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2008-09-01 03:00:18

By Harris, Linda CONSOL Energy and Houston-based Synthesis Energy Systems, the two companies bankrolling a new, $800 million coal-to-liquid plant in Marshall County, say it just makes sense to build it in West Virginia. CONSOL and SES are teaming up in a joint venture, Northern Appalachia Fuel LLC, to develop and operate a coal gasification and liquification plant in Benwood. It will employ 60-plus workers on a permanent basis to start, and 300 to 500 people during the construction...

2008-08-27 09:01:20

Emerging gasification technologies could rapidly advance gasification deployment in the next five to ten years and are being used in advanced, modular systems that significantly reduce capital and plant-operating costs. Prefabricated-gasification systems are easily built and transported to the site. Pending CO2 laws have also created an opportunity for advanced-gasification technologies to be fully developed by smaller firms that need fuel with less CO2 impact. The most significant...

2008-08-24 22:57:36

ONE of the most coveted experiences of a university academic staff is the opportunity to undertake a leading edge in research. Chemical Engineering Department Associate Professor Dr Noor Asmawati M. Zabidi (pic) took the advantage to do just that when she was sent to the Eindhoven University of Technology in Holland. "I went there to explore new research areas in the field of nanocatalysis, specifically for gas-to-liquid conversion process," says Asmawati, who was there for nine months....

2008-08-20 12:00:00

By KELLEY PRICE A HIGH-temperature process that converts plant and food waste into essential products is emerging on Teesside. The technology could produce everything from the vital chemicals already used in everyday life to next-generation biodiesel in a highly sustainable way. The environmental promise of products created from the process known as pyrolysis is impressive. Syngas, for example, a stepping stone on the holy grail towards producing synthetic diesel and petrol from...

2008-08-19 09:00:35

Synthesis Energy Systems has announced that its 95%-owned joint venture with the Shandong Hai Hua Coal & Chemical Company has obtained key government approvals for the second phase expansion of its existing Hai Hua project in Zaozhuang City of the Shandong Province in China. The Phase-2 expansion will result in additional production capacity of approximately 17,000 standard cubic meters per hour (scm/hr) of high grade syngas at this site. After completion of the expansion, the plant...

2008-08-18 18:00:35

HOUSTON, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc. ("SES") has announced that its 95%-owned joint venture project with Shandong Hai Hua Coal & Chemical Company Ltd. ("SHHCCC") obtained key government approvals for the expansion ("Phase II") of its existing Hai Hua project in Zaozhuang City, Shandong Province, China. The Phase II expansion will result in additional production capacity of approximately 17,000 standard cubic meters per hour ("scm/hr") (a 15 MW...

2008-08-18 12:00:49

VANCOUVER, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- After two years of biomass gasification testing at the company's Product Development Centre in Kamloops, BC, Nexterra Energy Corp. (http://www.nexterra.ca/) has confirmed that renewable synthesis gas, or "syngas", produced by its gasifier has the ability to displace at least 60ӚÓš perӚÓš cent of fossil...

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2008-08-14 11:05:34

Nanoscale catalysts could tap syngas as cheap source of ethanol Say the word "biofuels" and most people think of grain ethanol and biodiesel.  But there's another, older technology called gasification that's getting a new look from researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University. By combining gasification with high-tech nanoscale porous catalysts, they hope to create ethanol from a wide range of biomass, including distiller's grain left over from...

2008-08-08 03:00:39

Clean energy solutions provider Rentech has announced the successful production of synthetic fuels at its product demonstration unit in Commerce City, Colorado. Rentech's product demonstration unit (PDU) is claimed to be the only synthetic fuels facility in the US producing transportation fuels. Rentech said that the facility is designed to produce approximately 420 gallons per day of synthetic jet and diesel fuels and demonstrates the successful design, construction and operation of a...

2008-07-31 15:00:51

LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., July 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Air Products has signed a long-term contract with Weihe Clean Energy Company Limited, a subsidiary of Shaan'xi Weihe Coal Chemical Group Ltd, one of China's largest coal-based fertilizer and methanol producers, to supply onsite gaseous oxygen and nitrogen for its phase three coal-to-chemicals project in Weinan Hi-Tech Zone (WHTZ) in Weinan city, Shaan'xi Province, Western China. Air Products will build, own and operate a new air...


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