator which shows a payback period of 11 years on the investment.
Vulcan Gasifiers manufacturers turn key systems from 2 kW and 5 kW for stationery motors. The company also makes a lighter and more portable gasifier called the M Series. They claim 60 units sold worlwide, and build larger systems up to 150 kW. “The M-Series II Gasifier with Cyclone Filter and 20″ Condenser best suited for running wood chips and chunks and capable of 10 hp to 25 hp engines is quoted as being $2,100 plus shipping and handling.
STAK Properties are located in Michigan, USA. Nothing on the site site suggests that they build the units and they are very similar to a design being sold on the Chinese international market. The STAK 10K requires 55Lb/hr of wood at peak horsepower to run a 25HP engine. The STAK 10K is on their webiste for US$2,450 and shipping is approx $350.
Superior Gasification are based in Missouri, USA. The Elite Series gas producer are built from stainless steel, fully automated, with a unique ‘sure fire’ starting and ‘pure gas filtration’. Preferred feedstock’s include wood chunks 1 to 4 inches, wood rounds, rice husks, coconut shells, corn stocks/cobs, manure, and nut shells; up to 25% plastic wastes per load! A 20% moisture content maximum is recommended.
LEAF Gasifier The L.E.A.F. Generator gasifier is manufactured and sold by Foutch Manufacturing in Smithville, Tennessee located about 60 miles from Nashville. They have been in business since 1999. Each L.E.A.F. Generator is fabricated by hand with all American made materials and the compnay is ISO 9001:2000 certified. The wood gasifier capable of powering up to a 10KW generator on dry wood or other biomass material. The L.E.A.F. Generator gasifier is a solid steel construction with powder coat finish, made in the USA. A complete ready to run wood gasification system (you provide the generator) is $4,500. Delivery is 4-6 weeks.
ETS Wood Gasifier Plans does not have a company name nor is there contact name on the site. The reactor vessel is quite small and the feedstock hopper holds about 5 gallons (about 19 liters) which is suggested to last around an hour of operating time. The instruction DVD is for Region 1 NTSC and not in PAL (e.g. no good in Australia) and international purchase costs US$27.00 plus US$52.00 for shipping.
Brandon, one of our members said he built an ETS, “I am quite happy with the unit I built and it works… I have a lathe and made the flanges and a few little things but I could have gotten by with a little scrounging around. When I took stock of my ability to be “independent in an emergency” I realized that water was going to be the deal breaker. The plans and a DC well pump filled that need nicely. It is a small unit but it only has to charge my batteries. It is not a cheap product but it works.”