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DOE selects three advanced combustion projects to receive over US$3 million in funds

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has selected three additional projects to receive approximately US$3.3 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development.

These projects are supported through the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001728, Advanced Combustion Systems: Existing Plant Improvements and Transformational Technologies.

These projects, selected as part of FE’s Advanced Energy Systems programme, will enable cost-competitive, coal-based power generation systems. The selected projects will further the expanded use of coal, while also achieving near zero pollutant emissions and improving the near and long-term economics of these systems. The three new selections join nine other projects under this FOA that were chosen by FE in October 2017 to receive approximately US$12 million. The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will manage these following projects:

  • Integrated Boiler Management through Advanced Condition Monitoring and Component Assessment – Electric Power Research Institute (Knoxville, TN) will develop and demonstrate an integrated boiler management system that incorporates high temperature, distributed fibre optic sensors, existing plant instrumentation, and an integrated creep-fatigue management system to provide near real time determination of damage accumulation during flexible operation. This system may enhance the capability of proven creep/fatigue analysis methods by integrating distributed fibre optic sensing technology that will be adapted to boiler applications.
    • DOE funding: US$2 million; non-DOE funding: US$500 000; total value: US$2.5 million.

     

  • Combustion Performance and Emissions Optimisation through Integration of a Miniaturized High-Temperature Multi-Process Monitoring System – Reaction Engineering International (Murray, UT) will design, prototype and demonstrate a monitoring system for boiler condition management. The key objectives are to miniaturise the design; combine quantitative heat flux, deposition rate, relative surface temperature and metal wastage measurements into a single sensor; and integrate monitoring output with a plant distributed control system (DCS). The project will culminate with a demonstration and characterisation of corrosion, deposition, heat flux and temperature at multiple locations within a full-scale pulverised coal-fired power plant.
    • DOE funding: US$648 000; non-DOE funding: US$162 000; total value: US$810 000.

     

  • Development of Miniaturized High-Temperature Multi-Process Monitoring System – Reaction Engineering International (Murray, UT) will design, prototype and demonstrate a miniaturised monitoring system, which can provide a real time indication of tube surface conditions at key locations in a coal combustion boiler. The prototype system will be tested in pilot-scale combustion environments, and advanced profilometry techniques will validate accuracy of the resulting corrosion data. The project will culminate with a system level demonstration of the miniaturised, self-regulating sensors at a full-scale pulverised coal-fired plant.
    • DOE funding: US$648 000; non-DOE funding: US$162 000; total value: US$810 000.

Read the article online at: https://www.worldcoal.com/power/10082018/doe-selects-three-advanced-combustion-projects-to-receive-over-us3-million-in-funds/

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