History of Synova
First MILENA conceptual design at ECN.
OLGA invented by ECN and realized on small scale downstream a 5 kW BFB gasifier.MILENA concept cold-flow tests.
Dahlman starts the cooperation with ECN for the development of the OLGA technology.
Large PDU built
The large industrial OLGA pilot is installed at ECNdownstream a 500 kW CFB gasifier.
Long duration testing
Long duration tests at the industrial pilot prove OLGA’s success.MILENA is realized on a small pilot scale 30kW.
OLGA enters the market
OLGA technology is selected to clean the product gas for a 4 MW commercial demonstration in France, upstream the first Caterpillar engine operating on gasification product gas.
Formal OLGA commercialization starts
Dahlman and ECN decide to formalize their cooperation to bring the OLGA technology to the market.
Dahlman Renewable Technology BV (DRT), a subsidiary of the Dahlman Industrial Group, is founded. DRT meets the later founders of Synova. ECN realizes MILENA on a large 800 kW pilot scale.
MILENA commercialization begins
OLGA is selected to clean the product gas of a 4 MW chicken-manure/wood gasification installation in Portugal. DRT starts the cooperation with ECN for the optimization and further development of the MILENA gasification technology with the optimization of the 800kW industrial pilot.
The existing large OLGA pilot at ECN is slightly modified to remove tars downstream the new MILENA 800kW pilot gasifier.
Expanded feedstock testing
Successful duration tests with demolition wood as fuel at the 800 kW MILENA pilot.
Commercialization avenues expand
Synova formalizes its cooperation by acquiring a minority share in Royal Dahlman. MILENA-OLGA technology is selected for a 5 MW soya stalk gasification project in India.
Sparks, new and old
Dahlman honourably receives a “Royal” designation from the Former Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands at its 125-year birthday.The Synova company is founded.
MILENA-OLGA merit recognition
The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) in the UK selects DRT as one of three companies to design the most cost-effective, economically viable and efficient waste to energy plant possible. At the end of this two-year project, comprising a FEED and extensive gasification tests with British waste, MILENA-OLGA technology proved to be most efficient...
Demonstration testing campaigns
runs, witnessed by 200+ persons in several campaigns.
Laying solid foundations
MILENA OLGA Joint Innovation BV (MOJI) is founded, a joint venture of ECN and DRT. MOJI’s subsidiary MOJIA owns all IP and knowhow and is the technology licensor from that moment on. DRT is fully acquired by Synova and hence becomes and subsidiary of Synova.
ECN joins TNO and becomes “ECN-part-of-TNO”.
Stepping into the ring
Synova commences execution of the M6 SUT Project in Thailand to demonstrate the modular MILENA-OLGA system ideal for remote locations where stick-built construction is not feasible. Project placed on hold due to funding freeze.
Pivot to new horizons
Arrival of new leadership at Synova pivots the company to focus almost exclusively on plastic circularity via waste to chemicals solutions.