In 2016, we anticipate the launch of our first commercial plant as we apply our team’s knowledge and experience along with support from our strategic partners to attain Highbury Energy’s mission and vision.
One of our key drives is to provide renewable energy and fuel in supporting global efforts to mitigate climate change via the reduction of global carbon emissions. The first commercial use of our technology is now being evaluated within scenarios to replace high cost electricity production such as off grid diesel-power generation facilities, as well as jurisdictions where government has mandated the replacement of a high carbon emission energy with biomass electricity production as a means to meet carbon emission reduction targets.
Small Scale 2- 5MW CHP
To accomplish our mission and vision, we are pursuing the local and international development of several CHP (combined heat and power) projects in the 2 to 5 MW size. An initial proposal for a 2.9 MWe project in California is now being developed, ideally located with excellent feed-in-tariff for biomass electricity.
KIER FT/Highbury Energy – Renewable Transportation Fuel Demonstration Project
The two combined technologies, the Highbury Energy thermo-chemical technology and the KIER F-T technology will have significant impact on reducing global carbon emissions with the development of the Highbury Energy renewable low carbon transportation fuels.
In late 2015, we completed a 2 year BC Bioenergy Network (BCBN)- Korea Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP) funded research using the KIER F-T technology. The project was to investigate the pathway of biomass to renewable transportation fuel. The project also proposed the idea of producing a simpler, robust process, producing a high yield wax-free F-T liquids for the production of renewable transportation fuel. Results of the two-year research project were extremely promising and exceeded expectations. The composition of the produced F-T liquid showed negligible waxes and had a high percentage in the jet fuel range.
We are now following through with a scaled up demonstration plant to realize the full process conversion of biomass to clean renewable low carbon fuels. This Demonstration facility will be a measured 10x scale up of the Highbury Energy pilot unit and the KIER FT- reactor will be a scaled-down version of what has already been developed as a coal-to-liquids demonstration in Korea. Following on from, and grounded upon data from the past two years of research from the pilot plants in both Canada and in South Korea, we have established target operating conditions, flow-rates, compositions, temperatures and pressures throughout the proposed plant have been established.
On completion, the Renewable Transportation Fuel Demonstration Plant will be operated over a two-year period testing several options including: determining preferred gas cleaning conditions to meet purity requirements for catalytic conversion, assessing various biomass feed-stock types, verifying the optimal operating conditions, yields and quality of FT fluids for jet fuel & diesel, as well as the additional electrical power yields that can be generated from the remaining tail gas.
This demonstration plant will be a 5 tonne biomass per day and produce an approximate 1 barrel of Fischer-Tropsch liquids. Estimated costs for the demonstration is $7 million to construct and $2 million to operate over the two-year period.