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Optimizing gasification of high-ash content coals for electricity generation

Objective

The OPTIMASH project aims to optimise the efficiency and reliability of gasifiers fuelled with high-ash content coals. High Pressure Circulating Fluidized Bed gasifiers are the target technology. The objective of this 4 years project is to develop a pilot gasifier capable of producing a syngas flow at 10 bars suitable for 1MWth. The gasification characteristics of high ash content coal will be investigated using pressurized Drop Tube Furnace facilities and accompanying measurement instruments. Coal gasification models will be developed taking into account the relevant chemical kinetics. In parallel, coal beneficiation and preparation studies will be conducted experimentally; the results will be modelled for their generalization.
The 1 MWth pilot-scale plant will be modelled and numerically simulated using relevant CFD codes. The computations will be validated with data coming from the pilot-plant. The global IGCC system using the developed gasifier will be modelled using existing energy and mass balance soft-wares. Commercial scale design criteria will be developed taking into account pressure and geometric scaling.
Indian high ash coals are the main target of the project. To insure the fuel flexibility of the developed process, Turkish high ash coals will also be studied and their characteristics used in the modelling of the process.
The project will allow optimizing the global efficiency of the gasification technology for high ash coal by minimizing the steam use, optimising particle size vs residence time, developing particle agglomeration avoidance strategies, investigating corrosion risks, increasing fuel flexibility, developing efficient ash disposal system and testing different technologies for gas cooling, tar and fly ash removal. The consortium comprises a major industrial partner and a major research institute from India, together with two major research organisms from Netherlands and France, the Turkish Coal Enterprises and one Turkish university.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2011-1
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Coordinator

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
France
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 713 369
Administrative Contact
Buffenoir Eric (Mr.)

Participants (5)

STICHTING ENERGIEONDERZOEK CENTRUM NEDERLAND
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 507 346
Address
Westerduinweg 3
1755 LE Petten
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maaike Brouwer (Ms.)
THERMAX LTD
India
EU contribution
€ 1 113 979
Address
R D Aga Road D 13 Midc Chinchwad
411019 Pune
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Samir Kulkarni (Mr.)
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY MADRAS (IITM)
India
EU contribution
€ 613 928
Address
Centre For Industrial Consultancy And Sponsored Research Indian Institute If Technology Madras
600036 Chennai
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Job Kurian (Prof.)
GENERAL DIRECTORATE OF TURKISH COAL ENTERPRISES
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 238 080
Address
Hipodrom Cadesi 12 Yenimahalle
06330 Ankara
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mucella Ersoy (Ms.)
HACETTEPE UNIVERSITESI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 243 334
Address
Hacettepe Universitesi Beytepe Kampusu Rektorluk Binasi
06800 Cankaya Ankara
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ozcan Gulsoy (Prof.)