Ivan Henderson, Commissioner of Cleveland Public Power provided this update from Japan:
The schedule for today started with a bus ride to see a gasifier in use at one of the vendor’s customer’s facilities and was supposed to be a 2 hour ride one way. Due to a recent earthquake the main road was closed so we had to take an alternate route. That route was about 5 hours one way. It was worth it to see the gasification system in use but 10 hours on a bus makes for a long day.
We spent an hour at the customer’s location and spoke with the system operators and asked questions about everything as we toured the facility. Each question was answered although working with an interpreter can make communication of technical questions a bit difficult sometimes. I took video throughout the visit an each of the components we saw in the demo model and in the diagrams and reference pamphlets were there in living color. We have video of everything from the ash to the clean vapor and smoke coming out of the smoke stack. The Q&A with the operator and manager was also recorded…some of it may actually be interesting to watch.
That’s it for today. Its just after 9 pm and we are going to find dinner now.