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Cortus lands major EPA grant for Swedish biomass gasification project

Cortus Energy has announced that it has received a SEK 36.3 million (≈ EUR 3.8 million) grant from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) towards the setting up of a 6 MW modular “WoodRoll” biomass gasification plant at Höganäs AB, a metal powder manufacturer in southern Sweden.

Syngas, the desired outcome of biomass gasification.

Syngas, the desired outcome of biomass gasification.

Swedish biomass gasification technology developer Cortus Energy has announced that it has received a SEK 36.3 million (≈ EUR 3.8 million) grant from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket) towards the setting up of a 6 MW modular “WoodRoll” biomass gasification plant at Höganäs AB, a metal powder manufacturer in southern Sweden.

At Höganäs the project aims to evaluate the application of an economically and environmentally feasible and flexible biomass gasification system for use in iron and steel industry processes replacing fossil gas with biomass-derived syngas. A modular 6 MW “WoodRoll” biomass gasification unit, developed and patented by Cortus Energy, will be built at Höganäs and linked to a production furnace.

Research, which also includes recovering or utilising residual energy from the process will be carried out during 2018 to demonstrate the capabilities of the gasification unit. After completion of the demonstration and assuming its success, the gasification plant will goes into commercial operation whereby Cortus Energy owns and operates the facility for the supply of green syngas to Höganäs AB.

The grant is part of the Probiostål project that started in 2014 in collaboration with Höganäs AB together with companies and suppliers within the Swedish steel industry, via Jernkontoret – the Swedish Steel Association. The project aims to identify and verify technical solutions that can reduce steel industry production emissions, primarily carbon dioxide (CO2).

The ClimateStep is part of the state budget and EPA, in collaboration with other central agencies and county administrative boards provide support to local investments that could provide the greatest possible benefit to the climate and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction. Dissemination of the technology, market introduction and positive impact on other environmental parameters, health and job creation are other desired effects. Cortus Energy has already received a number grants totalling SEK 15.9 million (≈ EUR 1.7 million) over the last 12 months from the Swedish Energy Agency related to the project and process verification stages.

– The EPA’s positive decision is very encouraging and confirms the cost-effective climate benefits that WoodRoll has. With the support from the ClimateStep programme we are taking a major step forward on establishing our modularised WoodRoll on a commercial scale. We are now working to get the last parts of the financing in place to be able to take a positive investment early 2017, said Rolf Ljunggren, CEO of Cortus Energy in a statement.

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