Less fuel waste, clean energy - MethaNull

With the help of the AWS, CBOne started the MethaNull programme (Towards zero Methane emissions in the atmosphere). This technology aims to burn gases with low heat contents under enhanced operation and safety conditions.

Our intention is to provide within a 3-years frame a portable technology based on pulse combustion.

 

 

Perfect burn of gases with low heat contents

 

According to the latest survey published by the International Energy Agency [IEA, Key World Energy Statistics 2012], the world''s current annual primary energy supply is estimated with 12.7 Gtoe (16.9 TW). 81% of these are provided by conventional combustion of oil, coal and natural gas. This value is extended to 91% when considering combustion of biomass and waste.

According to the data provided by the Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership (GGFR), the global amount of gas flared - or more simply said, of wasted hydrocarbon resources - corresponds to 30% of the annual consumption of natural gas of the EU. It also contributes to 1,2% of the greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions.

We know that natural resources are shortening. We are also aware of the exhaust emissions and their direct impact on the environment. Renewable energies are rising, and decentralised energy production goes towards a more rational use and less dependency. However, renewable energies need time before they catch-up and eventually achieve a significant level.

This significant level definitely lies on the side of combustion sciences. More efficiency, less emissions, more security and operability, more elegance. This is advanced combustion management. This is what the engineering office Combustion Bay One offers.

Combustion Bay One (CBOne) is a start-up situated in Graz, Austria. It was founded 2012  by Fabrice Giuliani, a former academic. The motivation is the strong belief that the rising curve in energy can be inflected with an amelioration of combustion technology. 

A 5% reduction in fuel costs related to an even higher reduction in greenhouse gases is a goal within reach. This is what CBOne intends to sell. A technology that saves fuel costs in a significant way.

With the help of the AWS, CBOne started the MethaNull programme (Towards zero Methane emissions in the atmosphere). This technology aims to burn gases with low heat contents under enhanced operation and safety conditions. Our intention is to provide within a 3-years frame a portable technology based on pulse combustion. Benefits are a better mix, a slightly accelerated reaction rate resulting in a higher thermal efficiency, and a better burn. Heat extraction is therefore made possible, combined to a lower environmental impact. The industry that will use this technology will reduce its energy costs by making a better use of the energy resources it has at hand, and it will significantly reduce its impact on the environment.

 

The MethaNull technology precisely tunes combustion even when using aggressive gases (hot flow, elevated moisture, with impurities, strongly fluctuating gas contents). Target values versus conventional are a pilot gas reduction equivalent to 10% of the total heat, with a combustion efficiency near to 100%. Our results shall be communicated end of 2014.

 

MethaNull is financed by the JITU – PreSeed Grant of the BMWFJ, managed by the AWS. We kindly aknowledge all parties.