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Biomass to Electricity and Fuel via Plasma

Imagine a gasoline and diesel source that is CO2 neutral, sulfur-free, derived from renewable sources, superior in its power performance to fossil-based fuels, and costs less than 1/7 of fossil-based fuels.

That is what W2Energy of Toronto claims to be developing. Eventually they envision this technology product completely replacing fossil fuels.

There have been some politics of science over the intellectual property, which have set back the progress this company had been making.


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The following is a synopsis of the below-mentioned interview.

W2Energy has a patented biomass plasma reactor for "non-thermal plasma" assisted conversion of biomass to syngas and high quality liquid fuel -- either diesel or gasoline. The "non-thermal plasma" reaction has to do with exciting the electrons, and doesn't run nearly as hot as regular plasma arc reactions. It's temperature range is between 700 and 1000 degrees F, whereas regular plasma reactions start at 3000 degrees F.

The W2Energy process can use any pure hydrocarbon biomass feedstock, such as sewage, peat or algae. The ideal feedstock has a high carbon and low moisture content. In the case of algae, because it is a CO2 scavenger, the CO2 released from burning the resulting fuel is a net zero relationship -- as much CO2 is released in burning the fuel is also captured by the algae that was put into the feedstock. The company has a policy to not use food commodities as their feedstock.

Rather than just annihilate the biomass molecules in the feedstock the W2Energy plasma approach uses the biomass as fuel in the process of making fuel. It harnesses the chemical energy of the biomass.

The non-thermal plasma processed developed by W2Energy can use straight atmosphere and does not require specialized gasses such as O2; and it operates at atmospheric pressure, not requiring a vacuum as most other plasma processes do. "Simplicity" has been the prime objective of the company.

The process is also relatively safe. The system would shut down in an accident or natural disaster.

Maintenance is relatively low. They plan one service work-over for two weeks every year, in addition to routine filter and catalyst replacements.

W2Energy also has developed a patented rotary engine / positive displacement pump energy system, which is a flexible fuel engine. They designed it to burn the syngas for the production of electricity in the W2Energy systems, but it has much wider potential application, including the transportation and utility industries. In a 10,000 barrel/day plant, the plasma machine will require 4 megawatts of electricity to run, while producing 100 megawatts. And this is just from the syngas. The liquid fuel is the main product.

The company has completed its benchtop testing phase and is building its first pilot plant, which will produce 100 barrels per day, expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2008. After running that plant for about six months, they will proceed with a 1,000 barrels/day plant. The eventual commercial plant is expected to produce 10,000 barrels/day. Such a plant would cost $80 - 100 million to build.

Supplemental Resources



The W2Energy process can produce diesel or gasoline at a cost of around 14-15 cents per gallon, compared to $1.00/gallon for fossil-based fuels.

The W2Energy process is 1/10 the capital and operating costs of steam reformation.


Company: W2 Energy Inc

Pink Sheet WWEN.PK

CEO: Mike McLaren


In the News

  • W2 Energy in Waste-to-Diesel JV in Thailand - W2 Energy Inc., the developer of a Gliding Arc Tornado plasma reactor for gasification for power and fuels generation, and Better World Energy of Thailand are forming a joint venture to build one waste-to-energy plant which will convert 40 tons of municipal waste into electricity and 70 cetane synthetic diesel. (Green Car Congress; June 16, 2008)
  • Algae Feedstock in Plasma Reactor - W2 Energy will test various algae products in its biomass plasma reactor (BPR), for plasma assisted conversion of biomass to liquid fuel. It efficiently produces green energy, both fuel (sulfur free diesel) and electricity, using the plasma as a high temperature catalyst. (Yahoo! Finance; Sep. 13, 2007)

Selected headlines from

  • W2 Energy Inc. to Contract N.D. Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry to Develop New Catalyst - Marketwire (Wed, Sep 26)
  • W2 Energy Inc. to Test Algae as a Feedstock in Reactor - Marketwire (Thu, Sep 13)
  • W2 Energy Inc. to Acquire Four Patents - Marketwire (Thu, Aug 9)
  • W2 Energy Inc. to Develop Reactor Capable of Being Powered by Solar Energy - Marketwire (Thu, Jul 26)
  • W2 Energy Inc. to Build Bench Scale Coal-to-Liquid Plant to Enter Into Diesel Fuel Market - Marketwire (Wed, Jul 25)


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The W2E biomass plasma reactor was exhibited at the Top 100 Clean Energy Technologies Display at the Environmental Hall of Fame in Chicago, 2008

Other Sites


W2 Energy Inc.

US Address
711 S. Suite 4
Carson St.
Carson City, NV

Canadian Address
26 Densley Ave.
Toronto, Ontario M6M 2R1

Tel: +1-416-246-1100; fax: 416-248-2024



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