Combined Cycle Power Generation Employing Pressure Gain Combustion


Pulsed Detonation Engine tested at <br/>United Technologies Research Center
Pulsed Detonation Engine tested at
United Technologies Research Center
United Technologies Research Center
Website:  United Technologies Corporation
Award Number:  FE0024011
Project Duration:  10/01/2014 – 06/30/2016
Total Award Value:  $616,286
DOE Share:  $493,029
Performer Share:  $123,257
Technology Area:  Advanced Turbines
Key Technology:  Pressure Gain Combustion
Location:  East Harford, Connecticut

Project Description

United Technologies Research Center will further advance pressure gain combustion (PGC) systems and transition this technology to combined-cycle gas turbines. The objective of the project is to assess the potential benefit of PGC system technology for combined-cycle gas turbines and compare it to the DOE goals. Multiple analyses will be completed in order to accomplish this objective. A system cycle model of the entire combined-cycle turbine system and the modules that model the unique components of the PGC system will be developed and validated against the existing experimental data. The immediate outcome of the program would be a realistic assessment of the potential efficiency improvement of PGC technology on combined-cycle power generation and an accurate assessment of the commercial impact of its adoption. Additionally, the program would document the technical gaps and the required research and development to overcome them.

Project Benefits

The technology is a PGC system designed to integrate into a combined-cycle gas turbine, which directly relates to the DOE stated goals of decreasing the cost of electricity and capture costs and increase base power-plant efficiency, thereby reducing the amount of carbon dioxide that has to be captured and stored per unit of electricity generated. The technology is an advanced combustion system that would improve the efficiency of combined cycle gas turbines over the current state of the art with the ultimate goal to reduce the financial cost and carbon dioxide emitted per unit of energy produced.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager 
K David Lyons:
Technology Manager 
Richard Dennis:
Principal Investigator 
Adam Holley:

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