The company is at a late stage in its development and its owners and management team have all the resources necessary to take it through to production. The technology is being completed on an industrial scale and this stage should be finalized by the end of 2016.
At that point, the first two-reactor plant will be operational, producing enough gases and synthetic fuels to generate 40 megawatts of electricity. However, a comprehensive build and test programme needs to be completed beforehand. Several skids of auxiliary components of the CCR need to be built and tested before being added to the CCR itself.
The entire system comprises of more than 18 sub-systems. The CCR not only has a complex patented cavitation built-in system, but must also deal with the obvious effect of cavitation itself – severe vibrations. A specific suspension system has been designed by Sparks Energy’s engineers to counteract such phenomena.
All the above will require a factory acceptance testing (FAT) "Attention to details is key to success" and, at a later stage, a site acceptance testing (SAT). Both will be completed before the end of the year.
In parallel, a comprehensive programme is under way to create the most effective mix of coal, water and another element known as enriched carbon liquid (ECL) to produce the best type of gases and synthetic fuels.
A Monte Carlo simulation model will be used to generate many types of mixing outputs and to optimise the cavitation itself inside the CCR. When all the testing is completed, via stringent homologation and validation procedures, phase one will be completed. We intend to have in excess of 20 CCRs working together for phase two.