Project No: FE0012136
Performer: Ohio State University Research Foundation
Jenny Tennant Technology Manager Gasification Systems National Energy Technology Laboratory 3610 Collins Ferry Road P.O. Box 880, MS B17 Morgantown, WV 26507-0880 (304) 285-4830 firstname.lastname@example.org
Steven Richardson Project Manager National Energy Technology Laboratory 3610 Collins Ferry Road P.O. Box 880, MS P03D Morgantown, WV 26507-0880 (304) 285-4185 email@example.com
Liang-Shih Fan Principal Investigator The Ohio State University 421B Koffolt Laboratories 140 W Nineteenth Ave Columbus, OH 43210 (614) 688-3262 firstname.lastname@example.org
DOE Share: $954,428.00
Performer Share: $249,321.00
Total Award Value: $1,203,749.00
Performer website: Ohio State University Research Foundation - http://www.osu.edu
The objective of this Ohio State University project is to further demonstrate the technical and economic advantages of chemical looping gasification (CLG) for power generation and for synthesis of transportation fuels and other high value chemicals from coal. Specifically, the research team aims to (1) improve oxygen carrier performance, (2) demonstrate at bench-scale that the CLG process can achieve greater than 98 percent coal conversion, (3) demonstrate the effects and fates of contaminants, (4) develop a sub-pilot-scale cold-flow model, and (5) provide a comparative techno-economic analysis that establishes the feasibility and attractiveness of the CLG system.
Bench Scale Unit Setup
Program Background and Project Benefits
Ohio State University will demonstrate the technical and economic advantages of a chemical looping gasification (CLG) process in context of integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) and coal-to-liquid plants. Project objectives are to 1) improve oxygen carrier performance, 2) demonstrate the CLG process at bench-scale to achieve greater than 98% coal conversion, 3) identify the effects and fates of sulfur, nitrogen, and other trace contaminants, 4) model cold-flow at sub-pilot scale, and 5) perform a comparative techno-economic analysis that validates the feasibility and attractiveness of the CLG system. Commercialized CLG technology is expected to improve the efficiency of coal-based gasification systems for both electricity generation and liquid fuels production while minimizing their carbon footprints.
Project Scope and Technology Readiness Level
The goal of this project is to improve the current oxygen carrier particle performance and CLG reactor system design for the coal to liquid (CTL) processes. Improvements in the oxygen carrier particle reactivity, selectivity, and recyclability will be made via modification of particle composition and synthesis methods. The optimum particle performance and optimum operating conditions for the reducer and oxidizer such as the temperature, gasification enhancer type, and flow rate will be identified in Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA) and small fixed bed studies. The bench scale demonstration will be conducted with both working and improved particles. Different ranks of coal such as bituminous, sub-bituminous, and lignite will be tested. Fates of sulfur, nitrogen and ash will be determined. Sub-pilot cold flow model studies will be conducted to de-risk the unknowns of the hydrodynamics for future scale-up developments. Different CLG systems will be designed to optimize the CTL processes. Comprehensive Aspen Plus process simulations and economic analyses will be completed based on the project results. The techno-economic analysis will be conducted to evaluate plant efficiency, cost and environmental performance of adopting CLG technology into a commercial scale methanol and/or Fischer-Tropsch diesel production plant. It is expected that the optimal CLG process will be selected and ready for further scale up upon completion of the proposed one-year project.
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. This project has not been assessed.
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".