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Download Advanced Sensors and Controls - Techno-Economic Analysis for Existing Coal Generating Units
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Date: 3/8/2013
Type: Report
Status: Active
NETL Contact: Charles Zelek
Technology Focus Area(s): Sensors and Controls
Analysis Focus Area(s): Market Analysis
Author(s): Jeffrey A Withum; Katrina Krulla (NETL); Paul Myles (WorleyParsons Group); Peter Kabatek (WorleyParsons)

Product Description
NETL collected data from previous coal-fired power plant sensors and controls projects and used this data to establish cost and performance ranges to determine the economic opportunity for future advanced sensors and controls retrofits. Unit-level economic analyses were performed on coal-fired power plants in the U.S. by calculating the net present value (NPV) of cash flows that occur after the installation of new advanced sensors and controls technologies in 2020. The results indicate that all 863 coal-fired units in the U.S. would meet a 24-month payback requirement under the assumption that availability and heat rate would improve consistent with prior sensors and controls projects.