Warm Syngas Cleanup Operational Testing at Tampa Electric Company's Polk 1 IGCC Site


50 MW-equivalent warm syngas cleaning pilot<br/>plant installed as slip stream at Tampa Electric<br/>Company’s Polk Power Station IGCC
50 MW-equivalent warm syngas cleaning pilot
plant installed as slip stream at Tampa Electric
Company’s Polk Power Station IGCC
Research Triangle Institute (RTI)
Website:  Research Triangle Institute
Award Number:  FE0026622
Project Duration:  10/01/2015 – 09/30/2017
Total Award Value:  $8,750,000
DOE Share:  $7,000,000
Performer Share:  $1,750,000
Technology Area:  Gasification Systems
Key Technology:  Novel Technologies to Advance Conventional Gasification
Location:  Raleigh, North Carolina
Tampa, Florida

Project Description

Research Triangle Institute (RTI), with support from Tampa Electric Company (TEC), will perform additional R&D on the 50 MW syngas slip-stream from TEC’s Polk 1 IGCC facility. This R&D includes extended testing of the warm syngas cleanup pre-commercial demonstration unit for approximately 3,000 additional hours. During this extended operational period, the project would demonstrate capture of CO2 via integration of warm gas cleanup and other pre-combustion capture technologies. During the additional testing, the project intends to establish at least 1,000 continuous hours of fully‐integrated operation (including warm gas desulfurization process (WDP), water gas shift, and activated amine carbon capture technology) to reduce the technical risks associated with the integrated processes, and demonstrate that it can operate with high reliability and availability without unexpected process, mechanical, or control issues. A one-year period of performance will allow RTI to complete this extended testing, analyze the data, and develop optimum process configurations for integration of WDP and CO2 capture technologies for production of power, chemicals and fuels through coal gasification.

Project Benefits

Prior testing of RTI’s warm syngas desulfurization process technology at TEC in project DE-FE0000489 has shown potential to provide clean syngas at increased efficiency and with lower capital and operating costs than conventional syngas cleanup technologies. By accumulating additional test hours and achieving technology milestones in this current project, technical risks associated with scale-up and integration of the warm syngas cleaning and carbon dioxide (CO2) capture technologies will be sufficiently mitigated.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager 
Steven Markovich: steven.markovich@netl.doe.gov
Technology Manager 
K David Lyons: k.lyons@netl.doe.gov
Principal Investigator 
Raghubir P. Gupta: gupta@rti.org

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