SyngaSmart biomass technology allows to process, use and valorize a wide range of residual organic by-products and waste, thus generating benefits from both volume reduction and energy generation. There are several contexts in which communities and businesses can benefit from the installation and operation of these systems, particularly where there is availability of an organic by-product, or a locally sourced feedstock (such as residual wood), or where there is a significant energy demand. SyngaSmart CHP units can serve off-grid and rural communities (often not connected to energy distribution networks), energy communities, municipalities and utility companies, which can thus take advantage of the natural resources available on the territory, providing essential services for the community while creating employment opportunities.
Broadly speaking, the application contexts can be divided between biomass by-product producers, energy-intensive users, or a combination of the two groups.
BIOMASS BY-PRODUCTS PRODUCERS
The wood supply chain includes operators ranging from forestry and forest management, to the processing and production of semi-finished products, furniture factories, manufacturers of parquet, wood packaging, pallets etc. By installing SyngaSmart CHP units, these operators can properly take advantage of the by-products deriving from the main processes, and generate heat and power in order to meet their energy demand (self-consumption or net metering), or for grid export, reducing the amount of waste to be dumped.
Agri-food operators generally have relevant demand of thermal and electrical energy: let’s take for example the processes of drying, aging, but also cooling and cooking… In addition, they produce a certain amount of waste by-products, as well as sludge, which often represent an important disposal cost: with a SyngaSmart plant, they can reduce the volume of their waste, generating energy for the production plant.
Organic fraction of MSW and compost
Operators in the organic waste cycle business usually have to deal with large quantities of waste that require treatment and often end up in landfills or incinerators. In many cases this also applies to composting plants that cannot find a market outlet. The majority of organic waste can instead be used in an efficient volume reduction process capable of cutting transportation and marketing costs, along with the related environmental impact, while at the same time generating revenues from carbon-negative energy. SyngaSmart CHP and pre-treatment technology (BriqSmart) can also be used in such contexts.
Municipalities and utility companies
In a typical municipality, particularly mountain ones, there is a certain constant production of organic biomass waste, such as: organic waste, twigs and prunings, waste wood resulting from public parks and gardens and forest maintenance. At the same time, these entities need energy for public utilities and accommodation facilities, and can use SyngaSmart plants to valorise the annual production of local biomass in order to power a district heating network, street lightning, EV charging stations, residential buildings, sports centres, nursing homes…
Operators in the hospitality business typically have important energy consumption, both of heat and electricity, for their facilities: hotels, SPA, farms, hospitals, nursing homes, reception facilities, sports centres, swimming pools, schools and other types of public buildings. In these contexts, the installation of a SyngaSmart plant can result in energy self-sufficiency and a powerful marketing and promotion tool (i.e. renewable energy), offering an added value to the brand and therefore to the service offered to customers.
Large supermarket chains, farmers’ markets, and agri-food centres too have very high energy demand (chillers, cool stores…), and normally generate waste biomass (pallets, food waste…) on a regular basis. As opposed to landfill disposal, these by-products can be used with SyngaSmart technology in a circular economy process.
AGRICULTURE, GREENHOUSES AND GARDEN CENTRES
Farms are often located close to forest and have availability of organic by-products. Despite in the usual scenario these materials are normally abandoned or landfilled, they may also be suitable for a gasification process. This not only could help farms reduce the expenditure in energy from grid or fossil fuel generation (i.e. a diesel genset or LPG boiler), but also to valorize their by-products in a much more convenient way: dairies, wineries, oil mills are just few examples of operators in this business.
Another example of profitable installation of a SyngaSmart unit is represented by greenhouses and garden centres, where not only it is possible to use the whole plant (power and heat), but also to take advantage of the co-produced biochar for soil amendment purposes, resulting in increased yields, along with carbonic fertilization.