Burkhardt V4.50 wood gasifier installed at research institute

After a Europe wide tender Burkhardt was able to prove itself to the supplier

Burkhardt's second 50 kW container unit has been in operation in Sheffield, UK since February 2022. The Burkhardt V4.50 wood gasifier and CHP are now part of the research facilities of Sheffield University's Translational Energy Research Centre, one of Europe's largest research and development institutes in the fields of net-zero-carbon energy, hydrogen and bioenergy. The Centre researches and develops sustainable energy systems using a wide range of state-of-the-art experimental facilities, equipment and testing devices. The Translational Energy Research Centre is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Proven Burkhardt wood gas technologyView into the 50 kW container unit

The V4.50 wood gasifier produces clean syngas from wood pellets for subsequent combustion in the combined heat and power engine, which is able to generate 110 kW of heat and 50 kW of electrical power. In Sheffield, the unit is used, among other things, to conduct research into process parameters, syngas quality and energy conversion, as well as to help in the development of wood fuels.

The integration of the Burkhardt unit with the other systems on site will enable a comprehensive performance evaluation and characterisation of the power generation. The aim is to research and develop clean energy and sustainable fuels.

With additional adaptations to the system, it is possible to extract syngas for research purposes, e.g. in the aviation sector, before it is used in the CHP engine. The exhaust gas flow of the CHP engine is fed into a CO2 capture and utilisation unit on site. 

Container solution for V4.50 wood gasifier and CHP unit

The V4.50 wood gasifier and smartblock 50T CHP engine are housed in a container measuring 8.5 x 3.0 x 3.4 m (L x W x H). The unit is completely installed, wired and hydraulically piped at the factory in Mühlhausen and then subjected to a test run before the container sets off on its journey to the customer. The container, including all internals, is transported on a low-bed truck, so there is no need for costly wide-load transport.

The assembly cover, flue, gas flare, 5 glass-fibre silos (2 m³ each) and conveyor system were set up very quickly at the installation site in Sheffield.

Container solution for Burkhardt wood gasifier V4.50 and wood gas CHP smartblock 50TWood gas CHP smartblock 50T

European Regional Development Fund

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