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What is Gasification?

Gasification is an oxygen-starved thermal process that converts solid fuels (biomass, waste, etc.) into a gaseous fuel known as syngas (or synthesis gas) which is comprised primarily of hydrogen (H2) and carbon monoxide (CO). Gasification is uniquely capable of producing not only heat and power at higher efficiencies, but also can be coupled with downstream catalysts and other technologies to convert the syngas to liquid fuels (e.g. diesel and ethanol), chemicals (e.g. methanol) or to hydrogen gas.

Use of biomass for energy production is considered 'carbon-neutral' which means there are no net added carbon emissions to the atmosphere.  This is due to adsorption of carbon dioxide (CO2) that takes place during the life of the plant material.   Utilizing biomass feedstocks can concurrently mitigate wastes from various sources such as municipal, industrial and agricultural, while producing renewable energy.

Radian has made several key technological advancements in the field of gasification that will lead to broader market opportunities in the fields of energy and fuels production.  Learn more about our process at our Technology page.




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