Characterizing Impacts of High Temperatures and Pressures in Oxy-Coal Combustion Systems Email Page
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Performer:  Reaction Engineering International Location:  Murray, Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
Project Duration:  09/01/2015 – 08/31/2018 Award Number:  FE0025168
Technology Area:  Advanced Combustion Systems Total Award Value:  $1,570,596
Key Technology:  Oxy-Combustion DOE Share:  $1,251,541
Performer Share:  $319,055

100 kW Oxy-Fuel Combustor at the<br/>University of Utah’s Industrial<br/>Combustion and Gasification Research
100 kW Oxy-Fuel Combustor at the
University of Utah’s Industrial
Combustion and Gasification Research

Project Description

Reaction Engineering International (REI) will team with experts from the University of Utah, Praxair, and Jupiter Oxygen Corporation to perform multi-scale experiments, coupled with mechanism development, and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling to generate modeling tools and mechanisms that are capable of describing high temperature and pressurized oxy-coal combustion. Experimental work will be performed at the University of Utah’s Industrial Combustion and Gasification Research Facility using three different pilot-scale reactors including a 100 kilowatt Oxy-Fuel Combustor (above), 1.5 megawatt multi-fuel furnace, and 300 kilowatt Pressurized (17bar) Entrained Flow Gasifier. The experiments will be tailored to provide a comprehensive data set describing heat release profiles, material temperatures, and mineral matter behavior under high temperature and elevated temperature high-pressure flames generated by oxygen combustion of coal with zero or minimum recycle. Mechanism development and CFD-based combustion modeling will be performed by REI. This work builds on DOE contract NT0005288.

Project Benefits

The experimental data, oxy-firing system principles, and oxy-combustion process mechanisms provided by the REI team can be used by electric utilities, equipment suppliers, design firms, software vendors, and government agencies to assess the use of high-temperature and elevated temperature high-pressure oxy-combustion in current research and to guide development of new oxy-coal boiler designs. The resulting validated mechanisms are expected to enable design of full-scale minimum recycle and high pressure oxy-coal combustion systems.

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Principal Investigator Kevin Davis: