Gasifier Simulator (AVESTAR)
Dynamic simulation at NETL's AVESTAR Center is one of the highly specialized and increasingly sophisticated computational tools that will be used by the Gasification Team to help achieve operation and control objectives for gasification and CO2 capture technologies. Key technical challenges and gaps for developing plant-wide, pressure-driven dynamic models and corresponding control strategies for IGCC systems with CO2 capture will be addressed. Research efforts will focus on developing a comprehensive portfolio of dynamic simulation research, development, and training activities, including optimizing the operation and control of advanced gasification-based energy plants with carbon capture. AVESTAR will be instrumental in preparing an industry workforce trained to safely and effectively operate, control, and manage commercial-scale IGCC systems with CO2 capture.