Two years worth of bloody effort.
It finally paid off.
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The gasifier I was working with is now producing constant rate of combustible gases that can be utilized as fuel for internal combustion engine. A new era of alternative and renewable source of non-petroleum based hydrocarbon fuel has began here in the own soil of Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS.
Steady gas flare
Clearly the smile of joy is utterly shown in this image.
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Gasification: How It Works
When any carbonaceous (carbon-containing) organic matter is burned in excess of oxygen (complete combustion), it will theoretically produce carbon dioxide and water:
Fuel + Oxygen + Heat -----> Carbon Dioxide + Water
But when an organic matter is burned with controlled amount of oxygen below stoichiometric, an incomplete combustion will occur. This will theoretically produce carbon monoxide, hydrogen and perhaps some trace of methane:
Fuel + Oxygen + Heat -----> Carbon Monoxide + Hydrogen + Methane
Now methane and hydrogen here are highly combustible, but methane usually exists as 2 percent or less in the whole composition. Hydrogen and carbon monoxide however are very significant in amount. This mix is what we call Producer Gas.
Producer Gas, also known as Synthesis Gas/Syngas, is flammable and can be utilized as fuel for internal combustion engine, both spark-ignition and compression-ignition.
One day, my dreams will come true. Just a little bit more to push now, until one day it finally materializes.
One fine day.
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Catch me live at The International Conference on Plant Equipment and Reliability 2010 (ICPER 2010) on 15th, 16th and 17th June 2010 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. I will be presenting a paper titled “A Preliminary Study on Synthesis Gas Produced by Gasification of Oil Palm Fronds”.