Gasification is the use of heat to tranform solid biomass, or other carbonaceous solids, into a synthetic "natural gas like" flammable fuel. There are a wide variety of processes which fall under this general term- but all share the characteristic of transforming solid hydrocarbon material into simple hydrocarbon gases. The resulting gaseous fuel is usually called: "syngas", "woodgas", "producer gas", "generator gas" or "suction gas".Through gasification, we can convert nearly any solid waste biomass into a clean burning, carbon neutral, gaseous fuel. Whether starting with wood chips or coffee grounds, municipal trash or agricultrual waste, the end product is a flexible gaseous fuel you can burn in your internal combustion engine, cooking stove, heating furnace and/or flamethrower. Upmigration to liquid fuels is also possible with some additional effort and common catalysts.
Honda powered by waste biomass. The ALL Power Labs team installs a biomass gasification system - based on their Open Source Gasifier Experimenter's Kit - into the trunk of a Honda. The Honda now runs on 100% waste biomass - corn stalks, walnut shells, wood chips - etc. More information at www.AllPowerLabs.org
We may not yet have a flux capacitor for time travel, but we do already have the equivalent of "Mr. Fusion", which if cleverly applied, will enable you to run your car on everyday "trash"-- today. This "magical" device is called a gasifier. And what it does is called gasification.
This wiki is to support collaboration and iterative development of the Gasifier Experimenters Kit (GEK) from ALL Power Labs. General infomation about the kit is on the main GEK site. Here in the wiki we're creating a sandbox for community contributed run reports, fuel tests, GEK improvement ideas, raw science, practical engineering, and other topics of interest for gasifier geeks.