Project No: FE0007859
Performer: General Electric

Jenny Tennant
Technology Manager
National Energy Technology Laboratory
3610 Collins Ferry Road
P.O. Box 880, 
Morgantown, WV 26507-0880

K. David Lyons
Federal Project Manager
National Energy Technology Laboratory
3610 Collins Ferry Road
P.O. Box 880 P03D
Morgantown, WV 26507-0880

Christine Zemsky
General Electric Energy
1333 West Loop South
Houston, TX 77027

Award Date:  10/01/2011
Project Date:  12/31/2014

DOE Share: $3,949,773.00
Performer Share: $987,446.00
Total Award Value: $4,937,219.00

Performer website: General Electric -

Advanced Energy Systems - Gasification Systems

Feasibility Studies to Improve Plant Availability and Reduce Total Installed Cost in IGCC Plants

Project Description

General Electric (GE) sees opportunity in the global trend for cleaner power production using its IGCC technology. The company believes that power can be economically and cleanly produced from coal through the use of its technologies and desires to utilize its coal gasification and power generation technology expertise to meet this goal. The objective of this 3-year project is to evaluate potential improvement in total installed cost and availability through deployment of a multi-faceted approach encompassing technology evaluation, constructability assessment, and design methodology. Eastman Chemical Company is supporting the GE effort by providing consulting on the evaluation and technology transfer phases of the project. The end result is to reduce the time to technological maturity and enable plants to reach higher values of availability in a shorter period of time at a lower installed cost.

Program Background and Project Benefits

This General Electric Company project focuses on studying the feasibility of improving plant availability and reducing total installed costs in integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) plants, by developing and improving operating methodologies, simulations, and control philosophies. The project targets reducing the time to technological maturity and enabling plants to 90 percent availability in a shorter period of time and at a lower installed cost. Specifically, this project will develop techno-economic studies using cost and availability data.

Project Scope and Technology Readiness Level

In this project, GE will perform techno-economic studies on its IGCC technology focused on cost and/or availability criteria. The scope of work includes the identification of system- and component-level requirements for each task and subtask; the development of designs and materials as required for technical evaluation of concepts, validation, and testing of components/sub-systems; and the development of appropriate operating methodologies, simulations, and control philosophies where applicable.

The Technology Readiness Level (TRL) assessment identifies the current state of readiness of the key technologies being developed under the DOE’s Clean Coal Research Program. In FY 12, this project was assessed a TRL of 2.

The TRL assessment process and its results including definition and description of the levels may be found in the "2012 Technology Readiness Assessment-Analysis of Active Research Portfolio".