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Performer: 
Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne Inc.
High-Pressure Solids Pump
High-Pressure Solids Pump
Website:  Aerojet Rocketdyne
Award Number:  FC26-04NT42237
Project Duration:  09/30/2004 – 09/30/2013
Total Award Value:  $39,740,508.00
DOE Share:  $23,386,795.00
Performer Share:  $16,353,713.00
Technology Area:  Gasification Systems
Key Technology:  Feed Systems
Location:  Canoga Park, California

Project Description

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR) is developing a high-pressure dry feed pump, including the detailed design, construction, and testing of a 600 ton-per-day (tpd) prototype. The PWR feed pump has the potential to significantly improve the availability and efficiency of feeding dry coal/petcoke/biomass into high-pressure gasifiers, thereby increasing the efficiency of the gasifier and reducing plant capital, maintenance, and operating costs. The ability to feed high-moisture coals without the debit of additional water required for slurry feeding may make these types of coal more commercially viable for gasification.

Project Benefits

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR) is developing a high-pressure dry feed pump, including the detailed design, construction, and testing of a 600 ton-per-day (tpd) prototype. The PWR feed pump has the potential to significantly improve the availability and efficiency of feeding dry coal/petcoke/biomass into high-pressure gasifiers, thereby increasing the efficiency of the gasifier and reducing plant capital, maintenance, and operating costs. The ability to feed high-moisture coals without the debit of additional water required for slurry feeding may make these types of coal more commercially viable for gasification.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager 
K. David Lyons: k.lyons@netl.doe.gov
Technology Manager 
Jenny Tennant: jenny.tennant@netl.doe.gov
Principal Investigator 
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