Posted by: etwombly on Jul 07, 2010
Tagged in: news
This last week we have been starting a discussion about just what it would take to build a plant that could be sold as a production plant.
We have been discussing the definition of a production plant. I have proposed that the definition be " A plant that can be run 24 hours a day, 5 days a week (weekend shutdown for maintenance) for at least a 10 year life span and the plant can be run by a logging crew or equivalent".
We have shared the Biochar Products experience as far as the requirements that we believe are needed to make a production biochar plant for sale. ABRI is now getting ready to compile those requirements with those from the New Zealand group that has run another 1 ton plant. And then include the experience they have had running the 1 Ton plant in Ottawa. This will produce a next generation design document.
We then expect then to have a discussion with ABRI on how we can work to build this plant and how we can get one for testing to find out how that next version actually meets the design specifications in the design document that we are producing.
The real goal that we all need to be focused on for the next few months is to try work with ABRI partners to come up with a plan to put together the engineering work required to really build a next generation plant that is expected meet the requirements defined in this design document that is being put together now.
Of course we expect that the next version will not meet 100% of the requirements in the document. Some modifications will work and some will not and modifications will probably be made to fix those areas that don't work. There will also probably be requirements discovered on this next generation unit that we don't know of today with our current experience.
We are hopeful that after this next generation of plants we will be at the point where real early versions of actual production plants will be ready for production.
There is much work to do but over the last few months much has been learned but many issues have been identified so it is time to move on to the next step.