News-Item, December 20, 2016 – from www.NPT.nl
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Alternative for flaring off, produces energy
Published: 20 December 2016
A yellow flame at a refinery or chemical plant is a recognizable image. Waste gasses that are released in a chemical process could be dangerous if nothing is done about them. Flaring off the gases is usually the safest way to prevent excess gases from entering the atmosphere.
Those excess gases consist of mainly, methane, ethane and propane and it is not possible to recover them. Actually a lot of energy is lost in this process, although is not much compared to the production in the facilities where a flare is used.
Holland Renewable Energy Technologies has a system in which the gases are oxidated at low temperature and in which a turbine is driving a generator. In this way the excess gasses are converted into electrical energy. The rest heat could also be utilized for drying processes or heating offices.