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Performer:  Reaction Engineering International Location:  Salt Lake City, Utah
Project Duration:  10/01/2011 – 06/30/2015 Award Number:  FE0007952
Technology Area:  Gasification Systems Total Award Value:  $940,889
Key Technology:  Gasifier Optimization and Plant Supporting Systems DOE Share:  $702,186
Performer Share:  $238,703

From left to right: Laminar Entrained Flow Reactor,<br/>Pilot Scale Entrained Flow Gasifier, Syngas Cooler<br/>CFD Model
From left to right: Laminar Entrained Flow Reactor,
Pilot Scale Entrained Flow Gasifier, Syngas Cooler
CFD Model

Project Description

This Reaction Engineering International (REI) project will develop a better understanding of ash deposition onto refractory and metal surfaces associated with the syngas cooler used in integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) plants that incorporate a two-stage gasifier. Plugging and fouling of syngas coolers will be evaluated and specific mitigation methods validated. The successful completion of this project will result in improved availability and reliability of the syngas cooler and thereby improve the availability of the overall IGCC plant.

Project Benefits

This REI project is focused on developing a better understanding of syngas cooler plugging and fouling principles, in order to formulate concepts for mitigation of these problems to improve gasification plant availability and reliability. Improvements in availability and reliability of the syngas cooler would directly reduce the cost of electricity in integrated gasification combined cycle plants and costs of other products from syngas. Specifically, REI is conducting experiments and CFD modeling to develop designs for deposit removal, with the most promising concepts to be validated during field testing.

Presentations, Papers, and Publications

  • Bockelie, M.J., Celebi, M.C., Davis, K.A., Denison, M.K., Jaramillo, C., Fry, A., Pummill, R., Shurtz, T., Wang, D., Wendt, J.O.,  and Whitty, K., “Toward A Technology To Mitigate Syngas Cooler Plugging and Fouling”, Proceedings of the 9th Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion (ASPACC), Gyeongju, Korea, May 19-22, 2013.

  • Bockelie, M.J., Davis, K.A., Denison, M.K., Pummill, R., Wang, D., Wendt, J.O.,  Celebi, M.C., Waind, T., Jaramillo, C., Fry, A., and Whitty, K., “Toward A Technology To Mitigate Syngas Cooler Plugging and Fouling”, Proceedings of the 38th International Technical Conference on Clean Coal & Fuel Systems, Clearwater, Florida, June 2-6, 2013.

  • Bockelie, M.J., Davis, K.A., Denison, M.K., Wang, D., Pummill, R., Shim, H., and Wendt, J.O., “Mitigation of Syngas Cooler Plugging and Fouling”, Poster presented at the Gasification Technologies Council 2013 conference, Colorado Spring, Colorado, October 13-16, 2013.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager Darryl Shockley: darryl.shockley@netl.doe.gov
Technology Manager Jenny Tennant: jenny.tennant@netl.doe.gov
Principal Investigator Michael Bockelie: bockelie@reaction-eng.com