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Kickstarter - Compact Syngas System (wood gasifier, biochar generator)

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Location: Melbourne FL, USA - Pine and Palmetto Flatland, Sandy and Acidic
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I got some respect for this guy I am endorsing. He is running a startup company called Vulcan Gasifier LLC where he has engineered a few small syngas systems for interested buyers that can be used for things such as running a small engine. Link to home webpage below:

Currently he is looking to Kickstarter to reduce the cost of further research and development for his next product. It has not been approved by Kickstarter staff as of yet but it is visible (link on bottom) and I hope he updates the video as when I last spoke to him he said it was on his to-do list. His systems have a reasonable marked price IMO and you can view more information on his website. These systems would be ideal for small scale biochar generation as well as other outdoor functions (syngas contains carbon monoxide).

Biomass gasification, is a rather old technology and was widely used during WWII with over a million units in use. At the time technologies were not available yet to make this technology practical and once petroleum was brought back on line the tech was dropped. However, coupled to today's technologies this tech can be quite viable and practical.

We at Vulcan Gasifier LLC will be the company to bring these technologies together and build a package that will create Combined, Heat and Power (CHP) from renewable biomass fuels.

Our CHP system will feature push button automation that will allow the end user to simply fill the hopper and push the start button. The machine will then perform an ignition cycle and once up to temp it will then fire up the on board 16 hp electric start engine. The engine will supply power to the 24 v charging system creating 5000 watts of DC electric power to charge a battery bank. Waist engine heat will then be captured to create hot water and stored to supply hot water and home heat.

Our combined background spans back more than 20 years in specialty automated machinery manufacturing and metal fabrication. Ranging from automated farm equipment to high end precision CNC machinery. We also have back grounds in mechanical engineering and product development. Vulcan Gasifier started out on the 2nd of January 2012, We have sold more than 40 of our biomass gasifiers world wide in this short time. It is now time to expand our technologies and build a complete CHP system that is built around our existing tech.

Today we can make this technology as practical as a wood stove and not only supply heat but electric power needs as well; making the biomass fuels very efficient. Our products use renewable carbon neutral fuels, this means that any pollutants expelled are soaked up by the next generation of fuels being grown.

A reliable green energy solution is on the way, Please help us make this a reality!!

Visit us at

Matt Ryder

Vulcan Gasifier

If this project gets approved I figure there would be quite a few Permies here interested in such technologies and I hope you would consider supporting his endeavors. Check out his page.

Lawnmower powered by compact syngas system (left).
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