I am pleased to present a video on which I worked with the GIDARA Energy team! My part of work was 3D particle simulations that I did with help of SideFX Houdini and rendered with Redshift renderer. This visualisations explains how conversion of non-recyclable waste into advanced biofuels happens.
The High Temperature Winkler (HTW) technology is the most highly developed gasification technology utilizing bio-based feedstocks. The process was originally developed in the 1920s by the German energy company Rheinbraun AG utilizing lignite coal. Over the years, the technology has been significantly improved to achieve better results and has been re-engineered to handle a broad range of feedstocks.
The HTW gasifier is a bubbling fluidized-bed reactor which operates in either air or oxygen blown modes. It is a dry-feed, pressurized, dry ash gasifier. A key advantage of the technology is the capability to gasify a variety of different feedstocks, including all grades of more reactive low-rank coals with a higher ash softening temperature (i.e., brown coal), and also various forms of biomass; wood, refuse derived fuel and municipal solid waste.
The result of HTW gasification process is a mixture of carbon monoxide, hydrogen and various hydrocarbons called Syngas. The resulting gas mixture, syngas, is more efficient than direct combustion of the original feedstock; more of the energy contained in the fuel is extracted. Then Syngas used to produce methanol. Methanol is a versitile building block and can be used to produce hydrocarbons and even aromatic systems that are the basis of several technologies related to gas to liquids. These include methanol-to-hydrocarbons (MtH), methanol to gasoline (MtG), methanol to olefins (MtO), and methanol to propylene (MtP).
Art-Directed & Created by Alexandr Vorobiov.
Software: Houdini Sidefx + Redshift.