Project No: SC0004378
Performer: TDA Research Inc.
Jenny Tennant Technology Manager Coal and Coal/Biomass to Liquids 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 Markovich Federal Project Manager National Energy Technology Laboratory 626 Cochrans Mill Road P.O. Box 10940 Pittsburgh, PA 15236-0940 (412) 386-7537 email@example.com Girish Srinivas Principal Investigator TDA Research Inc. 12345 West 52nd Avenue Wheat Ridge, CO 80033-1916 (303) 940-2314 firstname.lastname@example.org
DOE Share: $1,057,947.00
Performer Share: $297,000.00
Total Award Value: $1,354,947.00
Performer website: TDA Research Inc. - http://www.tda.com/
The objective of the project is to optimize the catalyst formulation, scale up catalyst synthesis and perform extensive lifetime activity testing with a wide variety of contaminants present in syngas derived from the co-gasification of coal and biomass.
Program Background and Project Benefits
Project Scope and Technology Readiness Level
Ten major tasks are identified. In Task 1, researchers will synthesize additional catalysts using formulations that have a wide range of compositions centered on the composition of TDA Research Inc.’s successful Phase I sour shift catalysts. The catalysts will be characterized in Task 2 to be able to correlate their performance during sour shift with the physical and chemical characteristics of the catalyst. In Task 3, a statistical experimental design to explore the effects of gold (Au), molybdenum (Mo), and cobalt (Co) loading as well as testing the effects of the major catalyst poisons KCl and ammonia will be used. In Task 4, the effect of some of the more exotic potential catalysts poisons that result from trace metals in the coal and biomass, such as arsenic, phosphorus, cadmium and mercury, will be explored. These tests will be done using granulated catalysts and the catalyst test apparatus used in Phase I.
In year 2, once the catalyst formulation has been optimized to yield the best combination of low temperature sour water gas shift activity and resistance to poisons, synthesis scale up will be performed in Task 5 so that batches of 10 kg of catalyst can be produced for testing at TDA and its industrial partner, Evonik. In Task 6, a pellet test apparatus that incorporates a reactor suitable for testing beds of ¼ inch catalyst pellets will be designed. The apparatus will be built in Task 7. Because industrial catalysts need a lifetime of several years, a 1000-hour lifetime test will be conducted in Task 8. Simultaneously, in Task 9, Evonik will be testing the best-performing catalyst in its laboratories. In Task 10 an economic analysis of the sour shift process for various applications using TDA’s improved low temperature catalyst will be performed. Because process economics is always a consideration, a preliminary analysis at the beginning of the project to ensure that no time is wasted developing catalysts that would never be economical will be performed.
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".
The research team has designed and built a bench-scale catalyst test apparatus and has successfully developed a WGS catalyst that met specifications and is now in the process of being optimized.