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Performer:  Gas Technology Institute (GTI) Location:  
Project Duration:  10/01/2002 – 12/31/2011 Award Number:  FC26-02NT41585
Technology Area:  Gasification Systems Total Award Value:  $1,683,394
Key Technology:   DOE Share:  $1,247,896
Performer Share:  $435,498

Project Description

Gas Technology Institute is developing a reliable, practical, and cost effective means to monitor coal gasifier flame characteristics using a modified version of an optical flame sensor already under development.

The effort to make ultra-clean gasification commercially competitive includes increasing the life of gasifier injectors (which feed fuel into the gasifier). As the injectors age and wear out, the flames they produce change. Monitoring these flames will allow plant operators to more accurately predict when they have to be changed, reducing gasifier maintenance costs.

Project Benefits

A reliable real-time flame monitor for gasifier injectors would allow gasifier operators to more accurately plan for injector replacement, thereby reducing maintenance costs and increasing gasifier reliability. The sensor data on flame characteristics may also assist in the development of better, longer-lasting injectors, which would also lead to gasifier operation savings. These sensors will allow furnace operators to manually adjust appropriate burner controls (e.g., flame length or firing rate) as well as maintain safe and stable combustion.

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Contact Information

Federal Project Manager Susan Maley: susan.maley@netl.doe.gov
Technology Manager Jenny Tennant: jenny.tennant@netl.doe.gov
Principal Investigator Serguei Zelepouga: serguei.zelepouga@gastechnology.ord