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Quality Guide Energy System Studies: Performing a Techno-economic Analysis for Power Generation Plants (Report)

Date: 7/7/2015
Contact: James Fisher

The QGESS: Performing a Techno-Economic Analysis for Power Generation Plants provides guidelines on performing a techno-economic analysis (TEA) of power generation processes. The report includes guidance on preparing a technology analysis plan (TAP), a design basis, performing the technical analysis, performing the economic analysis, and information that should be reported. This guideline references numerous reports that provide examples of TEAs and provides a short description of most of the QGESS reports listed on this web page that provide useful information for specific aspects of performing a TEA.


Quality Guide Energy System Studies: Performing a Techno-economic Analysis for Power Generation Plants (Presentation)

Date: 6/19/2015
Contact: James Fisher

The QGESS: Performing a Techno-Economic Analysis for Power Generation Plants provides guidelines on performing a techno-economic analysis (TEA) of power generation processes. The report includes guidance on preparing a technology analysis plan (TAP), a design basis, performing the technical analysis, performing the economic analysis, and information that should be reported. This guideline references numerous reports that provide examples of TEAs and provides a short description of most of the QGESS reports listed on this web page that provide useful information for specific aspects of performing a TEA.


Quality Guidelines for Energy System Studies: Process Modeling Design Parameters

Date: 4/25/2014
Contact: William Summers

The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) conducts systems analysis studies that require a large number of inputs, from ambient conditions to parameters for Aspen Plus (Aspen) process blocks.  The sheer number of assumptions required makes it impractical to document all of them in each issued report.  The purpose of this section of the Quality Guidelines is to document the assumptions most commonly used in systems analysis studies and the basis for those assumptions.


Quality Guidelines for Energy System Studies: Carbon Dioxide Transport and Storage Costs in NETL Studies

Date: 2/12/2014
Contact: Timothy Grant

The purpose of this guideline is to provide an estimate of the cost of CO2 transport and storage (T&S) in a deep saline aquifer for the plant locations in the four geologic basins where coal is soured and used in the energy system studies sponsored by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).


Quality Guideline for Energy System Studies: CO2 Impurity Design Parameters

Date: 9/27/2013
Contact: William Summers

This section of the Quality Guidelines provides recommended impurity limits for CO2 stream components for use in conceptual studies of CO2 carbon capture, utilization, and storage systems. These limits were developed from information consolidated from numerous studies and are presented by component. Impurity levels are provided for limitations of carbon steel pipelines, enhanced oil recovery (EOR), saline reservoir sequestration, and cosequestration of CO2 and H2S in saline reservoirs.


Quality Guideline for Energy System Studies: Retrofit Difficulty Factors

Date: 8/30/2013
Contact: William Summers

The purpose of this guideline is to provide a methodology for estimating additional costs for retrofitting carbon capture technologies onto existing fossil power plants.


Quality Guidelines for Energy System Studies: Capital Cost Scaling Methodology

Date: 1/31/2013
Contact: William Summers

The purpose of this section of the Quality Guidelines is to provide a standard basis for scaling costs, with specific emphasis on scaling exponents. The intention of having a standardized document is to provide guidelines for proper procedures to reduce the potential of errors and increase credibility through consistency. This document contains a listing of frequently used pieces of equipment and their corresponding scaling exponent for various plant types, along with their ranges of applicability. This document also details the equations to be used with each exponent.


Quality Guideline for Energy System Studies: Fuel Prices for Selected feedstocks in NETL Studies

Date: 11/1/2012
Contact: William Summers

The purpose of this guideline is to estimate the delivered market price of select fuels commonly used as feedstock in the energy system studies sponsored by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). Specifically this includes four coals and natural gas delivered to three regions.


Quality Guideline for Energy System Studies: Specifications for Selected Feedstocks

Date: 1/31/2012
Contact: William Summers

This document provides recommended specifications for various feedstocks that are commonly found in NETL-sponsored energy system studies. Adhering to these specifications should enhance the consistency of such studies. NETL recommends these guidelines be followed in the absence of any compelling market, project, or site-specific requirements in order to facilitate comparison of studies evaluating coal-based technologies.


Quality Guideline for Energy System Studies: Process Modeling Design Parameters

Date: 1/31/2012
Contact: William Summers

The purpose of this section of the Quality Guidelines is to document the assumptions most commonly used in systems analysis studies and the basis for those assumptions. The large number of assumptions required for a thorough systems analysis make it impractical to document the entire set in each report. This document will serve as a comprehensive reference for these assumptions as well as their justification.


Quality Guide Energy System Studies: Detailed Coal Specifications

Date: 1/1/2012
Contact: William Summers

This QGESS provides data on the coal industry and detailed specifications for seven coals commonly used in energy system studies for NETL.


Quality Guidelines for Energy System Studies: Cost Estimation Methodology for NETL Assessments of Power Plant Performance

Date: 8/1/2011
Contact: Travis Shultz

This paper summarizes the costing methodology employed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in its costing models and baseline reports. Further, it defines the specific levels of capital cost as well as outlines the costing metrics by which NETL evaluates various power producing plants. These metrics and a clear understanding of the methodology used are essential in allowing different power plant technologies to be compared on a similar basis. Though these guidelines are tailored for power producing plants, they can also be applied to a variety of different revenue generating plants (e.g., coal to liquids, syngas generation, hydrogen).


Quality Guideline for Energy System Studies: Cost Estimation Methodology for NETL Assessments of Power Plant Performance

Date: 4/30/2011
Contact: William Summers

This paper summarizes the cost estimation methodology employed by NETL in its assessment of power plant performance. A clear understanding of the methodology used is essential for allowing different power plant technologies to be compared on a similar basis. Though these guidelines are tailored for power plants, they can also be applied to a variety of different energy conversion plants (e.g., coal to liquids, syngas generation, hydrogen).