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Expander Energy secures North American rights for Czech biomass gasification tech

Expander Energy Inc., a Canada-based developer and licensor of processes to convert carbon sources into synthetic fuels has announced that it has secured the North American rights to a patented and patent-pending innovative biomass gasification technology that converts biomass into clean syngas for the production of renewable power and "SynDiesel" from the Czech Republic-based AIR TECHNIC s.r.o.

Expander Energy Inc. has secured the North American rights to a patented and patent-pending innovative biomass gasification technology that converts biomass into clean syngas from Czech company AIR TECHNIC. In 2014, AIR TECHNIC completed a biomass gasification project for Handlovská energetika s.r.o., Handlová (SVK) to increase heat generation and additional electricity generation (photo courtesy AIR TECHNIC).

According to a statement, Expander and AIR TECHNIC will jointly extend patent coverage and market the technology worldwide. This technology is currently in commercial operation in Europe and is completing its EU Renewable Energy Certification Testing in the Czech Republic.

Under the agreement, Expander plans to duplicate the current commercial plants to create new biomass to power (BTP) and combined heat and power (CHP) projects of 5 to 10 MWe power capacity  in Western Canada using biomass feedstock such as waste wood, forestry waste wood, municipal solid waste (MSW) and refuse-derived fuels (RDF).

Plants can be built and operational in 12 to 24 months and can be situated in urban, rural or remote areas where power sources are limited. Expander and AIR TECHNIC will further enhance the technology to develop clean syngas that may be used in renewable chemicals and integrated with Expander’s patented Biomass-to-Liquids (BTL) process for the production of renewable synthetic diesel (SynDiesel) and biojet fuel (SynJet).

These fuels offer a tremendous alternative for renewable clean energy for Canada and USA, with opportunities for fuel and technology exports around the world. The AIR TECHNIC biomass gasification technology will add a major element to Expander’s already impressive suite of patented products including our revolutionary Enhanced Fischer-Tropsch applications which allows the company to make synthetic diesel fuel from multiple carbon sources such as natural gas, gas liquids, biomass, and bitumen. This is a major development for both Expander and AIR TECHNIC in bringing this world-class technology to North America for the benefit of industry and consumers alike, said James Ross, CEO of Expander Energy.

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