The purpose of the independent testing was to obtain input from an FBR specialist on the operability and scale-ability of the Hazer process.
Also to provide a performance comparison Hazer’s FBR, produce comparative bulk graphite samples, and assess alternative heating methods.
Hazer’s chief technical officer Dr Andrew Cornejo said: “Similar to the Hazer FBR Pilot plant, the external FBR did not experience any significant operating difficulties or issues with de-fluidisation or sintering using the Hazer process.
Hazer’s FBR plant has 600% higher production rate
Dr Cornejo added: “We are encouraged by these results as they demonstrate we are on the right track with our own FBR design.
“Despite our own in-house FBR Pilot Plant reactor being physically smaller than the external FBR rig its nominal production rate was shown to be more than 600% higher.
“This demonstrates the progress of our technical team in developing the Hazer proprietary process design.”