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Biomass gasification plant: Twin IHI GAsifieR: TIGAR®


Steam Gasification Plant Designed for Efficient Conversion of Various Biomass into Fuel & Chemical Feedstock

TIGAR® gasifies biomass resources to produce syngas (synthetic gas: hydrogen, carbon monoxide and other usable gases), which are utilized for various applications such as chemical feedstock and power generation fuel.
TIGAR® consists of the bubbling fluidized bed (BFB) where biomass resources are converted to syngas by the gasification reaction and the circulating fluidized bed (CFB) where unreacted biomass resources are completely combusted. In this circulatory system, bed materials (sand) are circulating to supply heat with BFB and enhance gasification reaction (see Fig. 1).


Major Features and Advantages

  1. Safer and Easier O&M
    ・Relatively low temperature & Low pressure
       - Enables a safer and easier operation.
       - Low-cost plant manufacturing and operational maintenance.
  2. The technical similarity to the CFB boiler
    ・Plant components and operation process are similar to the CFB boiler.
  3. Vairous options for gasification feedstock
    ・Applicability to various feedstocks
     - Wood chip/pellet, bagasse, bark, Lignite, sub-bituminous coal and other biomass can be treated



   Co-gasification of lignite and biomass
   - Lignite and biomass can be gasified at the same time.

・Easy switch over to any feedstock
   - Gasification feedstocks are smoothly switchable during continuous operation.

・The input to gasifier with a coarse grain size of the feedstock
   - A coarse grain size of lignite (Approx. 10mm, moisture content=60%, with pre-treatment) is permissible to feed.

4. Syngas with Rich-H2
・100% steam gasification system
   - Hydrogen accounts for a large percentage of syngas.
   - N2 contamination is significantly reduced compared to the entrained bed.

Technology Data

Possible applications

The “TIGAR®” technology facilitates the realization of de-carbonized society by promoting the utilization of biomass resources in developing countries. “TIGAR®” gasifies unutilized biomass resources and produce syngas which mainly consists of H2. Syngas can be utilized for several kinds of application such as a substitute for fossil fuel, electricity generation and chemical feedstock and so on (see Fig. 3).

By converting unutilized resources into a high-value product, “TIGAR®” reduce a large volume of CO2 emission and provide a new clean energy solution.

Competitive advantage

1. Reasonable plant cost with moderate operational conditions
Competitive gasification technology like entrained bed gasifier is required to operate under the condition with high temperature and high pressure, consequently, lead to high specification manufacturing cost.
On the other hand, “TIGAR®” can be operated on atmospheric pressure and relatively lower temperature and hence the gasifier plant can be built with readily available equipment.

2. High purity syngas derived from separated structure
Generally, as is the case with many other gasifiers, the heat required for the gasification process is supplied by the combustion of a part of the feedstock in the gasifier.
For this purpose, oxygen generated by an expensive Air Separation Unit (ASU) is injected into the gasifier as a gasification agent. In contrast, TIGAR® uses heated sand circulating from the combustor to derive the required heat for gasification while steam is used as a gasification agent in the gasifier (see Fig. 4).

Hence, oxygen is not necessary for the gasification reaction. Additionally, air is fed into the combustor in order to provide combustion heat. Since the combustor and gasifier are separated from each other and only heated sand circulates into the gasifier, flue gas does not mix with syngas. It is thus possible to obtain syngas with high calorific value, which is also suitable for chemical raw materials.



Image above shows circular flows of bed materials 


1. High calorific syngas with rich contents of H2
“TIGAR®” enables gasification process with 100% of steam, thus produce hydrogen-rich syngas. (For brown coal gasification, the proportion of hydrogen in the syngas is about 50%).
In addition, since the gasifier and the combustor are separated, the syngas and the combustion exhaust gas are completely separated. Thereby, it is possible to produce syngas having a high calorific value with little mixing of nitrogen, and that has been verified in the 50TPD demonstration plant in Indonesia.

2. Reduction of CO2
One of the main applications of syngas is to produce hydrogen which is used as chemical feedstock. Hydrogen is generally produced by fossil fuel such like natural gas.
The amount of CO2 emission of hydrogen plant of is as following;
*for producing 10,000Nm3-H2/hr
using natural gas : Approx.10 ton/hr
using biomass with TIGAR : Approx. 2ton/hr

Technical maturity/Past record of introduction

IHI Corporation started development of TIGAR® in 2004. After conducting the labo-scale experiment and the test operation in the domestic pilot plant with a coal feeding rate of 6-50 t/d, IHI demonstrated the TIGAR® 100 t/d plant in Indonesia, where low rank coals and biomass were abundant and the development of technology for their utilization was actively supported. In this project, the feasibility of its scaled-up design and biomass feedstock were successfully confirmed. In 2017, “TIGAR®” technology has completed nearly 6,000 hours of demonstration operation in Indonesia and is in a commercial ready state. Since feedback of the demonstration operation results to the commercial machine design has already been completed, it is possible to provide a commercial machine with stable technology.

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s. Akira SHIMADAE-mail:

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