Innovative Process Technologies


Comparisons between the parallel implementation<br/>using Open-MP and serial version of MFIX-DEM,<br/>for a bubbling fluidized bed
Comparisons between the parallel implementation
using Open-MP and serial version of MFIX-DEM,
for a bubbling fluidized bed
National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)
Website:  NETL-RIC
Award Number:  FWP-2012.04.01
Project Duration:  10/01/2011 – 09/30/2016
Total Award Value:  $22,476,212
DOE Share:  $22,476,212
Performer Share:  $0
Technology Area:  Plant Optimization Technologies
Key Technology:  Innovative Energy Concepts
Location:  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Project Description

Innovative Process Technologies is challenged with the development of innovative cost-effective technologies that promote efficiency, environmental performance, and availability of advanced energy systems, and the development of computational tools that shorten development timelines of advanced energy systems. This project is focused on five distinct research tasks: (i) Sensors; (ii) Power Electronics and Energetic Materials; (iii) Innovative Energy Concepts; (iv) Computational Materials; and (v) Multiphase Flow.

Project Benefits

Innovative energy technologies are often at the lower end of the technology readiness scale, but their success would lead to revolutionary changes in the energy market. Expected benefits include (1) increase in capacity factor and RAM (reliability, availability, and maintainability) for lower cost of electricity (COE) via refractory development; (2) improved efficiency by enabling/ and increasing syngas heat recovery by through reducing reduction of convective fouling and increase the understanding of the impact that fuel properties and additives have on carbon conversion, slag, and fouling; (3) dynamic simulation, control, and virtual plant technology to provide "training experience" for new gasification technologies with carbon capture; (4) enable low-rank coal and mixed-feed gasification performance prediction and improvements by developing a hierarchy of models with uncertainty quantification, and developing industry- ready technology to address proposed EPA mercury rules.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager 
Karol Schrems:
Technology Manager 
Briggs White:
Principal Investigator 
Cathy Summers:

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