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Suranari University of Technology installs Biomass Gasification Power Plant

October 23, 2006

October 23, 2006

Suranari University of Technology installs Biomass Gasification Power Plant

Opening Ceremony held on October 16, 2006

The Satake Corporation has installed a Biomass Gasification Power Plant at Suranari University of Technology as part of a joint research project. The opening ceremony, held on October 16, 2006, was attended by Her Royal Highness Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. Also in attendance were Dr. Toshiko Satake, Chairperson of Satake Corporation, and Mr. Muneo Yoshioka, President of Satake (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

To enable the project, 2002 saw Satake Corporation enter into a technical partnership with the Indian Institute of Science for the Biomass Gasification Power Plant. As a result Satake have obtained sole sales rights in several Asian countries.

In June 2005, with Satake seeking to install a pilot plant in Thailand, Suranari University of Technology offered to provide Satake with a suitable location, subsequently deciding to enter into a joint research agreement with Satake. The installation was completed in November 2005. Suranari University of Technology and Satake Corporation aim to continue their cooperation with particular interest in developing applications for biogas.

In previous years Satake had generously donated a rice milling plant to the royally initiated agricultural district promotion project of Thailand, called "Khao Hin Son Project" in 1984.

The Princess attended the opening ceremony of the rice milling plant, commenting "I remember it very well" after looking at previous photographs of Dr. Toshihiko Satake, Honorary Chairman of Satake Corporation, escorting His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Details of Biomass Gasification Power Plant
  1. Specification
    • Reactor : Open-Top Down-Draft Type Reactor
    • Capacity : 100kW
    • Fuel : 130kg/h (Rice Husk), 100kg/h (Wood chip)
  2. Features
    • High Efficiency :Thermal efficiency in generation is approx. 20%.(10% higher compared witha conventional type) Power consumption of the plant is approx. 15% against total power generated. (5% lower compared with a conventional type)
    • High Versatility :Not only rice husk and wood chip, but also sawdust, baggase, dried grass,wastepaper, coffee waste and coconut waste can be combusted.
    • Clean Biogas :Tar and vinegar in biogas is decomposed, by passing through the combustion section.
  3. Principle of Gasification
    • Type of Gas Generated : Hydrogen gas (H2), Carbon Monoxide Gas (CO), Methane gas (CH4).
    • Principles : Husk and wood chip as fuel is fed to the top of the reactor. The fuel is dried, decomposed by heat, oxidized and reduced by passing through the reactor. At the oxidization stage, the temperature reaches more than 900?Eand tar and PM(particulate matter) is decomposed.
  4. Records
    • Total 37 Biomass Gasification Power Plants have been installed, 35 being overseas and 2 in Japan.

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