Is The Answer To Poland’s Energy Crises Written On The Forest Floor?

Warsaw 9 September, 2014

Forest FloorIt’s not the costs of energy, nor is it the mitigation of climate change being discussed in Poland’s board rooms this autumn. The greatest risk to Polish industry this winter is energy shortages. Whilst two SOLIDEA Group clients will receive PowerCan units this winter giving them independence over the grid system could SOLIDEA Group react in the face of crises and market demand to produce many more PowerCans?

What is PowerCan?

A PowerCan is a modular self sufficient energy plant it has a large static engine which produces heat and electricity. PowerCan is driven by wood chip waste and the type of forest materials which have negative value. Wood and forest waste is fed into a steel vessel called a gasifier. Because the gasifier chemical reaction works in a slight vacuum there are no emissions in the conversion process, there is no chimney and no smoke. PowerCan is containerized it ships in two 20ft containers. PowerCan can be delivered and installed on the same day the process and the engine room is fully automated it is operated from anywhere on a hand held device.


R&D for the mass production of PowerCan is now fully funded and underway, the first new PowerCan units will be upgraded with a Cold Plasma cleaning devices in the New Year. Based on the successful integration of PowerCan for end users a family of devices is under development. The first ConvertaCan will be delivered later this year and development of ConcordeFT Diesel Production Unit will commence in the next three to four months   

Who benefits from PowerCan?

PowerCan is a movable energy plant it was developed to respond to energy needs and the availability of wood and forest waste. PowerCan is a “Dispersed Energy Solution” it is installed on site to benefit a “host” such as a Hospital, an Office Park or a Retail Shopping Centre in fact any large building installation can play “host” to PowerCan and benefit from PowerCan low cost energy.

“Gasification is no stranger to crises during WWII its estimated that more than 4 million vehicles were converted to run on wood gas an alternative to transport fuel” 

But Is PowerCan Big Enough?

One PowerCan produces 200kW of electricity and 260kW of heat every hour of the day 365 days a year. One single PowerCan produces enough electricity and heat for a large commercial or public centre even making it independent of the grid network. During PowerCan studies we find most of these installations can easily save energy and one PowerCan is more than enough.

“PowerCan is modular and movable if more units are needed simply add more PowerCan’s if less is needed in future simply relocate the PowerCan the operation is seamless and can be completed in one day”

PowerCan and Polish Independence

PowerCan can work off grid but by being connected to the grid PowerCan operators provide spare electricity and heat to the grid network for extra income. PowerCan is mass produced at the Polish Ship Yards in Gdansk from humble production beginnings in 2014 SOLIDEA Group has the capacity to produce hundreds even thousands of PowerCan units every year. PowerCan on its own will not provide the solution for Central Europe’s energy crises but it will keep commercial and public infrastructure running the event of “Power Cuts”

PowerCan is a Renewable Energy Device How Efficient Can That Be?

PowerCan is rather different because unlike other renewable energy devices such as wind and solar it produces energy 24 hours a day seven days a week. Most important PowerCan is highly efficient because it is located with its host and it is far more efficient than a large “Centralized Power Station” because very little energy is lost or wasted during transmission.

We can and do compare PowerCan with a Coal Fired Power Station where wood chips are fired along with coal PowerCan today produces electricity and heat using the same feedstock supply at less than 1/10th the cost of utility energy and transmission costs. Put simply PowerCan does not need subsidies instead PowerCan low operating costs subsidize traditional and renewable energy devices

Why Industry Is Joining The PowerCan family

PowerCan is already an award winning technology subjected to much scrutiny by commerce, infrastructure operators and even the food growing industry. PowerCan has already developed a family of containerized devices from applying PowerCan to end users needs and many more devices are likely in future. Poultry farmers for example benefit from PowerCan reducing operational costs in the shed, using chicken manure as fuel and ConvertaCan to transform dead chickens and chicken production waste into fuel for the PowerCan in a closed loop. PowerCan team rotary kiln is demonstrating its benefit even for other renewable energy technologies such Anaerobic Digestion where drying the end product waste for gasification in PowerCan could make the Anaerobic Digestion Industry profitable.

“Each plug and play PowerCan saves the environment more than 2,400 tons of CO2 per year, investment in PowerCan by industry means more loops are closed and less public money is wasted on centralized waste process centres. Adopting a PowerCan family and the PowerCan way of working is providing energy security, creating jobs and wealth locally as well cutting costs – PowerCan illustrates a successful formula for real economic growth”  

In Energy Enough Is A Lot

SOLIDEA Group have chosen the Polish Ship Yards as a partner for PowerCan OEM. The decision to have the Ship Yards fabricate the vessels and put PowerCan together was as an easy one since PowerCan capitalizes on world class competitive engineering firms. In 2015 SOLIDEA Group will build a new Cold Plasma facility near Warsaw and together with the might of the Polish Ship Yards PowerCan Industries has the capacity and the facilities to ship many thousands of units per year.

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