AFE provides the technology platform that allows energy in the widest range of feedstocks to be unlocked and converted into flexible and valuable syngas and further converted into the world’s most highly valued energy and chemical products.
The ability for all ranks of coal, coal wastes, lignites, peat, municipal solid waste (MSW), agricultural biomass, and other biomass feedstocks to be converted into clean syngas to produce power, industrial fuel, substitute natural gas (SNG), fertilizers and chemical building blocks, and transportation fuels represents cutting-edge, environmentally responsible energy technology.
Substitute Natural Gas
SGT syngas generated from coal can be converted into methane, the key component in natural gas, to produce synthetic, or substitute, natural gas (SNG). The substitute natural gas is then sold directly into the natural gas pipeline system.
The invention of gasification was driven by the need for alternate gaseous energy sources. In the broadest sense, the deployment of gasification is most widely used for the replacement of natural gas, especially in areas where natural gas is not available, not affordable, or the infrastructure to transport natural gas is not in place. At its core, gasification can produce the same products that natural gas can produce, expanding the feedstock realm for the products conventionally produced from natural gas, or even be a building block to producing substitute natural gas (SNG) itself.
SGT was developed from the U-GAS® technology whose development purpose was to produce natural gas replacement.
The past 12–18 months have been some of the most challenging Australia’s energy sector has experienced since the National Electricity Market (“NEM”) was established in 1998. The primary focus has been on wholesale markets, both for electricity and gas. While the two markets are increasingly interdependent, the challenges in the electricity and gas markets have differing causes.
In electricity, investor uncertainty around the viability of new generation investment, combined with recent coal plant closures, has contributed to a generation mix that is increasingly reliant on intermittent wind and solar energy. Price pressures are also motivating consumers to take greater control of their energy consumption, including by installing rooftop solar photovoltaic (“PV”) and battery storage systems.
AFE is of the view that the shortage of electricity supplies, and more particularly reliable base load electricity supplies, in the Australian market is going to continue over the medium to long-term, and that pricing of electricity in the Australian market will remain at current levels or higher, creating significant opportunities for AFE in the portfolio of projects that AFE is seeking to develop.