Germany-based Envirotherm, an Allied Technologies company, and ZeroPoint Clean Tech, Potsdam, N.Y., a biomass gasification technology company, have announced they will join forces to build turnkey, biomass power plants. These combined heat and power (CHP) plants are the first standardized biomass gasification plants in the global renewable energy market to be fully EPC (engineer-procure-construct) delivered with performance warranties, the companies say.
Two plants are currently operational in Europe and construction on the first of the next eight projects is expected to begin before year-end. The plants range in size from 2 to 20 Megawatts. The combined effort to create full EPC delivery of a standardized solution for biomass gasification plants includes relationships with world leading OEM vendors, project financiers, feedstock and recovered wood suppliers as well as with vendors of after-market services.
We are excited about this important step forward in the biomass gasification market, John Gaus, ZeroPoint CEO, says. “To date many project developers have experienced difficulty in arriving at optimal technical solutions as well as aligning proper resources to reliably construct and commission operating projects. As a result, it is also difficult for small developers to achieve financing or for interested customers to get the CHP plant they desire.
“The combination of strong technical solutions, the ability to deliver distributed scale power plants and relationships with leading OEMs as well as sources of investment will propel this market, adds Gaus. “In particular, Envirotherm possesses deep domain expertise in gasification and is well poised to construct numerous replications of standardized plant designs in Europe and North America.”
Hansjobst Hirschfelder, managing director of Envirotherm, adds, “Envirotherm brings extensive experience with gasification technology and designing and building complete power plant facilities. “We are highly impressed with the ZeroPoint biomass gasification technology and excited to work with leading developers, OEMs and investors in this renewable energy marketplace.”