One of the fantastic spin off of our starting the Sustain Jefferson project is the ability to quickly network with other local Eco Freaks. One net result is a group of us getting together to build 2 working gasifier prototypes-one to be mounted on a tractor for use and display at fair and markets, and with the learnings from that a larger one to be used to produce energy for a home.Gasification is a relatively well know alternative energy that takes virtually any carbon intensive material (typically coal) and through a process of low oxygen burning produces “syngas” that can then be used to power a turbine or even an internal combustion engine. Syngas is much, much, cleaner burning that petroleum or coal. What we are most excited about is that you can also use plain old wood chips to produce Syngas and the gasifiers can be sized to fit even midsize (20 hp) tractors. In fact virtaully every tractor in northern Europe ran on wood chip gasifiers during WWII. But then we conveniently forgot the technology as Cheap Oil took over.
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