Month: March 2008

READ: Gasification In Bali

Background Growing concern over depletion of fossil fuels, pollution caused by increasing the energy demand had stirred a nationwide search for other more renewable energy sources. Among other places, easily renewable energy sources can be found in all matter containing Hydrogen and Carbon bonds otherwise known as Hydrocarbons. This realization shifted the scientific community from trying to study hydrocarbons to finding ways. Currently Hydrogen is produced from non renewable resources- natural gas, in a steam based, high temperature environment with Nikel as a Catalyst.  Theoretical, safe and efficient way of generating Hydrogen from a renewable resource  is through a process of gasification, performed by a gasification unit. Gasification extracts hydrogen under specific conditions under very high temperatures and large amounts of oxygen. It can be done from biomass or virtually any materials containing Hydrogen and Carbon. Realizing this, and knowing about great amounts of rice husk that are present in Bali, John Hardy is currently exploring the possibility of purchasing a gasification unit that besides extracting energy from biomass could be used with other materials. …