In 2008, Nexterra in collaboration with GE Energy commenced a program to develop a syngas conditioning system capable of producing a syngas suitable for use in high-efficiency internal combustion engines and for the production of higher-value gases, chemicals and liquid fuels.
The result of this development work is a unique syngas conditioning system that employs thermal cracking. Since commencement of the program in 2008, Nexterra has completed over 5,000 hours of operation of the conditioning system at the Product Development Centre and has run a 239 kWe GE Jenbacher Engine (model #JGS 208) on the conditioned syngas for over 3,000 hours. Nexterra is currently completing the installation of a 2 MW system at the University of British Columbia which is expected to commence operation in the third quarter of 2012.
Nexterra’s approach to syngas conditioning has a number of advantages relative to other approaches including higher reliability, higher tolerance to variations in feedstock, and minimal wastewater discharge.