Alternative Energy - Wood Gasification

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Alternative Energy - Wood Gasification

I live in an area where solar is not an option, and in my pursuit to find an energy source to help counteract rising energy costs and a possible collapse in our energy grid.

I have found that many people are build Wood Gasifiers.  This involves the process of Pyrolysis. It's a process that was originally used to make carbon charcoal.  Pyrolysis thermally breaks down organic based materials in an environment of high temperature and devoid of oxygen.  What happens to organic materials is it breaks down and causes a hot smoky gas to be formed.  What is left, as a residual, is solid carbon particles.  The hot smoky gas we then condense.  In the process of condensing it we create a bio-oil and some combustible gasses. 

Here is a cool link to some guys who built a gasifier based upon plans produced by FEMA.

http://wood-gas.blogspot.com/2008/01/fema-simplified-wood-gas-generator-...

In my research I found that people have run cars/trucks/tractors/generators off of a gasifier.  I have been building mine the past few weekends and am close to firing it up. I am hoping to run a 6Kw generator to produce energy for my greenhouse heating and grow lights.  When I get this working I will then start charging a battery bank for storage.

Here is another link:

http://www.3rdrockenergy.com/gasification.html

Any one else trying this here?

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Re: Alternative Energy - Wood Gasification

I am very interested to hear what your experiences are with this.  My dad built a gassifer and ran his pickup off of it for sometime during the 70's. Please post back your experiences.

 

Thanks

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Re: Alternative Energy - Wood Gasification

Here is another link to check out.

This shows a gasifier running a lawn mower engine.  The design is very simple.

 

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Re: Alternative Energy - Wood Gasification

Gasification kits are not that hard to build.  This one is the one I plan on using next spring.  Link: http://www.gekgasifier.com/

I enjoy the demonstrations that Ben Peterson (http://woodygasifier.com/about-us/) has on youtube and his website.  All you need is some wood chips and some mechanical knowledge to get started.

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