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Guideline for Safe and Eco-friendly Biomass Gasification (GASIFICATION GUIDE)

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Biomass gasification technology for small-to-medium scale power generation is close to commercialisation but various factors hamper large-scale implementation. One obstacle is the poor awareness and lack of understanding of the health, safety and environmental (HSE) issues. Permitting and regulatory authorities tend to impose unrealistic, unnecessary restrictive and thus costly HSE requirements on gasification plants. This project aimed to develop an accepted Guideline and a software tool on potential HSE hazards that will accelerate the process of market introduction and commercialisation of biomass gasifiers. Target groups include technology developers, equipment manufacturers and operators, policy makers, permitting authorities and others


  • Completion of a full set of deliverables, including the final Guideline and the software tool "Risk Analyser", that will facilitate the accelerated market introduction of biomass gasification
  • Inventory of HSE hazards at biomass gasification plats including dangerous events and consequences
  • Broad acceptance and use of the Guideline by key market actors and target groups. More than 120 stakeholders requested and used the draft Guideline, prior to its formal release in December 2009
  • Organisation of the five workshops on HSE issues in biomass gasification

Lessons learned

  • To disseminate project results to a large audience in many different EU countries the project results should be made available in respective languages. The Gasification-Guide project developed German and French versions of the Guideline and the manual of the software tool at its own initiative i.e. they are not included in the Description Work
  • The existence of harmonised rules for products in the EU suggests that a product can be sold as-is everywhere throughout the EU. However, a process plant cannot be put into service and operated in another EU country without making local modifications, which indicates that there is still a long way to go to realise a common market for process plants
  • The largest fear for a positive outcome was to collect relevant information from the case studies. However, the case studies have been very helpful identifying relevant topic (risks) and solutions. The reason for this success is that from the start "selling arguments" were formulated why companies should participate, i.e. the project explained the benefits for companies to participate. Moreover, the project team promised to keep all information confidential

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BTG biomass technology group BV
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John Vos
0031 53 4861186


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01/01/2007 to 31/12/2009
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