July 06, 2022

Saint-Gobain to supply key components for Standard Gas’ SG100 plant

“As the construction of our first SG100 plant progresses rapidly, we are delighted Saint-Gobain are supplying the ceramic pipes for our gas cracking system,” says Standard Gas’ Technical Director, Laurence Sharrock. “Made with Saint-Gobain’s advanced silicon carbide, the pipes are ideal for our process and have higher heat resistance than steel and metal alloy alternatives.”

This significant order comprises bespoke engineered components for the SG100.

“We’ve chosen ceramic pipes because they are performance critical, and comfortably cope with the gas-cracking stages and conditions of the SG100,” Laurence adds. “Frankly, Saint-Gobain have helped us achieve an improved solution to a previous design iteration. We needed pipes tolerant to 1.150°C and these can cope up to 1.350°C. What’s more, we know we have a reliable supplier which can help our development over the long term.”

For Saint-Gobain, Keith Mann, Waste-to-Energy Market Manager, says: “We are very pleased and excited to be working with Standard Gas to deliver the SG100, green energy and hydrogen. The plant will be an important element for decarbonisation and the creation of a circular economy. Saint-Gobain is the leader in light & sustainable construction, with a commitment to making the world a better home for all. Together, we’re a good fit.”

Standard Gas’ SG100 Advanced Thermal Cracking technology transforms a wide range of non-recyclable and hazardous wastes into a clean synthesis gas (syngas) and biochar. As it doesn’t burn waste, the process has very low emissions. Tar-free, the company’s syngas, which achieved End of Waste certification from the UK’s Environment Agency, can be used to generate electricity, and heat, or processed via methanation into transportation fuels, chemical feedstock or for grid injection. Coupled with electrolysis or via reformation, the SG100 can generate between 650 tonnes and 3,000 tonnes of Green hydrogen a year. The co-product biochar captures and removes carbon when used in sequestering applications such as soil conditioning or as an aggregate for construction materials such as concrete and asphalt.

Having proved the technology with its commercial-scale demonstration plant in Cambridgeshire, UK, the company’s first SG100 plant is under construction, also in the UK. Capable of processing 48,000 tonnes of waste a year, the SG100 can generate an average of 40,000 MW hours of power and, dependent on feedstock, remove up to 16,000 tonnes of CO2. With a small footprint, the plant can be deployed in a modular manner, making it rapidly scalable for a range of end-use applications.