This is an historical view of gasification. Now this is an investors forum I posted this in. And so, I do make some speculative predictions of what I believe will happen in the future when the peak oil demand crunch occurs.
Wood Gasification Technologies
Please refer to example photos in the below attachment files. To see what is under discussion here.
The basic principles of biomass (wood / including coal) gasification has been around since the late 18th century. Commercial applications were first recorded in the 19th Century in 1830. The first historically credited wood / coal gasifier was built by Bischof in 1839. Because of this by 1850 large parts of London had gas lights.
(Natural gas was not used in London until around 1930.)
It was that by 1850, an industry had grown up using "heat gasifiers" to make "producer gas," mainly from coal and biomass fuels, to supply the gas lights of that era in London. In about 1881, producer gas was used for the first time to power an internal combustion engine; thus, the "power gasifier" was introduced. And this is how the "fire piston" or spark plug and cylinder engine (combustion engine) came to be invented. (Did you know this?) Via experimentation with wood gas. Historically, the first motor vehicle powered by wood gas was built by Thomas Hugh Parker in 1901. (Now how amazing is all of this?) Anyways, you can power a V 8 engine today, with wood. Likewise you can use that combustion engine to drive something such as a one or two cylinder engine to drive an electrical generator. And purchase such power plants for home owner use today.
Around 1900, many other cities delivered wood gas (also produced from coal) to residences. By the 1920s, producer gas systems for operating stationary engines as well as trucks, tractors, and automobiles were demonstrated in Europe and elsewhere. Natural gas on the other hand was not used until 1930. (Wood gasifiers are still manufactured in China, Singapore, and Russia for automobiles. And as power generators for industrial applications.)
Wood gas for use in farm machinery such as tractors and trucks has long been used in the past 20th century by many nations around the world. Up to these times. Even Volkswagen had a line of wood gas powered vehicles in the 1940's.~ See photo below.
As you will see in this text. The technology has advanced considerably. And so, has come into its 21st Century state of the art expression. And this technology will be advanced even more as time marches on ~ because of the things that it can provide the world through the use of wood as a renewable fuel resource. Likewise it is very efficient on lowering the typical carbon emissions as compared to other wood burning devices. And so, is environmentally friendly with respect to carbon output.
Wood (bio mass) gasifiers re~emerged again in the 1970's era fuel crisis. By the early 1980s, more than 15 manufacturers (mainly in Europe and North America) were offering wood and charcoal gasifiers as electrical power plants, in powering capacities from 50 to 250 kilo watts (50 ~ 250 kW).
As for general knowledge and awareness of this technology among the general public in the USA, it appears that knowledge of wood (as well as coal) gasification was suppressed in the media and movies. Articles of this process did not appear in Popular Mechanics or Popular Science to our knowledge (it however is possible that some brief passing mention did occur, we do not know for sure). In the mid 1980's articles of wood gas powered motor vehicles did appear in Mother Earth News Magazine. Such articles and publications by Mother Earth News are primarily responsible for the current interest in wood gas in the USA 20 years later. And so, we have to appreciate all of the good work of Mother Earth News Magazine from those 1980's days onwards.
As of 2010 we have had 180 years of wood and coal gas technology who's use has been suppressed from the publics knowledge here in the United States. (Probably due to the oil companies owning large interest in the nation's media.) Especially since wood gasification electrical power systems can be obtained from various manufacturers ~ capable of producing 250 kilo watts of electrical power. And today here in the USA, you can buy wood gas kits for use with small engines as well as 6 and 8 cylinder engines. To power tractors, trucks, and automobiles as well as Briggs & Stratton powered electrical generators (hint).
Check out how easy it is to manufacture this technology. Low cost, affordable, but capable off over 100 hp (746 watts = 1 hp, ~ 100 hp = 74600 watts = 74.6 kW). Now consider the example of powering the V 8 Engine of the (below) Buick ~ that engine is somewheres up around 300 hp. See? Neither wind or solar electrical systems can compete with the affordabilty or power output. But the use of such systems will most likely be used by home owners, to supplement wind and solar systems. When they need a boost during days of inadequate wind and over cast solar conditions.
If there is anything that we can say has truly been suppressed from the minds of the citizens here in the United States, it is this technology. Which has had a long history of use around the world (since the first gasifier in 1839) . Well over a century and a half ago.
Please consider Gek Gasifier as a useful resource for research and investigation of home owner versions of this technology. Invest into GEK Gasifiers, make them a proposal.
The main reason that I wanted to bring this technology and it's history and use, to your attention. (Referring to the members of the Green Energy Investors Forum) Is to show you something capable of brute horsepower. And capable of long enough duration of power to drive down the highway on a trip when used with V 8 combustion engines. Now consider this technology for use with a 12 to 24 hp combustion engine powering a 48 VDC generator in your wind / solar electrical system battery bank shack. Such would be interesting to top off the charge to the battery bank in less than ideal wind and solar days. And so, would meet with the demands for power in times of a winter power outage; which we have all seen can last a month or more. With ice downing trees and power lines. And with the roots of the trees up root gas lines as the trees fall. So you know that scenario. And hence, this technology can provide the user with security in those emergency times. And can also provide energy for more than one home in the community in an emergency. And so, there are allot of high quality selling points here.
Now the overall reason for detailing this matter. Is to show you that you are not always getting all of the facts. And so, you have to turn to people who have done their research on whats what in the world of renewable energy and green investments.
I believe everyone here (referring to Green Energy Investors) will find this one technology alone most interesting to ponder. And it is more than well developed. The same is true of my personal choice technology that I am involved with marketing and promoting through my project here in Kentucky. Which is a trade secret.
Now I do like to inform and help people with the right kinds of information. And so I am not impressed with hyped up claims. And I believe that some of you will realize I just now saved you some head aches. Since if you invest your money in the wrong direction. And invest in some technology that yet requires years of research to increase it's performance. (Such as solar electrical systems are still under going. Decades later after their initial innovation.) And so, you invest your money in one direction. When on the horizon behind the scenes comes along a technology with more energy capability and affordability. That swamps the market because of the demand for it's level of renewable energy generation. At an affordable price. Which also happens to have over 100 years of technological development behind it. ~ See now the scenario? This will come along in the future here to replace those technologies that have not yet come to bloom with the kind of power generation we will need in the times of future high oil prices. So you now have some information on what is coming over the horizon. But it is already here for use if you know where to go to purchase the technology. And like I said in other post. Some people do not research across the board and do the math on the energy capability of the various technologies. So learn to do the math. Or hire someone who can.
In other words, certain inadequate performing green energy stocks in other technologies will take a dive, so look ahead and avoid that scenario here and now. (Meaning to invest in someone such as GEK) I have given you a glimpse of the long range forecast of the renewable energy marketplace and it's future. So make a note, and do not invest into the wrong things. Look ahead at whats coming down the pike here. Not many things will be able to compete with wood gasification.
~ The right information is worth millions of dollars to the right people.