Advanced Gasifier and Water Gas Shift Technologies for Low Cost Coal Conversion to High Hydrogen Syngas Email Page
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Performer: Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc.
Aerojet Rocketdyne compact gasification schematic
Aerojet Rocketdyne compact gasification schematic
Website: Aerojet Rocketdyne
Award Number: FE0023577
Project Duration: 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016
Total Award Value: $6,583,321
DOE Share: $4,976,057
Performer Share: $1,607,264
Technology Area: Gasification Systems
Key Technology: Novel Technologies to Advance Conventional Gasification
Location: Canoga Park, California

Project Description

Aerojet Rocketdyne (AR), and team members RTI International (RTI), Gas Technology Institute (GTI), Coanda, and Nexant, are developing and maturing an advanced pilot-scale gasifier for use in a first-of-a-kind, commercially relevant demonstration plant. AR has successfully designed and operated a compact gasifier at a pilot scale. AR and Coanda are teaming to test quench zone simulations. RTI is furthering existing research into advanced water gas shift catalysts, which will enable and reduce the cost of high-H2 syngas production. GTI will test a range of coals, as well as a coal/natural gas hybrid, in the compact gasifier. Nexant will prepare a techno-economic analysis based on the outcome of these efforts, validating the benefits of the proposed technologies for both integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) and coal-to-liquids (CTL) plants.

Project Benefits

AR’s compact gasifier and RTI’s advanced water gas shift reactor technologies will combine to generate low cost, high-hydrogen syngas from coal through increased efficiency and availability, with decreased capital cost relative to state-of-the-art technologies, feedstock flexibility, and quick start-up and shut-down. These technologies contribute significantly towards the commercially competitive production of power from IGCC with 90 percent carbon capture and/or fuels from CTL at petroleum equivalent greenhouse gas emissions, with estimated capital cost reductions of 15 percent or more for IGCC plants and 18 percent or more for CTL plants, with similar product cost reductions. These benefits enable broad utilization of U.S. coal resources, while improving U.S. economic competitiveness and offering environmental benefits world-wide.

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