ECOPOLYGEN Team of the NEWPOLYGEN and Pipko & Co. have jointly developed a number of the innovative environment protection, energy conversion and power generation technologies through integration of the advancements in the energy chemistry and power engineering. See below a brief description of some of these technologies being presently commercialized by the Pipko & Co.
ECOPOLYGEN Team of the NEWPOLYGEN and Pipko & Co. have completed the first phase of testing its simple one-stage BIOPOLYGEN process, intended to hydrolyze the agriculture and forestry residues, energy crops, poultry losses, biodegradable part of the MSW and other ligno-cellulosic materials (LCM) with use of a proprietary inorganic catalyst. Such a catalyst creates an unique environment under the mild process conditions and constitutes an integral and important part of the valuable hydrolysis co-products: slow release organic – mineral fertilizers, animal stuff and/or added-value bio-chemical products. During the bench-scale tests of the BIOPOLYGEN process the very high biomass solubilization efficiencies were demonstrated. In the single-stage process they amounted to 89 – 90% for hemicellulose, 80 – 82% for cellulose, and 83 – 85% for lignin, whereas in the multi-stage process the total LCM solubilization efficiencies have reached 95% for softwood specimen and 82% for corn stover one. The total saccharification efficiency, demonstrated during the verification procedure, has accounted for 58 – 59% and significantly exceeded one (35 – 45%) generally reported by many developers of one-stage dilute-acid hydrolysis.
At the close of next step of technology scaling, the ECOPOLYGEN Team with the interested partners are initiating the design, construction and demonstration of a small-scale pilot biorefinery for co-production of second generation ethanol, organic-mineral fertilizers and power in the context of the EU Horizon 2020, Eurogia+, US SBIR or STTP programs and initiatives.
ECOPOLYGEN Team together with Pipko & Co. have developed a new 3A3E (Advanced Adsorptive Abatement of Exhaust Environmental Externalities) technology for simultaneous one-stage removal of the SO2 and NOx pollutants from exhaust of heavy fuel oil-fired large marine and stationary diesel engines and from flue gases of the coal-fired power plants and different industries. Use of a proprietary regenerable sorbent provides an excessively high efficiency of both pollutants removal (exceeding 99%) and production of the valuable by- products (fertilizers). This results in the dramatically reduced first and O&M costs, as well as in generation of an additional profit from trading the allowances for SO2 and NOx emissions of the stationary plants.
To day, ECOPOLYGEN team has completed the bench-scale 3A3E technology verification in the wide range of operation parameters (gas temperature from 25 to 150oC, O2 content in gas stream from 3-4% to 15-17%, NOx and SO2 content up to 2,000 ppm and 20,000 ppm correspondigly). In addition, two feasibility studies of using the 3A3E technology in exhaust of 60 MW marine engine and 300 MW coal power plant have been performed. Now, up-scale of the technology, its small-scale pilot demonstration in the slip stream from exhaust of engine or power plant / industrial facility and succeeding technology commercialization are on the agenda. It is expected that the 3A3E technology could be most-used on the ocean ships and marine engines, since the latest IMO environmental regulation dramatically limits the admissible SO2 and NOx emissions from the marine engines exhaust. PPP of the 3A3E technology, results of its tests and main findings from the feasibility studies may be presented on request.
Other innovative technologies developed by the ECOPOLYGEN team:
Closed Thermochemical Power Cycle (CTPC) - see "New Possibilities for LT Heat-to-Power Conversion", EU PowerGen-98 conference, pp.293-305
Chemical Temperature Swing Adsorption (CTSA) - see "A new Technology for CO2 Capture from Power Plant Exhaust", XI GW Confe