Competitive Edge: OMNI Conversion Technologies’ Syngas

February 17, 2022 |

Q: What was the reason for founding your organization – what was the open niche you saw that could be addressed with a new product or service? What was the problem, or gap, or opportunity?

OMNI was founded to convert waste to a clean syngas. By diverting waste from landfill and producing a syngas for conversion into Hydrogen or Biofuels we are solving two issues with one solution. The biogenic portion in the waste stream diverted from landfill will avoid the creation of methane, and will be converted to a downstream product that will have a low or negative carbon intensity.

Q: Tell us about your organization. What do you do?

OMNI Conversion Technologies offers an integrated modularized OMNI200 Gasification & Plasma Refining System (GPRS) package that converts a wide variety of energetic wastes, including unsorted non-recyclable municipal solid waste to clean syngas with 100% diversion from landfill.

The OMNI200 GPRS unit is proven at industrial scale. It is a complete integrated system, delivered to site in large modules, rather than stick-built. It receives and converts at a rate of 200 tonnes per day (67,000 tonnes per year) a wide variety and mix of energetic wastes into a clean consistent syngas with a predictable heating value and composition. The H2/CO ratio can be tailored to the final application. Multiple units can be readily combined for larger plants.

Q: What stage of development are you?

Commercial stage – have mature products or services on the market.

Q: What do your technologies, products or services do and accomplish – how does it (they) work, who is it (they) aimed for?

The OMNI Gasification and Refining System converts a wide variety of minimally prepared waste to OMNISyngas and OMNIRock, with no discharge to landfill and no emissions to atmosphere during conversion.

Gasification is done in three stages using partial oxidation. The first stage uses a proprietary moving grate to dry, evaporate volatiles, and effect pyrolysis. The second stage uses a vertical updraft gasifier to gasify fixed carbon and melt the inorganic fraction. The 3rd stage drives temperatures up to the point where gas refining is done, cracking long-chain molecules using a minimal amount of energy to do plasma catalysis. Gasification and refining is followed by a tightly integrated suite of heat recovery and gas cleaning steps to produce a consistent, refined product compatible with intended end use.

Gasification, refining, and cleanup equipment is delivered in an integrated unit, along with engineering support to ensure successful commissioning, start up, and operation.

Q: Competitively, what gives your technology, product or service set an edge in cost or performance, sustainability, or any other aspect, that makes it stand out from the crowd, In short, what makes it transformative?

The OMNI advantage:

  • Feedstock flexibility
  • Minimum capex and opex for feed preparation
  • Select difficult feedstocks for higher tipping fees
  • Recovered hot air can be used to dry wet feedstock for higher throughput and efficiency
  • Less dependence on very long term supply contracts
  • Wide range of applications
  • OmniSyngas can make heat, power, fuels, hydrogen, chemicals with no fundamental changes to the proven core technology.
  • OmniRock can be used in slag cement, as a construction aggregate, or as an abrasive blasting medium.
  • Over 75% LHV cold gas efficiency
  • Low parasitic power usage. (Example: electrical power consumption to make hydrogen is 1/6 that of electrolysis)
  • No air emissions during conversion of waste to syngas; only emissions are from end users of the syngas
  • 100% diversion from landfill
  • Dioxins and Furans below level of quantification
  • Very low carbon intensity – can even be negative due to diversion from landfill CH4

Q: What are the 3 top milestones you have accomplished in the past 3 years?

1. Product offered as a modular shop built design to reduce on-site time and risk.

2. OmniSyngas tailored as a precursor to make hydrogen or a biofuel.

3. First commercial sale of Omni200 GPRS for hydrogen production using nonrecyclable municipal waste in California.

Q: What are the 3 top milestones you will accomplish in the next 3 years?

1. Expand our offering to an integrated waste to OmniSyngas to hydrogen unit.

2. Commission first unit sale in California.

3. Expand sales OmniSyngas into renewable natural gas, renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel.

Q. Where can I learn more about OMNI Conversion Technologies Inc.?

Click here to visit OMNI Conversion Technologies Inc.’s website.

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