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Biofuel and Waste Management: C-POWER Plant


C-POWER Plant: Making Strides in Waste Management



CR- POWER is a specialist in process design and engineering for waste-to-energy (WTE). The company has developed C-POWER plant to address these concerns. Because waste management is one of the largest issues in the developing world, there becomes a need to effectively deal with odor, water pollution and infestations that occur as a result. This negatively affects the health of the population. A new technology by CR-POWER allows factories that produce combustible waste to generate electricity from waste and cut down on disposal. This technology is easy to use, and turns wastes such as biomass and plastics into gas.



Fig. 1 C-POWER Plant in Iwaki city, Japan (Copyright: CR-POWER LLC)


Major Features and Advantages

Ⅰ. Easy to Use
Thanks to its streamlined design and ability to be used in a variety of areas, C-POWER Plant is easy to set up, use and maintain. There is no need for professionals with special qualification. It works by thermally decomposing organic carbon such as MSW (Municipal solid waste) and biomass to generate the fuel gas, rotate the engine, and generate electricity.

Ⅱ. Thermal Decomposition Rather Than Incineration
This technology allows waste to be thermally decomposed rather than incinerated, which results in the generation of fuel gas with a high caloric value. In the past, the only option to get rid of waste was to bury it or incinerate it. With thermochemical decomposition and gasification, this is no longer necessary.

Ⅲ. Unique Rotary Design
Thanks to a one of a kind rotary design: horizontal rorating cylinder, twice as much fuel gas generation can take place, when compared with standard pyrolysis technologies. This design (U-turn kiln and Hybrid kiln) allows for more than 80% energy recovery ratio.

Ⅳ. Utilization for Power Generation
Small-scale plants can use this gas for power generation. In addition, the fuel gas and hydrogen can be utilized for batteries and chemical supplies.

Ⅴ. No Harmful By-Products
This technology does not produce harmful by-products like nitrogen oxide or dioxin. As a result, there is no treatment process needed.

NEXCO East Japan is the first user of commercial plant in the country to use this technology. The hope for the future is that this technology can be used instead of incineration in developing countries.

Technology Data

Possible applications

Waste disposal and energy production
Waste: municipal solid waste (MSW), biomass, plastics and every kind of organic carbon.
Energy: electricity, fuel-gas and heat

Competitive advantage

1. It does not reject any type and form of raw organic matter.
It can treat organic matter(s) such as kitchen garbage, wooden paper and plastic waste individually and all kinds as well. Also there is no need to standardize the form of waste matters.

2. High calorie gas can be obtained.
As there is no entry of the air, the generated gas does not contain nitrogen and becomes high calorie gas.

3. Easy operation
As the equipment works on normal pressure, it is not subject to the high pressure gas regulation law.

4. Electricity generation by compact plant is available.
As the power generation by incineration treats high pressure gas and the steam turbine only provides with low power generation efficiency, the profitability is difficult to achieve unless the volume of waste reaches 100 ton and over per day.
In the meantime, as C-POWER has a structure which gains revolution by the engine worked by the same normal pressure gas as the gas for the car, it is easy to handle with high efficiency. For these reasons, the profitability can be attained by the volume of waste of 10 ton per day.

5. Environmental burden is small.
As it works on thermal chemical reaction in non-oxidized environment, it does not generate harmful substance such as DXN, NOx and SOx.

Identification of competitive technology
Landfill & Incinerator
Power generation by steam


The electricity generating process based on current technologies is to incinerate MSW (municipal solid waste), generate high-pressure steam, rotate the turbine and generate electricity.
These technologies require:
  a. MSW of 100 tons/biomass of 200tons or more a day
  b. Dioxine treatment process
  c. Qualified persons handling high-pressure gas
  d. Lower steam temperature (leads to lower power generation efficiency below 20% for MSW of 100 tons)

Our technology called C-POWER* thermally decomposes organic carbon such as MSW, biomass etc. generates the fuel gas, rotates the engine, and generates electricity. This technology has the following advantages over the current technologies:
  a. MSW of five tons a day is enough to operate plants
  b. The Dioxine treatment process is unnecessary
  c. A special qualification person is unnecessary
  d. Higher power generation efficiency around 40%

*One of our recent technologies named Hybrid kiln includes “spiral small cylinder” in horizontal rotating cylinder which enables pyrolisis and steam reforming at the same time.

More than 80% energy recovery ratio (= Net produced gas energy / energy contained in organic carbon)
C-power plant operation with U-turn kiln can produce about 0.7 kWh/kg-df of electricity, and that with spiral-turn kiln can produce approximately 1.2 kWh/kg-df.
The residue rate is approximately 15% for U-turn kiln, and about 5% or less for spiral-turn kiln.

Conceivable risk

Fluctuation of waste collection should be carefully monitored.

Technical maturity / Past record of introduction

Development history of C-POWER
・2000 Invention of horizontal rotating cylindrical kiln (U-turn kiln)   Inventor: Taizo Kunii (Professor emeritus of 
  University of Tokyo)
・2004 Design, production and experiment of pilot plant (20kg/h)
・2006 Design of test plant (200kg/h)  Power generation 100kW
・2011 Design of commercial plant (tree waste 2,000t/year)  Power generation 100kW
・2012 Invention of spiral cylinder interior horizontally rotating kiln (Hybrid kiln)
           Inventor: Akimichi Hatta C-POWER LLC CEO
・2015 Design, production and experiment of hybrid kiln (2kg/h)
・2018 Design, production and experiment of hybrid kiln (20 kg/h)

Practically commercialized equipment (Commercial plant)
This plant was developed as a demonstration plant for pyrolysis gasification using biomass by 3 companies, i.e. CR-POWER LLC (Formerly OSTRAND Corp), Tekken Corporation and East Nippon Expressway Company Limited (NEXCO).
Such plant was an electricity generation plant by pyrolysis gasification using wastes of unnecessary grass and trees collected after the cutting and pruning of these which grow on the roadside during the maintenance process for the express way and the plant was installed in the rest area at Nasu-kogen of south bound Tohoku Express Way.
In March of 2014, 3-year-demonstration experiment was finished. Then its practicability was proven as biomass power generation plant.
Since May of 2015, the necessary modification and additional construction was conducted in order to use as commercial plant and it was brought into pilot operation in November and in March of the 2016, it was delivered to the NEXCO. After that the plant was put into a continuous operation as the commercial plant and NEXCO has been conducting pyrolysis power generation using wastes of grass and trees collected during the maintenance process for the express way. Under such circumstance, C-POWER (horizontally rotating cylindrical power generation plant) is a first commercial plant.

Information on patent related to this technology


Contact person

Mr. Akimichi HATTA
Telephone +81-90-3226-8503 
E-mail [email protected]

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