200 Tons/Day BioOil Plant Engineering Completed
DynaMotive and Tecna's joint modular plant will generate energy from
abundant organic resources traditionally discarded by the agricultural and
forest industries. To be deployed in Canada and internationally.
Adapted for Pure Energy Systems by Mary-Sue
(See also editorial that follows: Char: Fertilizer
Rather Than Fuel?)
DynaMotive's 100-ton/day West Lorne plant now
in operation as of two weeks ago.
DynaMotive's 15-ton/day BioOil demo plant.
VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA -- DynaMotive Energy Systems Corporation (OTCBB:DYMTF)
announced that the international engineering firm Tecna Proyectos Y Operaciones,
S.A. (Tecna) has now completed the conceptual design for a 200 tons per day
modular plant that uses DynaMotive's patented pyrolysis technology. DynaMotive
and Tecna co-operated extensively in the design, drawing on the experience
provided by the three previous DynaMotive plants.
They are presently completing their 100-ton/day plant, and have completed their
first production run there.
The 100 tons/day design calls for a plant capable of processing 200 tons per day
of dry biomass and producing up to 140 tons of BioOil and 40 tons of char per
day. This is equivalent in total energy to approximately 190,000 barrels
of hydrocarbon oil equivalent (BOE) per year, which translates to 132,000 BOE
from BioOil and 58,000 BOE from char. Application of the term “Barrels of Oil
Equivalent” to the char implies that it also is destined for combustion energy
applications, such as blast furnaces. (See char
The design draws from Tecna's extensive experience in plant modularization and
in the energy industry. The resulting fuel is low in emissions, “carbon
dioxide neutral”, and has levels of nitric oxide well below the new standards.
BioOil is suitable for use in diesel engines and gas turbines. Clean burning is
the result when the BioOil itself is the fuel.
Through the application of fast pyrolysis, DynaMotive unlocks the natural energy
found in the world's abundant organic resources traditionally discarded by the
agricultural and forest industries. DynaMotive's technology economically
converts biomass into a renewable, environmentally friendly fuel. DynaMotive has
successfully demonstrated conversion of these residues into fuel known as BioOil,
as well as char.
A three dimensional rendering of the plant will be available at DynaMotive's
website (www.dynamotive.com) by June 20th. The deliverables for this
sophisticated engineering project included:
- Conceptual design for the 200 tpd plant including design codes and product
- Equipment and instrument data sheets - process data.
- Project diagrams, plan and fabrication schedules.
These deliverables put DynaMotive in a position to commence procurement and
construction of its next plant totally within its control.
DynaMotive also confirmed that the modular design will be applied to the plant
currently being developed with Megacity Recycling and that it intends to
replicate it in Canada and internationally. The Company is currently evaluating
projects of this capacity in Europe, Latin America and Asia.
Tecna participated in the development of DynaMotive's pilot plants, which were
successfully operated at DynaMotive's research facility in Vancouver during 2002
and 2003. Tecna also contributed in the development of process control systems
at the 100 tons per day co-generation plant which is currently in the final
stages of commissioning at West Lorne, Ontario. This 2.5 megawatt plant will use
“combine” Magellan Aerospace Orenda Division’s OGT 2500 gas turbine with
the “fast pyrolysis” system to turn wood scrap from a flooring operation
into fuel. Electricity generated by the turbine will power the lumber mill and
heat kilns to dry the wood. The balance to be exported to the Ontario Hydro grid
is expected to meet the needs of 2500 homes.
Based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tecna S.A. is a major engineering and
construction company that has played a leading role in the oil and gas sector in
Latin America and internationally. Tecna has a proven track record as an EPC
contractor in the energy sector, delivering high quality installations and
providing project completion guarantees for multinational energy companies.
After 30 years in the market, Tecna is a sound and experienced Company that has
extended well beyond the boundaries of Argentina.
DynaMotive is an energy systems company focused on the development of innovative
energy solutions based on its patented fast pyrolysis system.
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June 14, 2005
Given that this substantial quantity of char – 40 tons per day – is being
derived from wood and other plant matter, another potential application should
be considered besides fuel. Considering the discoveries of late researcher and
scientist Siegfried Marian, this char may contain an essential factor for
improving agricultural production,
Inspired by a cagey old peasant farmer early in the past century who used no
manure but who had healthy crops and livestock, Siegfried Marian studied the old
man’s sawdust-derived fertilizer. He discovered certain carbon compounds that
are essential to vigorous plant life. By extension they also support the health
and vigor of animals and humans who eat those plants. However, because these
carbon compounds detoxify soil by combining with the chemicals and locking them
out of the food chain, the carbon is steadily depleted by the use of pesticides.
Though NPK fertilizers can force growth, the resultant plants lack natural
defenses and seem to invite insects to eat them, leading to more pesticide use
in a vicious circle of soil depletion.
In his books, The Carbon Connection, and The Carbon Cycle, farmer
Leonard Ridzon cites Marian’s vital but little-known discoveries about the
crucial role of the element carbon in the life cycle. He points out that the
Sahara desert lacks carbon, and says that this is why it does not sustain plant
life. Ridzon’s continuing practical research established that carbon-oxygen
compounds are the crucial factor in soil fertility and plant health.
Until his death the late Mr. Ridzon was selling a concentrated carbon soil
conditioner he called NutriCarb for both enriching soil and detoxifying it. I
consider myself fortunate to have obtained this and used it with good effect in
my garden. My purchase of it was stimulated by concern about Pathogenic
Escherichia coli O157:H7 which persists in soil. (ref) Neighbours whom I knew
well to be skilled gardeners had suffered this E-coli illness. The infection in
their case was traced to having used cow manure contaminated with this nefarious
bacterium in their garden. My friends had to discontinue eating their own
berries and salad greens, and eventually had to have the soil removed and
replaced with clean soil before they could grow edible plants again.
Although Mr. Ridzon developed his NutriCarb by carefully field-testing and
combining certain types of low-toxicity bituminous coal (ref), he noted that
originally this carbon-oxygen compound was obtained from sawdust – wood waste.
I hope that DynaMotive and Tecna will examine the practical research done by
Ridzon and others, and study the chemistry of their char product to ascertain
its suitability as a soil additive. If it tests clean, it could be even more
valuable as fertilizer than as a fuel for blast furnaces or barbecues, or its
other industrial uses.
The above article states:
"Through the application of fast pyrolysis, DynaMotive unlocks the
natural energy found in the world's abundant organic resources traditionally
discarded by the agricultural and forest industries."
The use of the word “discarded” has to be noted here. When discarded –
i.e, left to decay -- wood fragments break down into humus and return to the
soil. However, if formerly-composted material, such as bark and sawdust, are
totally removed from the natural cycle of decay and re-uptake by new plants, in
order to put them into the combustion-energy system, their soil replenishment
function does not occur. Since soils in general are becoming more severely
depleted of minerals and nutrients all the time, it is critical that these
factors be restored at the base of the food chain.
This is an added reason to urge investigating the possible use of the pyrolysis-byproduct
char as fertilizer. If it is found to contain the necessary carbon-oxygen
compound and to be low in toxicity, it could be worth its weight in gold.
Depending on the source material, the specific carbon-oxygen factor may or may
not be present in the needed proportion. It would be important to test batches
of char as they come out of the power plant, and those with higher toxins would
go to industrial uses, while the “clean” ones would go to farms.
With a little research on the side, therefore, DynaMotive may find a new
environmental motive for their production of BioOil in the byproduct char.
(It must be emphasized that not all types of coal have the right compounds, but
those that do can be extremely important for improving quality and quantity of
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Carbon Connection, by Leonard Ridzon with Charles Walters, AcresUSA,
1990, ISBN 0-911311-24-6
Carbon Cycle, by Leonard Ridzon with Charles Walters, AcresUSA,
1994. ISBN 0-911311-46-7. (Search the publisher’s website for the
above titles and others related to organic and biodynamic agriculture.)
- This issue has been much discussed in Canada following the
contaminated-water scandal in Walkerton a few years ago, in which about 2000
people became ill with E-coli 0157. Seven died; many of the survivors
continue to have health problems related to the infection. Most types of
E-coli die outside of the digestive tract, but not this one. See:
Pathogenic E. coli in soil/vegetables contaminated with manure composts.
2004 SEP 20 -- Pathogenic Escherichia coli O157:H7 persists in soil and
- This plant closing was announced during a twenty-day spell of smog,
humidity, brown air and general frustration. Ontario is establishing
numerous wind farms and micro-hydroelectric plants to compensate for the
removal of coal from the equation. As some jurisdictions are closing
coal-fired power plants, agricultural uses for coal may become important to
the mining industry. Coal is of course the remains of ancient trees and
plants carbonized with heat and pressure in the earth.
- The Ontario Premier announced closing the coal-fired plant last week
during a twenty-day spell of smog, humidity, brown air and general
frustration. This fulfills a pre-election promise which was made during
similar conditions (http://www.cleanair.web.ca/media/sep1302.html).
Ontario is establishing numerous wind farms and micro-hydroelectric plants
to compensate for the removal of coal from the equation, as well as
struggling to maintain aging nuclear plants. As some jurisdictions are
closing coal-fired power plants, agricultural uses for coal may become
important to the mining industry. Coal is of course the remains of ancient
trees and plants carbonized with heat and pressure in the earth.
Page posted by Sterling
D. Allan June 10, 2005
Last updated December 24, 2014