Industrial plants – like all of society – face far-reaching challenges with regard to the future energy supply and waste management:
fossil fuels running dry
long term increasing energy costs
strict requirements on recycling
stricter requirements on environmental protection
climate goals to reduce CO2 emissions
We perceive waste as a raw material. Due to that the patented and new ecoloop technology approaches the challenges with an economic and ecological solution creating a previously unsurpassed level in the production of gas from residual materials.
simple process without any complicated, susceptible technology
combines the strengths of known, industry-proved processes
use of lime as a transport medium, binding agent of harmful substances and catalyst (”multi-functional key”)
high input flexibility: The used residual materials need very little treatment, even strongly contaminated materials can be used due to high lime surplus
high output flexibility: the produced syngas can be used for thermal processes, power generation or chemical purposes (for example for the production of basic chemicals
independence from fossil fuels
environmentally friendly recycling of residual materials
Recovery of valuable materials out of residues (e.g. Phosphors from sewage sludge)
emission-free gas production, through the fixation of noixious substances to lime, there is no uncontrollable pollution
substitution of gas/coal/oil conserves resources and increases economics
small investments yielding high returns
ecoloop is Unding a new innovative counterflow gasifier which allows for the conversion of carbonaceous materials into purified syngas. This Syngas can be thermally, electrically or chemically utilised.
Inside the counterflow gasifier different carbon carriers are converted into syngas by adding lime (as carrier and binding agent for harmful substances). Due to the process and in contrast to other common incineration processes, no organic harmful substances such as dioxin or furan are produced.
The ability of the lime to bind large amounts of harmful substances is the basis for an environmentally friendly thermal recycling. Acidic pollutants such as hydrochloric acid are immediately bond to the lime.
After purification, the syngas is directly available for thermal or material utilization or power generation. The entire process is a closed efficient and economical system – the so-called ecoloop.
ecoloop combines proven methods – especially from the lime industry – to create an innovative recycling process. These are the innovative core elements of the ecoloop:
The material is transported only by its own gravity in a crude material moving bed of lime and RDFs – this makes susceptible moving equipment within hot reactor zones absolet.
Lime acts as a multi-functional key in the ecoloop process. It serves as a transport medium for the fuel and provides support inside the moving bed. The catalytic effect increases the process-related development of syngas. In addition, the lime absorbs chlorine and prevents the formation of dioxin and furan.
Energy is not released into the environment but kept inside the process. This results in a high thermal efficiency of more than 80 percent. Since there is no hot discharge of slag, possible damage of plant components and energy loss is avoided.
the lime moving bed
ecoloop is capable of recycling very different waste materials in an efficient manner.
Thanks to the lime that binds harmful substances it is possible to use even highly problematic substances with high chlorine content and there is no upper limit for the heat value.
Depending on the customer’s requirements on gas quality the flexible use of different input materials is possible.
The following materials, amongst others, can be used in the ecoloop process:
2D (e.g. paper, sheets) / 3D (e.g. sludge briquettes, wood)
Materials containing chlorine
Materials containing sulphur
ecoloop plants can economically and ecologically convert a number of materials into gas. Depending on their properties the plant will be adapted in order to achieve the desired gas quality. During the conceptional phase of plants we can consider the range of input material in an optimum way. Amongst others, the following materials can be used:
shredded light and heavy fractions, ASR (automotive shredder residue), light packaging
sorting residues from the yellow bag
household waste with high heat value
residuals from recycling of electrical appliances
Do you generate these kinds of waste or other residuals and are you interested in how they can be used in the ecoloop process? We would be more than happy to give you more information!
The syngas generated in the ecoloop process is comparable with town gas or coke oven gas. The quality of the syngas allows generating power in gas engines or the complete substitution of natural gas, coal or oil in thermal applications. The further use of the gas as a chemical resource depends on the input materials as well as the operation mode of the ecoloop reactor and will be examined in individual cases for the specific applications. The ecoloop technology can be realised at plants of different sizes up to 32 MW thermal output. This maximum can be increased through modular construction.
Current solutions for power generation
ecoloop considers the generation of power as an essential extension of the use of ground-breaking technology. By using gas engines according to the state-of-the-art, it is already possible to achieve an electrical efficiency of more than 35 percent. Compared with other power generation applications from waste materials, ecoloop can thus offer a higher electrical efficiency together with a higher resource and energy efficiency. The generated power can be used on one´s owm or it can be applied to the public power grit.