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Topic Area 2A: Coal-Based Oxy-Fuel System Evaluation and
Combustor Development

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005
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  • Original Grant - Apr 7, 2005
Applications Due:

May 13, 2005

total funding: Not Available
max award: $100,000,000
min award: $0
cost sharing, matching: Yes
number of awards: Not Available
type of funding: Cooperative Agreement

Topic Area 2A- Coal-Based Oxy-Fuel System Evaluation
and Combustor Development

Applications are requested that evaluate, through system studies, a suite
of coal-based oxy-fuel systems options and then use selected state points
(temperature, pressure, species and mass flow) from these studies to
design, fabricate and test an appropriately sized oxy-fuel combustor or
combustor module. The goal of this sub-topic area is to further develop
and test oxy-fuel combustors that can operate in zero emission coal based

This suite of system configurations to be evaluated shall include, but is
not limited to, progressively advanced subsystems such as turbine
technology, oxygen separation technology, gasification technology and other
sub-systems that could be included to enhance performance. Sub system
performance parameters used in these models should be based on referenced
documents or communications. The alternative configurations shall be
sophisticated to the extent that all anticipated cooling and reheat streams
are accounted for as well as various degrees of sub system integration to
include, if appropriate, but not be limited to turbines and air separation
systems. System models are required to show a high degree of detail and
integration in their models by using input and performance data from
various subsystem venders (gasifiers, turbines, ASU, etc).

Systems should be evaluated that consider alternate locations for CO2
extraction (low pressure vs. high pressure) that could minimize the penalty
for CO2 pressurization. System configurations that produce excess hydrogen
for export should also be evaluated. System configurations that capture
carbon and produce electricity or hydrogen and could be readily deployed,
retrofitted into existing fossil fueled power plants, or take advantage of
existing commercial / industrial infrastructure are also of interest for
study and evaluation.

Successful applicants will be required to follow the quality standards
provided in the most current revision of the publication "Quality
Guidelines for Energy System Studies" as prepared by NETL's Office of
Systems and Policy Support. The January 30, 2005 revision of this document
can be found as attachment A. Applicants are highly encouraged to use the
appropriate version of Aspen Plus(r) process simulation software for the
government funded system studies.

A major requirement of this topic area is the design, fabrication and
testing of an appropriately sized oxy-fuel combustor or combustor module
based on the data and results of selected system studies and the
evaluations discussed above. It is anticipated that the tested combustor
will support the development of oxy-fuel combustors that lead to large
scale (300 - 600 MW nominal) power systems for coal-based fuels.
Applications should include a logical plan to show how state points from
the system studies will be used as input data for combustor design and
testing. This plan should include, conceptually, what might be expected in
terms of hardware design, test plans (independent and dependent parameters,
test time and data measurement), and an assessment of anticipated technical
issues. It is expected that preliminary planning and design of the
combustor could begin in parallel with the system studies, however the
final combustor and test plan design would wait to the completion of the
system studies and government approval. While it is anticipated that the
system studies may suggest a range of combustor sizes only one
Government-funded combustor would be built and tested which should be
designed to address a range of fuel compositions and operating points.

Combustor design, and the logical testing and development of this component
must take into account future turbine integration. Appropriately sized
combustors and or combustor modules for testing should be proposed that
lead to combustor systems that integrate with large-scale turbines that
take into account exhaust temperature and flow rate profiles and
distributions. Any reheat combustor design and testing should also be
proposed. Combustors developed under this program shall include the
capability to utilize fuels with a range of carbon-to-hydrogen ratios and
demonstrate the ability to vary that ratio on a load following or varying
hydrogen export basis. Combustor testing shall be based on appropriate
fuels to include actual coal derived synthesis gas, simulated coal derived
synthesis gas, high-hydrogen fuels, and carbon monoxide. Other candidate
test fuels will be considered but need to be justified.

Applications must include an option to produce a plan that would allow for
the design, fabrication of an appropriately sized combustor for testing at
the DOE's FutureGen project. Actual testing would occur in the 2012 - 2015
time frame.

Application Development and Project Implementation

Applications in Topic Area 2, Sub-topic Area A must include a phased
approach showing a logical organization of work and that allows for "go"
and "no-go" decisions at the conclusion of each phase. The following phases
are required: Phase I-Conceptual Design and R and D Implementation Plan:
Concept to Commercial Deployment; Phase II-Detailed Design and Validation
Test Program; and Phase III-System Fabrication and Testing. It is expected
that applications will have more details regarding Phase I work. Since
Phases II and III are contingent on Phase I results specific details are
not expected. However Phases II and III must provide an anticipated scope,
level of effort, and approach. The R and D Implementation Plan, a major
deliverable of Phase I, will provide the basis for negotiating and
authorizing Phase II work and anticipating the magnitude of the Phase III
effort. Offers are encouraged to read the section of the solicitation
titled "General Guidance for Preparing the Research and Development
Implementation Plan".

Technologies that are developed beyond the conceptual phase may be
submitted as Phase II and Phase III applications. Technologies that are
already developed beyond the detailed design phase may be submitted as
Phase III applications. It is anticipated that work subsequent to Phase
III, such as full-scale pre-commercial testing, could be supported through
other competitive initiatives.

It is expected that in this Sub-topic Area Phase I efforts will be between
12 and 18 months, Phase II efforts will be between 12 and 18 months, and
Phase III efforts will be 12 months with an optional 12 to 24 month testing
program at DOE's FutureGen project. These periods of performance are
intended to be consistent with the goal of enabling a commercial offering
in the 2011 time frame.

Who can apply:


Eligible functional categories:
Funding Sources:

Fossil Energy Research and Development

More Information:

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Address Info:

U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology
Laboratory, 3610 Collins Ferry Road (MS-I07) P.O. Box 880 Morgantown, WV

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