Global trends towards lowering greenhouse gas emissions has forced energy companies to reevaluate their operating strategies. The challenge is time and concepts to achieve a “net zero,” which means looking at alternative feedstocks and new processes. These pressures are leading towards a global energy transition.
While some biofuel processes have been around for approximately 20 years, large scale implementation of these processes is starting to be seen at a greater rate. The relative lack of industry experience in these scaled-up processes has left many owner-operators within the energy industry looking for expertise and experience on new process material selection and expected corrosion in converted units. Becht team of Corrosion/Materials subject matter experts has helped a number of clients in these areas in just the past 6 months.
Becht was recently involved as a 3rd party reviewer of a FEED package for a biomass to syngas conversion facility. Biomass to Syngas facilities utilize waste streams (pulp and paper, forestry, municipal waste) to capture carbon and convert it into a fuel used for heating.
This was the first facility of this type to be bult by the end user, so there was not any practical experience with this type of facility with the company.
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