Korsair signs licensing agreement for Russian pyrolysis process

By Erin Voegele | March 15, 2013

Germany-based Korsair Holdings AG has signed a sales and marketing license agreement for a Russian waste-to-energy technology developed by scientists at the Regional Design and Technology Business Incubator at the Polytechnical University of Tomask. The license agreement gives Kosair exclusive rights to market the technology in the Balkan States.

According to Korsiar, the process, known as AIST-Technology, involves multi-state decomposition and oxidation of solid fuel. The process can convert waste into biofuel, heat or electricity on demand. The company adds that the technology can take in any carbon-containing waste as feedstock, including household and industrial waste.

In a statement, Korsair noted that a demonstration facility has been installed at the Technology Business Incubator at the university. The technology can take in all waste produced in a typical apartment building—including the waste water—and process it onsite, producing heat or power.

Archived information posted to the university’s website states that the technology can also produce a gasoline replacement. Any carbon-based materials, including wood or agricultural wastes, can be used a feedstock in the system. The feedstock is ground and fed into a pyrolysis reactor, where it is processed at high temperatures to produce a carbon- and hydrogen-containing synthesis gas. The syngas can be further refined into transportation fuel.

The system is described as self-fueling, requiring external sources of power only during startup. In addition, the university’s documentation specifies that the technology is emissions free and produces waste heat, which can be used to heat homes or other buildings.