Dutch Technology Turning Waste into Green Gas Goes Global
PETTEN and MAASSLUIS, The Netherlands, May 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
– ECN and Royal Dahlman sign licence agreement for MILENA gasification
The MILENA technology to produce green gas, electricity or fluid fuels from waste and
biomass, developed by leading Dutch energy institute ECN, will be applied on a global
scale in the next few years. ECN has signed a license agreement with Dutch company Royal
Dahlman, which will implement this technology in various countries and across many
With innovative MILENA gasification, various kinds of waste and biomass can be
converted into high energy gas. In ECN’s testing facility wood and agricultural waste from
soya or rice was used. The gas MILENA produces can be converted to a) electricity through
combined heat and power stations or gas turbines, b) into bio diesel and other
transportation fuels or c) into biogas for the grid. Thus, MILENA helps solve both waste
and energy problems.
To remove tar from the gas ECN has developed “OLGA” technology. Royal Dahlman uses
both technologies. In the Dutch city of Alkmaar a testing plant has been constructed for
the gasification of waste. Meanwhile in India, a testing facility has been built to
generate electricity from agricultural waste. And finally in the UK the Energy
Technologies Institute (ETI) has selected Royal Dahlman to design the most cost effective
waste-to-energy plant, combining MILENA and OLGA.
“MILENA is the missing link through which biomass may be converted into a usable gas.
The problem of biomass gasification has always been its low efficiency. We have solved
that with MILENA,” commented Ruud van den Brink of ECN. “Compared to other technologies
it’s suitable for the gasification of various wastes and biomasses. The gas it produces
can be used to make biogas, but also bio diesel.”
Royal Dahlman has a lot of clients who want to use the gas in combined heat and power
stations to generate electricity. In the future the company also hopes to turn the gas
into transportation fuels or chemical products. “Power can be generated by wind turbines
or solar panels. To make diesel or gasoline from renewables you need carbon-based biomass
or waste. Royal Dahlman intends to use MILENA and OLGA technology in both the electricity
and fuel markets,” said Jan-Willem Konemann of Royal Dahlman.