Wood Gasification Trucks in North Korea

A wood gas generator is a gasification unit which converts timber or charcoal into wood gas, a syngas consisting of atmospheric nitrogen, carbon monoxide, hydrogen, traces of methane, and other gases, which – after cooling and filtering – can then be used to power an internal combustion engine or for other purposes. Historically wood gas generators were often mounted on vehicles, but present studies and developments concentrate mostly on stationary plants.

Trucks retrofitted with wood gasifiers are used in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in rural areas, particularly on the roads of the east coast

Hamhung City Square, DPRK, North Korea

Wonsan - Pyongyang Countryside

Gasification trucks from the east coast Hamhung region.  Keeping these trucks in operation is perhaps the reason why the military is out gathering woodphotos by Joseph A Ferris III

4 responses

  1. JD

    I think you will find a lot of these trucks burn corn cobs. At least that’s what i saw on the east coast.

    June 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    • I think you may be correct, I vaguely remember hearing this when I was there.

      June 4, 2012 at 3:20 pm

  2. ken-ni

    Smile … ! In 1944 the NSW (Aust.) govt. discharged my father from the Australian Army and sent him back to work as a government Inspector. They gave him a Chevrolet Utility for transport, with a charcoal burner mounted at the back. He had to periodically clean the dam thing.

    So yeah! I know about these things.

    Btw, I’m spending this year studying Korea, both traditional and modern. Immensely interesting. I have a class presentation on Kim Il-sung and the cult of personality surrounding him next month.

    September 8, 2012 at 7:36 pm

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