Looking to gauge interest in using a spur as a gasifier to DME production platform as an economically independent seastead/state; I am a 36 year old holding degrees in Chemical Engineering (UND), Mechanical Engineering (UofC) and Management (Athabasca). To pay the bills I work on improving economic and environmental performance in the Canadian oil sands. After hours I work with the Western Research Institute on the CAT well (hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide to biomass) and the downhole flexfuel gasifier (wet biomass to syngas) both of which are patented under the banner CleanCarbon Energy.
I propose using a spur with production strings to 3000m depth (international waters) and an indirect oxyfired heater for cheap wet biomass gasification with supercritical water. The platform could import municipal waste, conventional biomass or grow/harvest standard ulva seaweed. Syngas would cleaned and converted first to methanol and then DME.
The DME would be a low cost carbon neutral diesel fuel replacement for ships that could fuel at the platform, waste heat can be used for power. Profits would be used to pay for operation of the platform and to import products. Syngas could also be used for plastics and fertilizer production in future expansions.
I am new to sea steading if but would like to propose this in detail to any interested parties.
Craig Pichach, P.Eng