Sample records for texaco coal gasification

  1. Texaco Coal Gasification Wastewater Handling and Treatment Pilot Plant

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Dille

    1990-01-01

    Radian was contracted by the Electric Power Research Institute to collect and analyze water, sludge, and vapor samples associated with the pilot study of the Texaco coal gasification wastewater process. The pilot plant tests, processing grey water produced from the gasification of SUFCO coal, were conducted at the Cool Water Coal Gasification Program (CWCGP) facility during the first four months

  2. Texaco coal gasification wastewater handling and treatment pilot plant

    SciTech Connect

    Klock, B.V.; Vuong, D.C.; Webster, G.H. (Texaco, Inc., Port Arthur, TX (USA). Port Arthur Research Labs.)

    1990-07-01

    The Cool Water Coal Gasification Program (CWCGP) provided the first commercial scale demonstration of Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) power production from coal. Water treating at Cool Water was simplified by the plant's location in the Mojave desert which allowed the use of evaporation ponds. Because most utilities will not be able to dispose of plant wastewater in evaporation ponds, a water treating pilot plant was installed at Cool Water to provide a basis for the design of future effluent treatment facilities. All of the pilot plant's equipment and operations costs were paid by Texaco. The overall treatment results were sponsored by EPRI and are being made available to member utilities in this report. The pilot plant test, which processes wastewater from the gasification of SUFCo coal, were conducted during the first four months of 1989. The wastewater (grey water) was characterized by the presence of cyanide, sulfide, ammonia, coal ash particles, and formate. The Texaco process removed these constituents from the wastewater by: (1) reacting cyanide and sulfide with ferrous iron; (2) settling and filtering out the solids; (3) steam stripping the ammonia; and (4) biologically treating for formate. The work showed that the Texaco Gasification Wastewater Treatment Process (TGWTP) can be utilized to treat Texaco coal gasification plant wastewater to very low contaminant levels. The work also indicated that a reduction in water treatment capital cost can be obtained by concentrating the wastewater prior to treatment.

  3. Texaco Coal Gasification Wastewater Handling and Treatment Pilot Plant

    SciTech Connect

    Dille, R.M. (Dille (R.M.), Port Arthur, TX (USA))

    1990-07-01

    Radian was contracted by the Electric Power Research Institute to collect and analyze water, sludge, and vapor samples associated with the pilot study of the Texaco coal gasification wastewater process. The pilot plant tests, processing grey water produced from the gasification of SUFCO coal, were conducted at the Cool Water Coal Gasification Program (CWCGP) facility during the first four months of 1989. Radian collected samples of the pilot plant streams for three test runs: January 8 through January 13, March 27 through March 31, and April 23 through April 30, 1989. There were two sampling periods in each test run. The CWCGP wastewater (grey water) is characterized by the presence of cyanide, sulfide, ammonia, coal ash particles, and formate. The Texaco process is designed to remove these constituents by: (1) reacting cyanide and sulfide with ferrous iron; (2) settling and filtering the solids; (3) steam stripping the ammonia; and (4) biologically treating for formate. Samples collected to characterize the wastewater treatment process were the influent water, effluent water, iron sludge, biological sludge, and stripper overhead gas condensate. All samples were collected as aqueous or solid grab samples and analyzed by approved methods. Ammonia, solids, and formate removal were demonstrated in all three test runs. The best cyanide removals were demonstrated during Runs 2 and 3 when effluent cyanide concentrations decreased by a factor of 10, compared to the influent levels, as a result of the wastewater treatment. Sulfide removal was most clearly observed during Run 1. Very low sulfide concentrations (at or near the detection limit) in the influent stream precluded estimates of sulfide removal during Runs 2 and 3.

  4. Ammonia production from coal by utilization of Texaco coal gasification process

    SciTech Connect

    Watson, J.R.; McClanhan, T.S.; Weatherington, R.W.

    1983-12-01

    Operating data will be presented for the coal gasification and gas purification unit which has been retrofitted to the front end of an existing ammonia plant. The plant uses 200 tons per day of coal and produces 135 tons per day of ammonia. The plant uses the Texaco coal gasification process, Haldor-Topsoe catalyst systems, Selexol acid gas removal process, and the Holmes-Stretford sulfur recovery process.

  5. Texaco coal gasification wastewater handling and treatment pilot plant

    Microsoft Academic Search

    B. V. Klock; D. C. Vuong; G. H. Webster

    1990-01-01

    The Cool Water Coal Gasification Program (CWCGP) provided the first commercial scale demonstration of Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) power production from coal. Water treating at Cool Water was simplified by the plant's location in the Mojave desert which allowed the use of evaporation ponds. Because most utilities will not be able to dispose of plant wastewater in evaporation ponds,

  6. SEM microanalysis techniques in demonstration of sulfur capture by slag and sorbents during gasification of coal in a Texaco gasifier

    Microsoft Academic Search

    T. A. Laurion; M. S. Najjar; R. J. McKeon

    1990-01-01

    In Texaco's Coal Gasification Process, a significant portion of desulfurization of the product gas (synthesis gas, syngas) may be achieved by slag capture in the gasification step when various sorbents are added to the coal slurry. For example, when iron oxide is added to the coal slurry, sulfur is captured primarily in a discrete iron oxysulfide phase and to a

  7. SEM microanalysis techniques in demonstration of sulfur capture by slag and sorbents during gasification of coal in a Texaco gasifier

    SciTech Connect

    Laurion, T.A.; Najjar, M.S.; McKeon, R.J. (Texaco Research Center, Beacon, NY (USA))

    1990-01-01

    In Texaco's Coal Gasification Process, a significant portion of desulfurization of the product gas (synthesis gas, syngas) may be achieved by slag capture in the gasification step when various sorbents are added to the coal slurry. For example, when iron oxide is added to the coal slurry, sulfur is captured primarily in a discrete iron oxysulfide phase and to a lesser degree in the glassy silicates phase. Evidence confirming the success of the sorbents approach was gathered through high-temperature, high-pressure bench scale microreactor experiments as well as those with a pilot unit gasifer at Texaco's Montebello, CA research facility. The role of optical and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) in discerning and analyzing the phases and obtaining approximate phase quantitation are presented.

  8. TEXACO GASIFICATION PROCESS - INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY EVALUATION REPORT

    EPA Science Inventory

    This report summarizes the evaluation of the Texaco Gasification Process (TGP) conducted under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Superfund Innovative Technology Evaluation (SITE) Program. The Texaco Gasification Process was developed by Texaco Inc. The TGP is a comm...

  9. U.S. EPA'S EVALUATION OF A TEXACO GASIFICATION TECHNOLOGY

    EPA Science Inventory

    Gasification technologies are designed to produce, from carbonaceous organic materials (e.g., coal, oil), a useable mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen called synthesis gas, or syngas. yngas could be used to produce power or chemicals. he Texaco Gasification Process (TGP) emp...

  10. Incentives boost coal gasification

    SciTech Connect

    Hess, G.

    2006-01-16

    Higher energy prices are making technologies to gasify the USA's vast coal reserves attractive again. The article traces the development of coal gasification technology in the USA. IGCC and industrial gasification projects are now both eligible for a 20% investment tax credit and federal loan guarantees can cover up to 80% of construction costs. 4 photos.

  11. Kinetics of coal gasification

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Martin Schmal; Jose Luiz Fontes Monteiro; Jorge Luiz Castellan

    1982-01-01

    This work reports on a kinetic study on the gasification of Brazilian mineral coal with steam using a thermobalance. The coal is a high ash content (>50 wt %) subbituminous, run of mine coal (Charqueadas). Isothermal runs were made at temperatures between 800 and 1000\\/degree\\/C and at atmospheric pressure, using -14 +20 mesh Tyler size particles. The coal was devolatilized

  12. Pulverized coal plasma gasification

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. A. Kalinenko; A. P. Kuznetsov; A. A. Levitsky; V. E. Messerle; Yu. A. Mirokhin; L. S. Polak; Z. B. Sakipov; A. B. Ustimenko

    1993-01-01

    A number of experiments on the plasma-vapor gasification of brown coals of three types have been carried out using an experimental plant with an electric-arc reactor of the combined type. On the basis of the material and heat balances, process parameters have been obtained: the degree of carbon gasification (?c), the level of sulfur conversion into the gas phase (?s),

  13. Underground coal gasification

    Microsoft Academic Search

    T. F. Edgar; D. W. Gregg

    1978-01-01

    Underground coal gasification (UCG) is a method whereby the mining and conversion of coal are accomplished in a single step. Many field tests of UCG have been operated worldwide since the 1930's with varying degrees of success; based on this experience (especially in the USSR and US), a field design which is applicable to a wide range of geological conditions

  14. Underground coal gasification. Presentations

    SciTech Connect

    NONE

    2007-07-01

    The 8 presentations are: underground coal gasification (UCG) and the possibilities for carbon management (J. Friedmann); comparing the economics of UCG with surface gasification technologies (E. Redman); Eskom develops UCG technology project (C. Gross); development and future of UCG in the Asian region (L. Walker); economically developing vast deep Powder River Basin coals with UCG (S. Morzenti); effectively managing UCG environmental issues (E. Burton); demonstrating modelling complexity of environmental risk management; and UCG research at the University of Queensland, Australia (A.Y. Klimenko).

  15. CATALYTIC GASIFICATION OF COAL USING EUTECTIC SALT MIXTURES

    SciTech Connect

    Dr. Yaw D. Yeboah; Dr. Yong Xu; Dr. Atul Sheth; Dr. Pradeep Agrawal

    2001-12-01

    The Gas Research Institute (GRI) estimates that by the year 2010, 40% or more of U.S. gas supply will be provided by supplements including substitute natural gas (SNG) from coal. These supplements must be cost competitive with other energy sources. The first generation technologies for coal gasification e.g. the Lurgi Pressure Gasification Process and the relatively newer technologies e.g. the KBW (Westinghouse) Ash Agglomerating Fluidized-Bed, U-Gas Ash Agglomerating Fluidized-Bed, British Gas Corporation/Lurgi Slagging Gasifier, Texaco Moving-Bed Gasifier, and Dow and Shell Gasification Processes, have several disadvantages. These disadvantages include high severities of gasification conditions, low methane production, high oxygen consumption, inability to handle caking coals, and unattractive economics. Another problem encountered in catalytic coal gasification is deactivation of hydroxide forms of alkali and alkaline earth metal catalysts by oxides of carbon (CO{sub x}). To seek solutions to these problems, a team consisting of Clark Atlanta University (CAU, a Historically Black College and University, HBCU), the University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) and Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) proposed to identify suitable low melting eutectic salt mixtures for improved coal gasification. The research objectives of this project were to: Identify appropriate eutectic salt mixture catalysts for coal gasification; Assess agglomeration tendency of catalyzed coal; Evaluate various catalyst impregnation techniques to improve initial catalyst dispersion; Determine catalyst dispersion at high carbon conversion levels; Evaluate effects of major process variables (such as temperature, system pressure, etc.) on coal gasification; Evaluate the recovery, regeneration and recycle of the spent catalysts; and Conduct an analysis and modeling of the gasification process to provide better understanding of the fundamental mechanisms and kinetics of the process.

  16. Beluga Coal Gasification - ISER

    SciTech Connect

    Steve Colt

    2008-12-31

    ISER was requested to conduct an economic analysis of a possible 'Cook Inlet Syngas Pipeline'. The economic analysis was incorporated as section 7.4 of the larger report titled: 'Beluga Coal Gasification Feasibility Study, DOE/NETL-2006/1248, Phase 2 Final Report, October 2006, for Subtask 41817.333.01.01'. The pipeline would carry CO{sub 2} and N{sub 2}-H{sub 2} from a synthetic gas plant on the western side of Cook Inlet to Agrium's facility. The economic analysis determined that the net present value of the total capital and operating lifecycle costs for the pipeline ranges from $318 to $588 million. The greatest contributor to this spread is the cost of electricity, which ranges from $0.05 to $0.10/kWh in this analysis. The financial analysis shows that the delivery cost of gas may range from $0.33 to $0.55/Mcf in the first year depending primarily on the price for electricity.

  17. Underground coal gasification: environmental update

    SciTech Connect

    Dockter, L.; McTernon, E.M.

    1985-06-01

    Over the past decade underground coal gasification (UCG) in the US has progressed to the point where both its technical and economic prospects are causing industry to re-evaluate the process as a means of converting coal to gaseous fuels and synthesis gas. The technical feasibility of UCG has been demonstrated for subbituminous coals. Steeply dipping beds of these coals seem particularly amenable to recovery by this process. The fact that coal in currently uneconomical deposits or deposits which are difficult to mine can be converted into a useful gaseous product without large surface facilities, mines, and transportation requirements makes UCG very attractive. Contamination of ground water is a major concern in the development of underground coal gasification. A realistic evaluation of this possibility is presented.

  18. Application of RBM strategy in texaco coal gasification system

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Rong Guo; Yuhui Wang; Dongchen Shi

    2009-01-01

    Risk-based maintenance (RBM) approach is helpful to develop a cost-effective maintenance plan to ensure benefit and safety with low maintenance cost. However, most maintenance is imperfect in process industry. The imperfect effect has not been considered in the maintenance planning step in the previous works on RBM strategy. As a result, they could hardly fit the reality. An improved RBM

  19. The Caterpillar Coal Gasification Facility 

    E-print Network

    Welsh, J.; Coffeen, W. G., III

    1983-01-01

    INTO THE STEAM DRUM WHICH IS FITTED WITH WATER LEVEL AND STEAM PRESSURE CONTROLS. THE STEAM LEAVING THE TOP OF THE STEAM DRUM IS UTILIZED IN SATURATING THE AIR USED FOR GASIFICATION. THE WATER JACKET (ANNULAR BOILER) IS PROVIDED WITH A MANHOLE AND BLOWPOWN... EXPENSIVE AND A MORE RELIABLE SUPPLY. ALTHOUGH COAL GASIFICATION IS ONLY NOW BEING REDISCOVERD IN THE UNITED STATES, THE TECHNOLOGY HAS REMAINED RELA TIVELY COMMON IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD, NOTABLY SOUTH AFRICA. A CATERPILLAR ENGINEERING TEAM VISITED...

  20. Numerical simulation of coal gasification in entrained flow coal gasifier

    Microsoft Academic Search

    H. Watanabe; M. Otaka

    2006-01-01

    This paper presents modeling of a coal gasification reaction, and prediction of gasification performance for an entrained flow coal gasifier. The purposes of this study are to develop an evaluation technique for design and performance optimization of coal gasifiers using a numerical simulation technique, and to confirm the validity of the model. The coal gasification model suggested in this paper

  1. Coal Gasification for Power Generation, 3. edition

    SciTech Connect

    NONE

    2007-11-15

    The report provides a concise look at the challenges faced by coal-fired generation, the ability of coal gasification to address these challenges, and the current state of IGCC power generation. Topics covered include: an overview of Coal Generation including its history, the current market environment, and the status of coal gasification; a description of gasification technology including processes and systems; an analysis of the key business factors that are driving increased interest in coal gasification; an analysis of the barriers that are hindering the implementation of coal gasification projects; a discussion of Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) technology; an evaluation of IGCC versus other generation technologies; a discussion of IGCC project development options; a discussion of the key government initiatives supporting IGCC development; profiles of the key gasification technology companies participating in the IGCC market; and, a detailed description of existing and planned coal IGCC projects.

  2. Hydrogen production by underground coal gasification

    SciTech Connect

    Yu Li; Bao Deyou [China Univ. of Mining and Technology, Beijing (China)

    1997-12-31

    A new technique of Long Tunnel, Large Section and Two-Stage (LLTS) Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) combines coal mining and coal gasification in one process and with abandoned coal mine resources. The new technique of UCG will be developed in China for producing hydrogen at a large scale at low cost.

  3. Coal gasification for advanced power generation

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Andrew J. Minchener

    2005-01-01

    This paper provides a review of the development and deployment of coal based gasification technologies for power generation. The global status of gasification is described covering the various process and technology options. The use of gasification for power generation is then highlighted including the advantages and disadvantages of this means for coal utilisation. The R, D & D needs and

  4. Potential of underground coal gasification

    SciTech Connect

    Burwell, E.L.

    1984-02-01

    The results of underground coal gasification tests carried out in the US and sponsored by the Federal Government during the past 10 years are shown. The author considers that the technology shows great promise. Small-scale UCG plants would allow close matching of plant size to local market need, with lower economic risks. The use of otherwise unusable coals could quadruple US coal reserves. Due to the modular nature of UCG, only the 10 - 20 million dollars necessary for the first module of the UCG portion of a plant is at high risk, making it a viable option where development capital is limited.

  5. Coal gasification 2006: roadmap to commercialization

    SciTech Connect

    NONE

    2006-05-15

    Surging oil and gas prices, combined with supply security and environmental concerns, are prompting power generators and industrial firms to further develop coal gasification technologies. Coal gasification, the process of breaking down coal into its constituent chemical components prior to combustion, will permit the US to more effectively utilize its enormous, low cost coal reserves. The process facilitates lower environmental impact power generation and is becoming an increasingly attractive alternative to traditional generation techniques. The study is designed to inform the reader as to this rapidly evolving technology, its market penetration prospects and likely development. Contents include: Clear explanations of different coal gasification technologies; Emissions and efficiency comparisons with other fuels and technologies; Examples of US and global gasification projects - successes and failures; Commercial development and forecast data; Gasification projects by syngas output; Recommendations for greater market penetration and commercialization; Current and projected gasification technology market shares; and Recent developments including proposals for underground gasification process. 1 app.

  6. Synfuel trends: underground coal gasification

    SciTech Connect

    Stephens, D.R.; Brandenburg, C.F.; Burwell, E.L.

    1980-04-01

    A major objective of the US energy program is to develop environmentally acceptable ways to use coal. Underground coal gasification (UCG) is one of the most promising of these processes. It offers 3 major advantages as a source of synthetic fuel: (1) pipeline quality gas at costs competitive with or lower than that of other synfuels; (2) use of as much as 1.2 trillion tons of coal (triple the present coal reserves) that would not be economical to strip or deep mine; and (3) possible environmental advantages. This study reviews the state of the art in UCG, with emphasis on the US Department of Energy program. The conclusion is that UCG can recover the energy in unminable coal seams to ease demand for imported oil and natural gas, and a commercial UCG process could be onstream by the late 1980s. 34 references.

  7. Iron sulfide deposition during coal gasification

    Microsoft Academic Search

    D. Duane Brooker; Myongsook S. Oh

    1995-01-01

    Previous analysis of ash generated during coal gasification using a high calcium coal (SUFCo) suggested that iron sulfide was the dominant sulfide species in the system. During a recent analysis of ash material removed from a gasification pilot unit using Pittsburgh No. 8, a high iron coal, sub-?m to 5 ?m euhedral iron sulfide crystals were identified on the outer

  8. Biooxidation of coal gasification wastewaters

    Microsoft Academic Search

    T. L. Donaldson; G. W. Strandberg; J. D. Hewitt; G. S. Shields

    1984-01-01

    Laboratory studies were carried out on the feasibility of using a fixed-film fluidised-bed bioreactor to treat coal gasification wastewaters. Dilute synthetic wastewaters were treated successfully by this process for over a year, and dilute actual wastewaters for 9 months. The bioreactors were stable, and no serious operating problems occurred. Effluent phenol concentration of <0.001 kg\\/m³ was achieved with a synthetic

  9. Design of a wastewater plant for a 200-ton/day coal gasification pilot plant

    SciTech Connect

    Stephenson, R.L.; Brown, J.

    1982-01-01

    The TVA Ammonia from Coal Project consists of retrofitting a 200-ton/day coal gasification and gas purification facility on the front end of an existing small, modern natural gas-steam reforming ammonia plant located at the National Fertilizer Development Center, in Muscle Shoals, AL. The main objective is to provide technical and economic information to the US fertilizer industry for the substitution of coal for natural gas as a feedstock for producing ammonia. The coal gasification unit is based on the Texaco partial oxidation process. The total plant cost is estimated to be about $43.2 million, of which 10.1% of the cost (about $4.3 million) is for the wastewater plant. the TVA Ammonia from Coal Project contains developmental and first-time-out design features, therefore these costs should not be used to determine the costs of commercial plants. Data are presented on the design conditions for the facility.

  10. Groundwater Pollution from Underground Coal Gasification

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Shu-qin LIU; Jing-gang LI; Mei MEI; Dong-lin DONG

    2007-01-01

    In situ coal gasification poses a potential environmental risk to groundwater pollution although it depends mainly on local hydrogeological conditions. In our investigation, the possible processes of groundwater pollution originating from underground coal gasification (UCG) were analyzed. Typical pollutants were identified and pollution control measures are proposed. Groundwater pollution is caused by the diffusion and penetration of contaminants generated by

  11. Improved catalysts for carbon and coal gasification

    DOEpatents

    McKee, D.W.; Spiro, C.L.; Kosky, P.G.

    1984-05-25

    This invention relates to improved catalysts for carbon and coal gasification and improved processes for catalytic coal gasification for the production of methane. The catalyst is composed of at least two alkali metal salts and a particulate carbonaceous substrate or carrier is used. 10 figures, 2 tables.

  12. Potential of underground coal gasification

    SciTech Connect

    Burwell, E.L.

    1984-02-01

    A rapidly growing interest in underground coal gasification (UCG), in the U.S. and several other countries, has developed in the past few years. This has been accompanied by in-depth evaluations of the potential of UCG, its technology, economics, risks, and rewards by a number of highly qualified engineering groups. Several common findings seem to emerge from each study as: sufficient technological feasibility has been proved to warrant further study; if long-term operation can be made to bear out the promise shown in field tests, the process will be economically competitive; actual development could greatly expand existing coal reserves; and significant potential advantages exist which made UCG a leading candidate for synfuels development.

  13. Spectrum of underground coal gasification in Tianjin

    SciTech Connect

    Xu Yongsheng; Bai Xiaohong [Tianjin Urban Construction Inst. (China)

    1997-12-31

    A feasibility study on underground coal gasification in Tianjin is conducted and a program for exploitation of these coal reserves with UCG techniques is suggested. Some issues, such as the coal resources in Tianjin, the geological features of the selected for UCG trial, the characteristics of local coal deposits and the coal quality are discussed. A proposal for a combination of the production of coalbed methane and underground coal gas was summarized.

  14. Wabash River Coal Gasification Repowering Project

    Microsoft Academic Search

    P. Amick; G. J. Mann; J. J. Cook; R. Fisackerly; R. C. Spears

    1992-01-01

    The Destec gasification process features an oxygen-blown, two stage entrained flow gasifier. PSI will procure coal for the Project consistent with the design specification ranges of Destec`s coal gasification facility. Destec`s plant will be designed to accept coal with a maximum sulfur content of 5.9% (dry basis) and a minimum energy content of 13,5000 BTU\\/pound (moisture and ash free basis).

  15. Wabash River Coal Gasification Repowering Project

    Microsoft Academic Search

    P. Amick; G. J. Mann; J. J. Cook; R. Fisackerly; R. C. Spears

    1992-01-01

    The Destec gasification process features an oxygen-blown, two stage entrained flow gasifier. PSI will procure coal for the Project consistent with the design specification ranges of Destec's coal gasification facility. Destec's plant will be designed to accept coal with a maximum sulfur content of 5.9% (dry basis) and a minimum energy content of 13,5000 BTU\\/pound (moisture and ash free basis).

  16. Plasma gasification of coal in different oxidants

    SciTech Connect

    Matveev, I.B.; Messerle, V.E.; Ustimenko, A.B. [Applied Plasma Technology, Mclean, VA (USA)

    2008-12-15

    Oxidant selection is the highest priority for advanced coal gasification-process development. This paper presents comparative analysis of the Powder River Basin bituminous-coal gasification processes for entrained-flow plasma gasifier. Several oxidants, which might be employed for perspective commercial applications, have been chosen, including air, steam/carbon-dioxide blend, carbon dioxide, steam, steam/air, steam/oxygen, and oxygen. Synthesis gas composition, carbon gasification degree, specific power consumptions, and power efficiency for these processes were determined. The influence of the selected oxidant composition on the gasification-process main characteristics have been investigated.

  17. Low/medium Btu coal-gasification assessment program for potential users in New Jersey. Final report

    SciTech Connect

    Bianco, J. [BRISC; Schavlan, S. [BRISC; Ku, W. S. [PSE& G; Piascik, T. M. [PSE& G; Hynds, J. A. [PSE& G; West, A. [SDC

    1981-01-01

    In order to evaluate the potential for coal utilization, a preliminary technical and economic assessment of district coal gasification in New Jersey was conducted. This evaluation addressed the possibility of installing a coal gasification plant to use a high sulfur eastern coal to produce a medium Btu content gas (MBG) having a heating value of approximately 300 Btu/SCF. In addition, the work also appraised the regulatory, environmental and marketing, and financial considerations of such a facility. The preliminary study evaluation has manifested an overall technical and economic feasibility for producing a medium Btu quality gas (MBG) from coal at PSE and G's Sewaren Generating Station in New Jersey. The production of MBG for use in on-site power plant boilers or for distribution to industrial customers appears to be economically attractive. The economic attractiveness of MBG is very dependent on the location of sufficient numbers of industrial customers near the gasification facilities and on high utilization of the gasification plant. The Sewaren Generating Station was identified as potentially the most suitable site for a gasification plant. The Texaco Coal Gasification Process was selected as the gasifier type due to a combination of efficiency and pilot plant experience. It is projected that a nominal 2000 tons-per-day coal gasification plant would supply supplemental utility boiler fuel, fuel grade methanol and some by-products.

  18. EFFECT OF UNDERGROUND COAL GASIFICATION ON GROUNDWATER

    EPA Science Inventory

    The potential effect of underground coal gasification on groundwater has been examined in a laboratory study. The study was directed at Fruitland Formation subbituminous coal of the San Juan Basin and at the groundwater found in this coal seam. Two wells were drilled into the coa...

  19. Market opportunities for coal gasification in China

    Microsoft Academic Search

    T. Attwood; V. Fung; W. W. Clark

    2003-01-01

    Coal gasification is a technology that has been around for 200 yr. With the recent technology advances in the past 20 yr, it has become an option for the clean production of power and other energy forms. China will continue to be the largest user of coal in the world. Coal is the source of energy in almost every area

  20. Integration and testing of hot desulfurization and entrained flow gasification for power generation systems

    Microsoft Academic Search

    T. F. Leininger; A. Robin; D. Y. Jung; J. S. Kassman; J. K. Wolfenbarger; P. P. Yang

    1992-01-01

    To help achieve the goal of clean, low cost power generation from coal, Texaco submitted an unsolicited proposal in July 1986 to develop and demonstrate the integration of high temperature desulfurization with the Texaco Coal Gasification Process (TCGP). The main goals of the proposed program were: Develop and demonstrate in-situ desulfurization of synthesis gas in an entrained flow gasifier using

  1. Apparatus for fixed bed coal gasification

    DOEpatents

    Sadowski, Richard S. (Greenville, SC)

    1992-01-01

    An apparatus for fixed-bed coal gasification is described in which coal such as caking coal is continuously pyrolyzed with clump formation inhibited, by combining the coal with a combustible gas and an oxidant, and then continually feeding the pyrolyzed coal under pressure and elevated temperature into the gasification region of a pressure vessel. The materials in the pressure vessel are allowed to react with the gasifying agents in order to allow the carbon contents of the pyrolyzed coal to be completely oxidized. The combustion of gas produced from the combination of coal pyrolysis and gasification involves combining a combustible gas coal and an oxidant in a pyrolysis chamber and heating the components to a temperature of at least 1600.degree. F. The products of coal pyrolysis are dispersed from the pyrolyzer directly into the high temperature gasification region of a pressure vessel. Steam and air needed for gasification are introduced in the pressure vessel and the materials exiting the pyrolyzer flow down through the pressure vessel by gravity with sufficient residence time to allow any carbon to form carbon monoxide. Gas produced from these reactions are then released from the pressure vessel and ash is disposed of.

  2. Trace element partitioning during coal gasification

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Joseph J. Helble; Wahab Mojtahedi; Jussi Lyyränen; Jorma Jokiniemi; Esko Kauppinen

    1996-01-01

    The fate of trace element pollutants in integrated gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) systems is closely tied to their volatilization in the gasifier and subsequent condensation or reaction with fine fly ash particles. The results of an experimental bench-scale programme to measure the partitioning of selected trace elements during atmospheric pressure entrained flow gasification of Illinois No. 6 bituminous coal are presented.

  3. COAL GASIFICATION ENVIRONMENTAL DATA SUMMARY: TRACE ELEMENTS

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report summarizes trace element measurements made at several coal gasification facilities. Most of the measurements were made as part of EPA's source testing and evaluation program on low- and medium-Btu gasification. The behavior of trace elements is discussed in light of th...

  4. Underground coal gasification simulation. Final report

    SciTech Connect

    Gunn, R.D.

    1984-07-01

    The underground coal gasification (UCG) process - both forward gasification and reverse combustion linkage - was mathematically modeled. The models were validated with field and laboratory data. They were then used to explain some important UCG phenomena that had not been predictable with other methods. Some views on the UCG technology status are also presented. 3 references, 25 figures, 10 tables.

  5. An Underground Coal Gasification Experiment, Hanna, Wyoming

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Leo Schrider; James Jennings; C. F. Brandenburg; D. F. Fischer

    1974-01-01

    In the fall of 1972, the U.S. Bureau of Mines began an experiment to investigate the technologic, economic, and environmental considerations of underground gasification of a W. subbituminous coal. The gasification site is near the town of Hanna, Wyo., approx. 70 miles northwest of Laramie. The test results indicate that gas volumes and gas heating values have fluctuated over a

  6. The Role of Oxygen in Coal Gasification

    E-print Network

    Klosek, J.; Smith, A. R.; Solomon, J.

    Air Products supplies oxygen to a number of coal gasification and partial oxidation facilities worldwide. At the high operating pressures of these processes, economics favor the use of 90% and higher oxygen purities. The effect of inerts...

  7. Underground Coal Gasification at Tennessee Colony 

    E-print Network

    Garrard, C. W.

    1979-01-01

    The Tennessee Colony In Situ Coal Gasification Project conducted by Basic Resources Inc. is the most recent step in Texas Utilities Company's ongoing research into the utilization of Texas lignite. The project, an application of the Soviet...

  8. Underground Coal Gasification at Tennessee Colony

    E-print Network

    Garrard, C. W.

    1979-01-01

    The Tennessee Colony In Situ Coal Gasification Project conducted by Basic Resources Inc. is the most recent step in Texas Utilities Company's ongoing research into the utilization of Texas lignite. The project, an application of the Soviet...

  9. The Role of Oxygen in Coal Gasification 

    E-print Network

    Klosek, J.; Smith, A. R.; Solomon, J.

    1986-01-01

    Air Products supplies oxygen to a number of coal gasification and partial oxidation facilities worldwide. At the high operating pressures of these processes, economics favor the use of 90% and higher oxygen purities. The effect of inerts...

  10. Production of Hydrogen from Underground Coal Gasification

    DOEpatents

    Upadhye, Ravindra S. (Pleasanton, CA)

    2008-10-07

    A system of obtaining hydrogen from a coal seam by providing a production well that extends into the coal seam; positioning a conduit in the production well leaving an annulus between the conduit and the coal gasification production well, the conduit having a wall; closing the annulus at the lower end to seal it from the coal gasification cavity and the syngas; providing at least a portion of the wall with a bifunctional membrane that serves the dual purpose of providing a catalyzing reaction and selectively allowing hydrogen to pass through the wall and into the annulus; and producing the hydrogen through the annulus.

  11. Underground Coal Gasification Program plan

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1986-03-01

    The Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) Program is directed toward the development of advanced technologies for recovering gas from large, currently unrecoverable coal resources. The overall goal of the UCG Program is to foster development within the private sector of an environmentally acceptable UCG industry whose products can compete with other electric utility fuels and as a chemical feedstock for liquid fuel production by the late 1990s. This goal includes appropriate environmental research to establish the information base required to identify and cost effectively mitigate potential problems. The objective of this environmental research is to characterize potential impacts and the performance of new and developmental systems in controlling these impacts so that more efficient solutions to environmental concerns are available on a schedule consistent with the development of advanced technology. To achieve this goal, a series of interrelated technology development steps must take place, some sponsored by DOE, some by other government agencies, and some by other governments and/or the private sector. These include basic and applied research and development, proof-of-concept activities, first-of-a-kind field tests, and associated commercial scale activity. This publication presents: (1) background and program goal; (2) technology description; (3) technology status and research needs; (4) program strategy; and (5) program management. 3 figs.

  12. Differences in gasification behaviors and related properties between entrained gasifier fly ash and coal char

    SciTech Connect

    Jing Gu; Shiyong Wu; Youqing Wu; Ye Li; Jinsheng Gao [East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai (China). Department of Chemical Engineering for Energy Resources and Key Laboratory of Coal Gasification of Ministry of Education

    2008-11-15

    In the study, two fly ash samples from Texaco gasifiers were compared to coal char and the physical and chemical properties and reactivity of samples were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), SEM-energy-dispersive spectrometry (EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), N{sub 2} and CO{sub 2} adsorption method, and isothermal thermogravimetric analysis. The main results were obtained. The carbon content of gasified fly ashes exhibited 31-37%, which was less than the carbon content of 58-59% in the feed coal. The fly ashes exhibited higher Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area, richer meso- and micropores, more disordered carbon crystalline structure, and better CO{sub 2} gasification reactivity than coal char. Ashes in fly ashes occurred to agglomerate into larger spherical grains, while those in coal char do not agglomerate. The minerals in fly ashes, especial alkali and alkaline-earth metals, had a catalytic effect on gasification reactivity of fly ash carbon. In the low-temperature range, the gasification process of fly ashes is mainly in chemical control, while in the high-temperature range, it is mainly in gas diffusion control, which was similar to coal char. In addition, the carbon in fly ashes was partially gasified and activated by water vapor and exhibited higher BET surface area and better gasification activity. Consequently, the fact that these carbons in fly ashes from entrained flow gasifiers are reclaimed and reused will be considered to be feasible. 15 refs., 7 figs., 5 tabs.

  13. Underground coal gasification using oxygen and steam

    SciTech Connect

    Yang, L.H.; Zhang, X.; Liu, S. [China University of Mining & Technology, Xuzhou (China)

    2009-07-01

    In this paper, through model experiment of the underground coal gasification, the effects of pure oxygen gasification, oxygen-steam gasification, and moving-point gasification methods on the underground gasification process and gas quality were studied. Experiments showed that H{sub 2} and CO volume fraction in product gas during the pure oxygen gasification was 23.63-30.24% and 35.22-46.32%, respectively, with the gas heating value exceeding 11.00 MJ/m{sup 3}; under the oxygen-steam gasification, when the steam/oxygen ratio stood at 2: 1, gas compositions remained virtually stable and CO + H{sub 2} was basically between 61.66 and 71.29%. Moving-point gasification could effectively improve the changes in the cavity in the coal seams or the effects of roof inbreak on gas quality; the ratio of gas flowing quantity to oxygen supplying quantity was between 3.1:1 and 3.5:1 and took on the linear changes; on the basis of the test data, the reasons for gas quality changes under different gasification conditions were analyzed.

  14. Geosphere in underground coal gasification

    SciTech Connect

    Daly, D.J.; Groenewold, G.H.; Schmit, C.R.; Evans, J.M.

    1988-07-01

    The feasibility of underground coal gasification (UCG), the in-situ conversion of coal to natural gas, has been demonstrated through 28 tests in the US alone, mainly in low-rank coals, since the early 1970s. Further, UCG is currently entering the commercial phase in the US with a planned facility in Wyoming for the production of ammonia-urea from UCG-generated natural gas. Although the UCG process both affects and is affected by the natural setting, the majority of the test efforts have historically been focused on characterizing those aspects of the natural setting with the potential to affect the burn. With the advent of environmental legislation, this focus broadened to include the potential impacts of the process on the environment (e.g., subsidence, degradation of ground water quality). Experience to date has resulted in the growing recognition that consideration of the geosphere is fundamental to the design of efficient, economical, and environmentally acceptable UCG facilities. The ongoing RM-1 test program near Hanna, Wyoming, sponsored by the US Department of Energy and an industry consortium led by the Gas Research Institute, reflects this growing awareness through a multidisciplinary research effort, involving geoscientists and engineers, which includes (1) detailed geological site characterization, (2) geotechnical, hydrogeological, and geochemical characterization and predictive modeling, and (3) a strategy for ground water protection. Continued progress toward commercialization of the UCG process requires the integration of geological and process-test information in order to identify and address the potentially adverse environmental ramifications of the process, while identifying and using site characteristics that have the potential to benefit the process and minimize adverse impacts.

  15. Coal properties and system operating parameters for underground coal gasification

    SciTech Connect

    Yang, L. [China University of Mining & Technology, Xuzhou (China)

    2008-07-01

    Through the model experiment for underground coal gasification, the influence of the properties for gasification agent and gasification methods on underground coal gasifier performance were studied. The results showed that pulsating gasification, to some extent, could improve gas quality, whereas steam gasification led to the production of high heating value gas. Oxygen-enriched air and backflow gasification failed to improve the quality of the outlet gas remarkably, but they could heighten the temperature of the gasifier quickly. According to the experiment data, the longitudinal average gasification rate along the direction of the channel in the gasifying seams was 1.212 m/d, with transverse average gasification rate 0.069 m/d. Experiment indicated that, for the oxygen-enriched steam gasification, when the steam/oxygen ratio was 2:1, gas compositions remained stable, with H{sub 2} + CO content virtually standing between 60% and 70% and O{sub 2} content below 0.5%. The general regularities of the development of the temperature field within the underground gasifier and the reasons for the changes of gas quality were also analyzed. The 'autopneumatolysis' and methanization reaction existing in the underground gasification process were first proposed.

  16. Evaluation of coal-gasification - combustion-turbine power plants emphasizing low water consumption

    SciTech Connect

    Cavazo, R.; Clemmer, A.B.; de la Mora, J.A.; Grisso, J.R.; Klumpe, H.W.; Meissner, R.E.; Musso, A.; Roszkowski, T.R.

    1982-01-01

    A cost and performance study was made of several integrated power plants using coal gasification technology now in advanced development and combustion turbines for power generation. The principal emphasis was placed on studying plants using air cooling and comparing costs and performance of those plants with water-cooled coal gasification-combined-cycle (GCC) and conventional coal-fired power plants. The major objective was to determine whether cost and performance penalties would be prohibitive for air-cooled plants that use yet-to-be-developed coal gasifiers and commercially available combustion turbines for topping cycle power. The results indicate the following: air-cooled GCC plants using conceptual designs of either the Texaco or the British Gas Corporation (BGC) slaging gasifier could have coal-to-net electric power efficiencies equivalent to that of a water-cooled conventional coal-fired plant; the air-cooled GCC plants could produce electricity at busbar cost 1 to 3 mills per kWh (1980 dollars) less than busbar cost in a water-cooled conventional plant and only up to 2 mills per kWh higher than busbar cost in a water-cooled Texaco GCC plant; and even a simple-cycle regenerative combustion turbine plant fueled with gas from the BGC gasifier could have a coal-to-net electric power efficiency of over 30% and a busbar cost competitive with that in a water cooled conventional plant. The principal reason that air-cooled power plants using combustion turbines could be competitive with conventional water-cooled, coal-fired steam plants is that a majority of net power is produced by the combustion turbines, which require no cooling water. This, in turn, leads to a reduced cost and performance penalty when bottoming steam-cycle condensers are air-cooled.

  17. Angrenskaya underground coal gasification station

    SciTech Connect

    Olness, D.

    1982-06-17

    This report continues our survey of the Soviet effort in underground coal gasification (UCG) and summarizes production data and process improvements developed at the Angrenskaya Station. Of the six UCG stations operated in the Soviet Union, only the Angrenskaya Station was established from the outset as a commercial venture rather than as a research facility. Development began in 1952. Industrial operation began in 1961 and has continued to the present. It was anticipated that improvements planned for the Angren system, coupled with the assumed advantages of thick seams, would make the UCG process developed at Tula both efficient and profitable as operated at Angren. Unfortunately, this was not the case, and the cost of UCG at Angren has remained relatively high despite the various system changes that have been tried over the years. Although the Angrenskaya Station presently operates at only about 20% capacity, undoubtedly a consequence of the disappointing results, the Soviets keep it in operation as a demonstration facility for foreign investors who may wish to enter into licensing agreements and as a place for testing new process developments.

  18. The Public Perceptions of Underground Coal Gasification (UCG)

    E-print Network

    Watson, Andrew

    The Public Perceptions of Underground Coal Gasification (UCG): A Pilot Study Simon Shackley #12;The Public Perceptions of Underground Coal Gasification (UCG): A Pilot Study Dr Simon Shackley of Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) in the United Kingdom. The objectives were to identify the main dangers

  19. Fluidized bed catalytic coal gasification process

    DOEpatents

    Euker, Jr., Charles A. (15163 Dianna La., Houston, TX 77062); Wesselhoft, Robert D. (120 Caldwell, Baytown, TX 77520); Dunkleman, John J. (3704 Autumn La., Baytown, TX 77520); Aquino, Dolores C. (15142 McConn, Webster, TX 77598); Gouker, Toby R. (5413 Rocksprings Dr., LaPorte, TX 77571)

    1984-01-01

    Coal or similar carbonaceous solids impregnated with gasification catalyst constituents (16) are oxidized by contact with a gas containing between 2 volume percent and 21 volume percent oxygen at a temperature between 50.degree. C. and 250.degree. C. in an oxidation zone (24) and the resultant oxidized, catalyst impregnated solids are then gasified in a fluidized bed gasification zone (44) at an elevated pressure. The oxidation of the catalyst impregnated solids under these conditions insures that the bed density in the fluidized bed gasification zone will be relatively high even though the solids are gasified at elevated pressure and temperature.

  20. Assessment of advanced coal gasification processes

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Mccarthy, J.; Ferrall, J.; Charng, T.; Houseman, J.

    1981-01-01

    A technical assessment of the following advanced coal gasification processes is presented: high throughput gasification (HTG) process; single stage high mass flux (HMF) processes; (CS/R) hydrogasification process; and the catalytic coal gasification (CCG) process. Each process is evaluated for its potential to produce synthetic natural gas from a bituminous coal. Key similarities, differences, strengths, weaknesses, and potential improvements to each process are identified. The HTG and the HMF gasifiers share similarities with respect to: short residence time (SRT), high throughput rate, slagging, and syngas as the initial raw product gas. The CS/R hydrogasifier is also SRT, but is nonslagging and produces a raw gas high in methane content. The CCG gasifier is a long residence time, catalytic, fluidbed reactor producing all of the raw product methane in the gasifier.

  1. Process for fixed bed coal gasification

    DOEpatents

    Sadowski, Richard S. (Greenville, SC)

    1992-01-01

    The combustion of gas produced from the combination of coal pyrolysis and gasification involves combining a combustible gas coal and an oxidant in a pyrolysis chamber and heating the components to a temperature of at least 1600.degree. F. The products of coal pyrolysis are dispersed from the pyrolyzer directly into the high temperature gasification region of a pressure vessel. Steam and air needed for gasification are introduced in the pressure vessel and the materials exiting the pyrolyzer flow down through the pressure vessel by gravity with sufficient residence time to allow any carbon to form carbon monoxide. Gas produced from these reactions are then released from the pressure vessel and ash is disposed of.

  2. Fixed-bed gasification research using US coals. Volume 15. Gasification of ''fresh'' Rosebud subbituminous coal

    SciTech Connect

    Thimsen, D.; Maurer, R.E.; Pooler, A.R.; Pui, D.; Liu, B.; Kittelson, D.

    1985-09-01

    A single-staged, fixed-bed Wellman-Galusha gasifier coupled with a hot, raw gas combustion system and scrubber has been used to gasify numerous coals from throughout the United States. The gasification test program is organized as a cooperative effort by private industrial participants and government agencies. The consortium of participants is organized under the Mining and Industrial Fuel Gas (MIFGa) group. This report is the fifteenth volume in a series of reports describing the atmospheric pressure, fixed-bed gasification of US coals. This specific report describes the gasification of Rosebud subbituminous coal, from June 17, 1985 to June 24, 1985. 4 refs., 20 figs., 15 tabs.

  3. Clean coal technology—Study on the pilot project experiment of underground coal gasification

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Lanhe Yang; Jie Liang; Li Yu

    2003-01-01

    In this paper, the gasification conditions, the gasifier structure, the measuring system and the gasification rationale of a pilot project experiment of underground coal gasification (UCG) in the Liuzhuang Colliery, Tangshan, are illustrated. The technique of two-phase underground coal gasification is proposed. The detection of the moving speed and the length of the gasification working face is made using radon

  4. Investigation of plasma-aided bituminous coal gasification

    SciTech Connect

    Matveev, I.B.; Messerle, V.E.; Ustimenko, A.B. [Applied Plasma Technology, Mclean, VA (United States)

    2009-04-15

    This paper presents thermodynamic and kinetic modeling of plasma-aided bituminous coal gasification. Distributions of concentrations, temperatures, and velocities of the gasification products along the gasifier are calculated. Carbon gasification degree, specific power consumptions, and heat engineering characteristics of synthesis gas at the outlet of the gasifier are determined at plasma air/steam and oxygen/steam gasification of Powder River Basin bituminous coal. Numerical simulation showed that the plasma oxygen/steam gasification of coal is a more preferable process in comparison with the plasma air/steam coal gasification. On the numerical experiments, a plasma vortex fuel reformer is designed.

  5. Combined coal gasifer and fuel cell system and method

    Microsoft Academic Search

    F. D. Gmeindl; R. A. Geisbrecht

    1990-01-01

    This patent describes a coal gasification and fuel cell system. It comprises: in combination coal gasification means for endothermically reacting coal or coal char in the presence of a catalyst, an external source of heat and steam for producing a stream of gaseous products containing carbon dioxide and hydrogen at a temperature in the range of about 1150° to 1050°

  6. Comparison of coal gasification and combustion residues

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Ralph R. Turner; Philip D. Lowry

    1983-01-01

    Slags produced from the entrained flow gasification and cyclone furnace combustion of Pittsburgh seam coal are morphologically similar and exhibit similar leaching behavior. Both wastes consist predominantly of dense glassy shards with low specific surface area (<1 m²\\/g). Based on aqueous extraction and inorganic analyses according to the extraction procedure specified under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), none

  7. Comparison of coal gasification and combustion residues

    SciTech Connect

    Turner, R.R.; Lowry, P.D.

    1983-04-01

    Slags produced from the entrained flow gasification and cyclone furnace combustion of Pittsburgh seam coal are morphologically similar and exhibit similar leaching behavior. Both wastes consist predominantly of dense glassy shards with low specific surface area (<1 m/sup 2//g). Based on aqueous extraction and inorganic analyses according to the extraction procedure specified under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), none of the combustion or gasification solid wastes examined in this study would be classified as hazardous under current federal regulations. The concentrations of most trace elements in RCRA and other batch extracts of the gasification slag and combustion bottom wastes were below current or proposed drinking water levels. In contrast, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, selenium, zinc, manganese, copper, and sulfate in batch extracts of two combustion fly ashes from Pittsburgh coal exceeded drinking water criteria. These results suggest that slags from entrained flow coal gasification should not require solid waste management practices substantially different from those currently used for coal combustion solid wastes.

  8. COAL GASIFICATION ENVIRONMENTAL DATA SUMMARY: ORGANICS

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report summarizes the organics data from environmental assessments of several low- and medium-Btu coal gasification processes conducted between 1977 and 1981 under the sponsorship of the U.S. EPA. The data summary focuses on the concentration, composition, and mass flow of or...

  9. Novel gas turbine cycles with coal gasification

    Microsoft Academic Search

    S. J. Lehman

    1979-01-01

    This paper summarizes the results of a study to devise efficient gas turbine cycles without steam bottoming for use with coal gasification. Substitution of other forms of heat recovery in place of steam bottoming offers a potential cost saving. A novel form of the intercooled-reheat-regenerative cycle was devised with thermal efficiency nearly as high as that of combined cycles. As

  10. Environmental effects of in situ coal gasification

    Microsoft Academic Search

    M. J. Humenick; T. F. Edgar; R. J. Charbeneau

    1983-01-01

    An assessment of avialable engineering, geological and operating data on underground coal gasification indicates that this process can cause significant air and water pollution and land subsidence. Of the possible impacts, groundwater pollution is the most serious. Modeling studies and large-scale field tests are needed to determine the long-term fate of pollutants and the degree of restoration required before UCG

  11. Environmental effects of in situ coal gasification

    Microsoft Academic Search

    M. J. Humenick; R. J. Charbeneau; T. F. Edgar

    1983-01-01

    A study of the literature has evaluated the environmental impact of underground coal gasification (UCG) on the air, land, and water. Current knowledge on air pollutants, lend subsidence, potential ground and surface water pollutants is summarized. Evaluations of the dispersion of pollutant species and the application of mathematical models to predict pollutant transport and dispersion in ground water are also

  12. HR 160 performance in coal gasification equipment

    SciTech Connect

    Whittaker, G.S. [Eastman Chemical Co., Kingsport, TN (United States)

    1995-12-31

    An alloy 825 water-cooled component failed by sulfidation enhanced thermal fatigue in a commercial coal gasification system. In an attempt to improve component life the material of construction was changed to Haynes HR-160. After several years of operating experience the HR-160 has not provided the desired improvement. Analysis shows the failure mechanism has remained the same.

  13. Reactivity of coal gasification with steam and CO 2

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Alejandro Molina; Fanor Mondragón

    1998-01-01

    A description of the main parameters affecting char gasification, as well as an evaluation of the kinetic models used for describing the char gasification reaction, are presented. By reviewing literature on char gasification reactivity it is shown that of all the parameters involved in char gasification, the thermal history of the char, the pore structure and the coal chemical composition

  14. Fixed-bed gasification research using US coals. Volume 4. Gasification of Leucite Hills subbituminous coal

    SciTech Connect

    Thimsen, D.; Maurer, R.E.; Pooler, A.R.; Pui, D.; Liu, B.; Kittelson, D.

    1985-03-31

    A single-staged, fixed-bed Wellman-Galusha gasifier coupled with a hot, raw gas combustion system and scrubber has been used to gasify numerous coals from throughout the United States. The gasification test program is organized as a cooperative effort by private industrial participants and governmental agencies. The consortium of participants is organized under the Mining and Industrial Fuel Gas (MIFGa) Group. This report is the fourth volume in a series of reports describing the atmospheric pressure, fixed-bed gasification of US coals. This specific report describes the gasification of Leucite Hills subbituminous coal from Sweetwater County, Wyoming. The period of the gasification test was April 11-30, 1983. 4 refs., 23 figs., 27 tabs.

  15. ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARD RANKINGS OF POLLUTANTS GENERATED IN COAL GASIFICATION PROCESSES

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives results of an evaluation and ranking of environmental hazards associated with coal gasification. Applied chemical analytical data were provided by (1) research with an experimental gasifier, and (2) sampling of four commercial gasification processes. Gas, liquid,...

  16. Oxygen plants for coal gasification: Experience at the Cool Water GCC (gasification combined cycle) Power Plant: Final report

    SciTech Connect

    Petras, R.A.; Mostello, R.A.; Ko, A.P.

    1987-09-01

    This report presents the results of a study conducted by Airco-BOC for EPRI to assess performance of the Cool Water Oxygen Plant as it relates to the Cool Water Coal Gasification Program's requirements and evaluate alternate supply arrangements for future larger gasifier based combined cycle power plants. The Cool Water Oxygen Plant is the first application of a dedicated oxygen plant to a commercial sized gasifier based combined cycle power generating facility. Performance of the installation has exceeded the requirements of the Cool Water Program. Performance of the entire oxygen facility is presented at various loadings. Operating ranges of system components are discussed. The oxygen plant back-up system is described and subsequent performance noted. Load following tests were conducted by Airco-BOC and the Cool Water Program to determine the entire facility's operating flexibility. Operating ramp rates achievable on the oxygen plant have exceeded the requirements of the coal gasification facility. The oxygen plant's load-following system is described and results of load-following tests conducted are presented. A supplemental study was conducted to determine alternative oxygen generating facilities to support a nominal 600 MW Texaco gasifier based combined cycle power generation facility. The results of this section of the study are presented. 8 refs., 33 figs., 10 tabs.

  17. Assessment of Advanced Coal Gasification Processes

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    McCarthy, John; Ferrall, Joseph; Charng, Thomas; Houseman, John

    1981-01-01

    This report represents a technical assessment of the following advanced coal gasification processes: AVCO High Throughput Gasification (HTG) Process; Bell Single-Stage High Mass Flux (HMF) Process; Cities Service/Rockwell (CS/R) Hydrogasification Process; Exxon Catalytic Coal Gasification (CCG) Process. Each process is evaluated for its potential to produce SNG from a bituminous coal. In addition to identifying the new technology these processes represent, key similarities/differences, strengths/weaknesses, and potential improvements to each process are identified. The AVCO HTG and the Bell HMF gasifiers share similarities with respect to: short residence time (SRT), high throughput rate, slagging and syngas as the initial raw product gas. The CS/R Hydrogasifier is also SRT but is non-slagging and produces a raw gas high in methane content. The Exxon CCG gasifier is a long residence time, catalytic, fluidbed reactor producing all of the raw product methane in the gasifier. The report makes the following assessments: 1) while each process has significant potential as coal gasifiers, the CS/R and Exxon processes are better suited for SNG production; 2) the Exxon process is the closest to a commercial level for near-term SNG production; and 3) the SRT processes require significant development including scale-up and turndown demonstration, char processing and/or utilization demonstration, and reactor control and safety features development.

  18. ENCOAL mild coal gasification project. Annual report

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1993-10-01

    This document is the combination of the fourth quarter report (July--September 1993) and the 1993 annual report for the ENCOAL project. The following pages include the background and process description for the project, brief summaries of the accomplishments for the first three quarters, and a detailed fourth quarter report. Its purpose is to convey the accomplishments and current progress of the project. ENCOAL Corporation, has completed the construction of a mild gasification demonstration plant at Triton Coal Company`s Buckskin Mine near Gillette, Wyoming. The process, using Liquids From Coal (LFC) technology developed by SMC and SGI International, utilizes low-sulfur Powder River Basin coal to produce two new fuels, Process Derived Fuel (PDF) and Coal Derived Liquids (CDL). ENCOAL submitted an application to the US Department of Energy (DOE) in August 1989, soliciting joint funding of the project in the third round of the Clean Coal Technology Program. The project was selected by DOE in December, 1989 and the Cooperative Agreement approved in September, 1990. Construction, commissioning, and start-up of the ENCOAL mild coal gasification facility was completed in June of 1992, and the project is currently in the operations phase. Some plant modifications have been required and are discussed in this report.

  19. Modelling coal gasification with a hybrid neural network

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Bing Guo; Youting Shen; Dingkai Li; Fu Zhao

    1997-01-01

    Gasification of two coals was carried out in a batch feed fluidized bed reactor at atmospheric pressure using steam as fluidizing medium. A model of coal gasification was developed, incorporating a first-principles model with a neural network parameter estimator. The hybrid neural network was trained with experimental data for the two coals and gave good performance in process modelling. A

  20. Fluidized bed gasification of extracted coal

    DOEpatents

    Aquino, D.C.; DaPrato, P.L.; Gouker, T.R.; Knoer, P.

    1984-07-06

    Coal or similar carbonaceous solids are extracted by contacting the solids in an extraction zone with an aqueous solution having a pH above 12.0 at a temperature between 65/sup 0/C and 110/sup 0/C for a period of time sufficient to remove bitumens from the coal into said aqueous solution, and the extracted solids are then gasified at an elevated pressure and temperature in a fluidized bed gasification zone (60) wherein the density of the fluidized bed is maintained at a value above 160 kg/m/sup 3/. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, water is removed from the aqueous solution in order to redeposit the extracted bitumens onto the solids prior to the gasification step. 2 figs., 1 tab.

  1. Fluidized bed gasification of extracted coal

    DOEpatents

    Aquino, Dolores C. (Houston, TX); DaPrato, Philip L. (Westfield, NJ); Gouker, Toby R. (Baton Rouge, LA); Knoer, Peter (Houston, TX)

    1986-01-01

    Coal or similar carbonaceous solids are extracted by contacting the solids in an extraction zone (12) with an aqueous solution having a pH above 12.0 at a temperature between 65.degree. C. and 110.degree. C. for a period of time sufficient to remove bitumens from the coal into said aqueous solution and the extracted solids are then gasified at an elevated pressure and temperature in a fluidized bed gasification zone (60) wherein the density of the fluidized bed is maintained at a value above 160 kg/m.sup.3. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, water is removed from the aqueous solution in order to redeposit the extracted bitumens onto the solids prior to the gasification step.

  2. Fluidized bed injection assembly for coal gasification

    DOEpatents

    Cherish, Peter (Bethel Park, PA); Salvador, Louis A. (Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County, PA)

    1981-01-01

    A coaxial feed system for fluidized bed coal gasification processes including an inner tube for injecting particulate combustibles into a transport gas, an inner annulus about the inner tube for injecting an oxidizing gas, and an outer annulus about the inner annulus for transporting a fluidizing and cooling gas. The combustibles and oxidizing gas are discharged vertically upward directly into the combustion jet, and the fluidizing and cooling gas is discharged in a downward radial direction into the bed below the combustion jet.

  3. Steam decomposition in underground coal gasification

    SciTech Connect

    Mastalerz, J.; Matyjaszczyk, M.S.; Rauk, J.

    1987-02-01

    An idea for probing the combustion zone temperature (CZT) in underground coal gasification (UCG) by using the hydrogen amount in product gas coming from the steam decomposition (HS) is proposed. It seems, from both experimental and theoretical analyses of three generators, that the increase in CZT results in the increase of HS and vice versa. Experimental results of UCG in single well and multiwell generators, blind and open, constructed in bituminous coal seam by the shaft method with ambient and heated air and oxygen as oxidizing agents are presented, and good agreement with theoretical predictions is reached after taking into account the carbon dioxide trapping and hydrogen burning processes.

  4. Key tests set for underground coal gasification

    SciTech Connect

    Haggin, J.

    1983-07-18

    Underground coal gasification (UCG) is about to undergo some tests. The tests will be conducted by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in a coal seam owned by Washington Irrigation and Development Co. A much-improved UCG system has been developed by Stephens and his associates at LLNL - the controlled retracting injection point (CRIP) method. Pritchard Corp., Kansas City, has done some conceptual process design and has further studied the feasibility of using the raw gas from a UCG burn as a feedstock for methanol synthesis and/or MTG gasoline. Each method was described. (DP)

  5. Process wastewater treatability study for Westinghouse fluidized-bed coal gasification

    SciTech Connect

    Winton, S.L.; Buvinger, B.J.; Evans, J.M.; French, W.E.; Page, G.C.; Rhodes, W.J.

    1983-11-01

    In the development of a synthetic fuels facility, water usage and wastewater treatment are major areas of concern. Coal gasification processes generally produce relatively large volumes of gas condensates. These wastewaters are typically composed of a variety of suspended and dissolved organic and inorganic solids and dissolved gaseous contaminants. Fluidized-bed coal gasification (FBG) processes are no exception to this rule. The Department of Energy's Morgantown Energy Technology Center (METC), the Gas Research Institute (GRI), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA/IERLRTP) recognized the need for a FBG treatment program to provide process design data for FBG wastewaters during the environmental, health, and safety characterization of the Westinghouse Process Development Unit (PDU). In response to this need, METC developed conceptual designs and a program plan to obtain process design and performance data for treating wastewater from commercial-scale Westinghouse-based synfuels plants. As a result of this plan, METC, GRI, and EPA entered into a joint program to develop performance data, design parameters, conceptual designs, and cost estimates for treating wastewaters from a FBG plant. Wastewater from the Westinghouse PDU consists of process quench and gas cooling condensates which are similar to those produced by other FBG processes such as U-Gas, and entrained-bed gasification processes such as Texaco. Therefore, wastewater from this facility was selected as the basis for this study. This paper outlines the current program for developing process design and cost data for the treatment of these wastewaters.

  6. Underground coal gasification: Technology status report

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1986-10-01

    The US Department of Energy's Morgantown Energy Technology Center is conducting a program in underground coal gasification (UCG). The purpose of this program is to develop the technology for converting coal seams, in place, to a combustible gas that can be cleaned, treated, and upgraded for a variety of end uses, such as the production of chemicals, substitute natural gas, liquid fuels, and electrical power. Coal resources targeted for UCG processing are those coal seams that are unsuitable for recovery using current mining technology because of technical, environmental, health and safety, or economic factors. Conceptually, UCG processing is relatively simple and straightforward. Wells are drilled from the surface to provide access to the target coal seam. One well serves for injection of an oxidant, such as air or a mixture of oxygen and steam, into the seam, while another well serves as a production well for the gasification process gases. These two process wells are connected within the seam using one of several linking techniques to provide an open pathway for the flow of large quantities of gaseous products. Surface treatment of the product gas stream is similar to that for surface gasification processes. The Program is divided into two main technical areas or subprograms: (1) Process Technology, and (2) Process Monitoring, Control, and Environmental Impact Mitigation. The intent of this report is to present the research and accomplishments since 1983 by discussing the elements in these two subprograms that are inhibiting the commercialization of UCG: (1) site suitability, (2) process well linkage, (3) process control, and (4) environmental risks. 60 refs., 12 figs.

  7. Numerical study on the coal gasification characteristics in an entrained flow coal gasifier

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Y. C. Choi; X. Y. Li; T. J. Park; J. H. Kim; J. G. Lee

    2001-01-01

    The coal gasification process of a slurry feed type, entrained-flow coal gasifier was numerically predicted in this paper. By dividing the complicated coal gasification process into several simplified stages such as slurry evaporation, coal devolatilization and two-phase reactions coupled with turbulent flow and two-phase heat transfer, a comprehensive numerical model was constructed to simulate the coal gasification process. The k–?

  8. Program for large-scale underground-coal-gasification tests

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hammesfahr, F. W.; Winter, P. L.

    1982-11-01

    The continuing development of underground coal gasification technology requires extended multi-module field programs in which the output gas is linked to surface usage. An effort was to appraise whether existing surface facilities in the utility, petroleum refinery, or natural gas industries could be used to reduce the cost of such an extended multi-module test and whether regional demand in areas having underground coal gasification coal resources could support the manufacture of transportation fuels from underground coal gasification gases. To limit the effort to a reasonable level but yet to permit a fair test of the concept, effort was focused on five states, Illinois, New Mexico, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming, which have good underground coal gasification reserves. Studies of plant distribution located 25 potential sites within 3 miles of the underground coal gasification amenable reserves in the five states. Distribution was 44% to utilities, 44% to refineries, and 12% to gas processing facilities.

  9. Coal gasification: New challenge for the Beaumont rotary feeder

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Stelian, J.

    1977-01-01

    The use of rotary feeders in the coal gasification process is described with emphasis on the efficient conversion of coal to clean gaseous fuels. Commercial applications of the rotary feeder system are summarized.

  10. The role of high-Btu coal gasification technology

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    German, M. I.

    An analysis is given of the role and economic potential of Lurgi-technology gasification of coal to the year 2000, in relation to other gas-supply options, the further development of gasifier designs, and probable environmental impact. It is predicted that coal gasification may reach 10% of total gas supplies by the year 2000, with Eastern U.S. coal use reaching commercially significant use in the 1990's. It is concluded that coal gasification is the cleanest way of using coal, with minimal physical, chemical, biological and socioeconomic impacts.

  11. A model for moving-bed coal gasification reactors

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Heeyoung Yoon; James Wei; Morton M. Denn

    1978-01-01

    A steady state model of moving-bed coal gasification reactors has been developed. Model predictions are in agreement with published commercial plant data for Lurgi pressurized gasification reactors and a pilot plant slagging gasifier. The dependence of reactor performance on operating variables has been studied for Illinois and Wyoming coals. For a given coal, maximum efficiency is determined by the coal-to-oxygen

  12. Underground coal gasification: a preliminary evaluation

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1980-01-01

    Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) offers the promise of being more economically attractive, safer, less socially and less environmentally disruptive than other forms of coal-based synthetic fuel development. These advantages may outweigh some process uncertainties which - similar to most mining processes - are largely specific to the site under development and must be addressed on a site specific basis. Recent announcements by ARCO and Gulf indicate that serious development is underway with significant financial commitments to be made. DOE also projects a joint pilot plant program with industry in 1981. UCG appears to have strong development potential in Colorado because of the State's great coal resource base (fourth largest in the US, more than 90% recoverable by underground mining) and because Gulf's initial site choice for its steeply-dipping-bed test program was in Weld County. A continuing effort to define specific site characteristics will be required within the state in areas showing potential for UCG development.

  13. Gasification of an Indonesian subbituminous coal in a pilot-scale coal gasification system

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Yongseung Yun; Seok Woo Chung

    2007-01-01

    Indonesian Roto Middle subbituminous coal was gasified in a pilot-scale dry-feeding gasification system and the produced syngas\\u000a was purified with hot gas filtering and by low temperature desulfurization to the quality that can be utilized as a feedstock\\u000a for chemical conversion. Roto middle coal produced syngas that has a typical composition of 36–38% CO, 14–16% H2, and 5–8% CO2. Particulates

  14. Wabash River coal gasification repowering project: Public design report

    SciTech Connect

    NONE

    1995-07-01

    The Wabash River Coal Gasification Repowering Project (the Project), conceived in October of 1990 and selected by the US Department of Energy as a Clean Coal IV demonstration project in September 1991, is expected to begin commercial operations in August of 1995. The Participants, Destec Energy, Inc., (Destec) of Houston, Texas and PSI Energy, Inc., (PSI) of Plainfield, Indiana, formed the Wabash River Coal Gasification Repowering Project Joint Venture (the JV) to participate in the DOE`s Clean Coal Technology (CCT) program by demonstrating the coal gasification repowering of an existing 1950`s vintage generating unit affected by the Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAA). The Participants, acting through the JV, signed the Cooperative Agreement with the DOE in July 1992. The Participants jointly developed, and separately designed, constructed, own, and will operate an integrated coal gasification combined cycle (CGCC) power plant using Destec`s coal gasification technology to repower Unit {number_sign}1 at PSI`s Wabash River Generating Station located in Terre Haute, Indiana. PSI is responsible for the new power generation facilities and modification of the existing unit, while Destec is responsible for the coal gasification plant. The Project demonstrates integration of the pre-existing steam turbine generator, auxiliaries, and coal handling facilities with a new combustion turbine generator/heat recovery steam generator tandem and the coal gasification facilities.

  15. Coal gasification for power generation. 2nd ed.

    SciTech Connect

    NONE

    2006-10-15

    The report gives an overview of the opportunities for coal gasification in the power generation industry. It provides a concise look at the challenges faced by coal-fired generation, the ability of coal gasification to address these challenges, and the current state of IGCC power generation. Topics covered in the report include: An overview of coal generation including its history, the current market environment, and the status of coal gasification; A description of gasification technology including processes and systems; An analysis of the key business factors that are driving increased interest in coal gasification; An analysis of the barriers that are hindering the implementation of coal gasification projects; A discussion of Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) technology; An evaluation of IGCC versus other generation technologies; A discussion of IGCC project development options; A discussion of the key government initiatives supporting IGCC development; Profiles of the key gasification technology companies participating in the IGCC market; and A description of existing and planned coal IGCC projects.

  16. THEORETICAL INVESTIGATION OF SELECTED TRACE ELEMENTS IN COAL GASIFICATION PLANTS

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives results of a theoretical investigation of the disposition of five volatile trace elements (arsenic, boron, lead, selenium, and mercury) in SNG-producing coal gasification plants. Three coal gasification processes (dry-bottom Lurgi, Koppers-Totzek, and HYGAS) were...

  17. Method for increasing steam decomposition in a coal gasification process

    DOEpatents

    Wilson, Marvin W. (Fairview, WV)

    1988-01-01

    The gasification of coal in the presence of steam and oxygen is significantly enhanced by introducing a thermochemical water-splitting agent such as sulfuric acid, into the gasifier for decomposing the steam to provide additional oxygen and hydrogen usable in the gasification process for the combustion of the coal and enrichment of the gaseous gasification products. The addition of the water-splitting agent into the gasifier also allows for the operation of the reactor at a lower temperature.

  18. Method for increasing steam decomposition in a coal gasification process

    DOEpatents

    Wilson, M.W.

    1987-03-23

    The gasification of coal in the presence of steam and oxygen is significantly enhanced by introducing a thermochemical water- splitting agent such as sulfuric acid, into the gasifier for decomposing the steam to provide additional oxygen and hydrogen usable in the gasification process for the combustion of the coal and enrichment of the gaseous gasification products. The addition of the water-splitting agent into the gasifier also allows for the operation of the reactor at a lower temperature.

  19. ASPEN simulations of fluidized-bed and entrained-flow integrated gasification combined-cycle power plants. [KRW and Texaco

    Microsoft Academic Search

    1985-01-01

    A fluidized-bed, integrated gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) power plant simulation was developed by METC using the Advanced System for Process Engineering (ASPEN) process simulator. The ASPEN simulation is based on a conceptual design of a 570 megawatt (MW) IGCC plant using Kellogg-Rust-Westinghouse (KRW) ash agglomerating pressurized fluid-bed gasifiers and conventional cold gas cleanup processes. The conceptual design was completed by Bechtel

  20. Comparison of coal tars generated by pyrolysis of Hanna coal and UCG (underground coal gasification) Hanna IVB coal tars

    Microsoft Academic Search

    F. A. Barbour; R. E. Cummings

    1986-01-01

    The compositions of coal tars produced by laboratory and pilot scale apparatus have been compared to those produced during underground coal gasification (UCG) experiments at Hanna, Wyoming. Four coal tars were generated by pyrolysis using the block reactor and the laboratory reference retort, and a fifth coal tar was composited from products produced by UCG. Coal tars were separated into

  1. Underground coal gasification modelling activities in Belgium

    SciTech Connect

    Coeeme, A.; Mostade, M. [Institution pour le Developpement de la Gazeification Souterraine, Liege (Belgium); Pirard, J.P.; Pirlot, P. [Univ. de Liege (Belgium). Institut de Chimie; Sintzoff, I. [Univ. Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium)

    1997-12-31

    This paper summarizes recent modelling studies in Belgium. The models were developed within the framework of the two European Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) field trials at great depth: Thulin (Belgium), 1980--1987 and Alcorisa (Spain), 1992--1997 (in progress). UCG process modelling can be divided into two categories according to the degree of physicochemical description details: (1) models based on a macroscopic or ``global`` description of phenomena and (2) models based on a more detailed description of the mechanisms involved. In parallel to UCG process modelling activities, a production well model was developed on the same detailed description of the mechanisms involved.

  2. Carbon dioxide sorption capacities of coal gasification residues.

    PubMed

    Kempka, Thomas; Fernández-Steeger, Tomás; Li, Dong-Yong; Schulten, Marc; Schlüter, Ralph; Krooss, Bernhard M

    2011-02-15

    Underground coal gasification is currently being considered as an economically and environmentally sustainable option for development and utilization of coal deposits not mineable by conventional methods. This emerging technology in combination with carbon capture and sorptive CO2 storage on the residual coke as well as free-gas CO2 storage in the cavities generated in the coal seams after gasification could provide a relevant contribution to the development of Clean Coal Technologies. Three hard coals of different rank from German mining districts were gasified in a laboratory-scale reactor (200 g of coal at 800 °C subjected to 10 L/min air for 200 min). High-pressure CO2 excess sorption isotherms determined before and after gasification revealed an increase of sorption capacity by up to 42%. Thus, physical sorption represents a feasible option for CO2 storage in underground gasification cavities. PMID:21210659

  3. Investigation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons from coal gasification.

    PubMed

    Zhou, Hong-cang; Jin, Bao-sheng; Zhong, Zhao-ping; Huang, Ya-ji; Xiao, Rui; Li, Da-ji

    2005-01-01

    The hazardous organic pollutants generated from coal gasification, such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons(PAHs), are highly mutagenic and carcinogenic. More researchers have paid particular attention to them. Using air and steam as gasification medium, the experiments of three kinds of coals were carried out in a bench-scale atmospheric fluidized bed gasifier. The contents of the 16 PAHs specified by US EPA in raw coal, slag, bag house coke, cyclone coke and gas were measured by HPLC to study the contents of PAHs in raw coal and the effects of the inherent characters of coals on the formation and release of PAHs in coal gasification. The experimental results showed that the distributions of PAHs in the gasified products are similar to raw coals and the total-PAHs content in coal gasification is higher than in raw coal(except Coal C). The total-PAHs contents increase and then decrease with the rise of fixed carbon and sulfur of coal while there has an opposite variation when volatile matters content increase. The quantities of PAHs reduce with the increase of ash content or the drop of heating value during coal gasification. PMID:15900777

  4. Groundwater Management During Intermediate-to-Deep Underground Coal Gasification

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Shaun Lavis; Edward Stanley; Marc Mostade; Matthew Turner

    2010-01-01

    Underground coal gasification (UCG) is a safe, economic way to extract energy from coal with significant environmental benefits compared with other coal-based energy production methods. However, in the wrong hands, UCG can adversely impact groundwater systems in two ways: 1) by contamination with inorganic and organic compounds; and 2) groundwater depletion. The hydrogeological conditions of UCG are highly site-specific and

  5. POLLUTANTS FROM SYNTHETIC FUELS PRODUCTION: COAL GASIFICATION SCREENING TEST RESULTS

    EPA Science Inventory

    Coal gasification test runs have been conducted in a semibatch, fixed-bed laboratory gasifier in order to evaluate various coals and operating conditions for pollutant generation. Thirty-eight tests have been completed using char, coal, lignite, and peat. Extensive analyses were ...

  6. Process for the fluid bed gasification of agglomerating coals

    Microsoft Academic Search

    E. L. Wilson; W. N. Mitchell; H. E. von Rosenberg

    1976-01-01

    Feed coal particles are mixed with fine particles of devolatilized carbonaceous material having an average particle diameter less than about 25 percent of that of the coal and then injected into a high temperature fluidized bed gasification zone. The devolatilized material adheres to the coal particles as they soften and forms a nonsticky coating which hinders the formation of large

  7. LLNL Capabilities in Underground Coal Gasification

    SciTech Connect

    Friedmann, S J; Burton, E; Upadhye, R

    2006-06-07

    Underground coal gasification (UCG) has received renewed interest as a potential technology for producing hydrogen at a competitive price particularly in Europe and China. The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) played a leading role in this field and continues to do so. It conducted UCG field tests in the nineteen-seventies and -eighties resulting in a number of publications culminating in a UCG model published in 1989. LLNL successfully employed the ''Controlled Retraction Injection Point'' (CRIP) method in some of the Rocky Mountain field tests near Hanna, Wyoming. This method, shown schematically in Fig.1, uses a horizontally-drilled lined injection well where the lining can be penetrated at different locations for injection of the O{sub 2}/steam mixture. The cavity in the coal seam therefore gets longer as the injection point is retracted as well as wider due to reaction of the coal wall with the hot gases. Rubble generated from the collapsing wall is an important mechanism studied by Britten and Thorsness.

  8. Underground coal gasification: status and proposed program

    SciTech Connect

    Stephens, D.R.; Hill, R.W.; Borg, I.Y.

    1984-08-13

    Technical uncertainties remaining in the UCG technology include specific criteria for site selection, large-scale burn interactions, details of process control, multiple well operation, overall system reliability, subsidence, and water quality effects. Considerable effort has been expended on understanding and controlling the process, on predicting and mitigating subsidence, and on maintaining water quality. Some data are available on site acceptability, but as yet information from large-scale field tests are not in the public domain. Commercialization of UCG will not be possible until such data become available. A program plan to commercialize UCG in an orderly, paced manner has been developed. The program would cost $200 million over seven years, some of which could be cost-shared with industry. The proposed program includes development of a more detailed program plan. The laboratory component of the program, although only a small fraction of the budget, is crucial. It contains environmental research, modeling, experimental studies, economic and system studies, instrumentation development, and materials studies. The field component includes UCG of both flat and steeply dipping coal beds as well as of less tractable bituminous coal. The field projects involve development of criteria for site selection and characterization, large block tests in bituminous coal, simple, small-scale field tests, subsequent more complex and longer-running tests, and finally large scale, or pilot tests. Steam-oxygen gasification would probably be used. 48 references, 11 figures, 6 tables.

  9. Modeling and simulation of self-gasification of coal

    SciTech Connect

    Chang, H.L.; Edgar, T.F.; Himmelblau, D.M.

    1985-01-01

    Self-gasification of coal is an important factor in underground coal gasification (UCG). Self-gasification occurs within the coal near the walls of a UCG cavity and thus has some influence on cavity growth. A model of self-gasification has been developed as part of a code to predict sweep efficiency in UCG. In this model the porous coal seam is divided into five zones (layers): ash, pyrolysis/gasification, drying, wet coal, and undisturbed coal. Four gas-char reactions, the water gas shift reaction, and four pyrolysis reactions are considered, using H/sub 2/O, CO, CO/sub 2/, H/sub 2/, and CH/sub 4/ as the principal gas constituents. Twelve ordinary differential equations comprising the model must be solved during simulation; this is done using a stiff equation integrator developed at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory (LSODES). Of primary interest in the simulations is the effect of moisture influx on the consumption of coal. Comparison of predictions by the model with laboratory and field data shows that self-gasification contributes most of the cavity growth in the reduction zone but is insufficient to predict growth rates in the oxidation zone (near the injection well).

  10. Biological treatment of underground coal gasification wastewaters

    SciTech Connect

    Bryant, C.W. Jr.; Humenick, M.J.; Cawein, C.C.; Nolan, B.T. III

    1985-05-01

    Biotreatability studies using underground coal gasification (UCG) wastewaters were performed by the University of Arizona and the University of Wyoming. The University of Arizona researchers found that UCG condensate could be effectively treated by activated sludge, using feed wastewaters of up to 50% strength. Total organic carbon (TOC) and chemical oxygen demand (COD) removals approached 90% during this research. The University of Wyoming researchers found that solvent extraction and hot-gas stripping were effective pretreatments for undiluted UCG condensate and that addition of powdered activated carbon enhanced the biotreatment process. TOC and COD removals resulting from the combination of pretreatments and biotreatment were 91% and 95%, respectively. The yield, decay, and substrate removal rate coefficients were greater in the University of Wyoming study than in the University of Arizona study. This was possibly caused by removing bioinhibitory substances, such as ammonia, with pretreatment. 18 refs., 25 figs., 6 tabs.

  11. INITIAL ENVIRONMENTAL TEST PLAN FOR SOURCE ASSESSMENT OF COAL GASIFICATION

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report describes an initial source assessment environmental test plan, developed to investigate the fate of various constituents during coal gasification. The plan is an approach to the problems associated with sampling point selection, sample collection, and sample analysis ...

  12. The suitability of coal gasification in India's energy sector

    E-print Network

    Simpson, Lori Allison

    2006-01-01

    Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC), an advanced coal-based power generation technology, may be an important technology to help India meet its future power needs. It has the potential to provide higher generating ...

  13. Current experiences in applied underground coal gasification

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Peters, Justyn

    2010-05-01

    The world is experiencing greater stress on its ability to mine and exploit energy resources such as coal, through traditional mining methods. The resources available by extraction from traditional mining methods will have a finite time and quantity. In addition, the high quality coals available are becoming more difficult to find substantially increasing exploration costs. Subsequently, new methods of extraction are being considered to improve the ability to unlock the energy from deep coals and improve the efficiency of the exploitation of the resources while also considering the mitigation of global warming. Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) is a leading commercial technology that is able to maximize the exploitation of the deep coal through extraction of the coal as a syngas (CO and H2) in situ. The syngas is then brought to the surface and efficiently utilized in any of combined cycle power generation, liquid hydrocarbon transport fuel production, fertilizer production or polymer production. Commercial UCG has been successfully operating for more than 50 years at the Yerostigaz facility in Angren, Uzbekistan. Yerostigaz is the only remaining UCG site in the former Soviet Union. Linc Energy currently owns 91.6% of this facility. UCG produces a high quality synthetic gas (syngas), containing carbon monoxide, hydrogen and methane. UCG produced syngas can be economically used for a variety of purposes, including: the production of liquid fuels when combined with Gas to Liquids (GTL) technology power generation in gas turbine combined cycle power stations a feedstock for different petrochemical processes, for example producing chemicals or other gases such as hydrogen, methane, ammonia, methanol and dimethyl ether Linc Energy has proven the combined use of UCG to Gas to Liquids (GTL) technologies. UCG to GTL technologies have the ability to provide energy alternatives to address increasing global demand for energy products. With these technologies, Linc Energy is set to become the leading producer of cleaner liquid fuels and other associated products. UCG has now been developed to a point where the commercialisation of the process is no longer questioned, the economics of the process are compelling, and is now seen as a method that resolves energy security for countries that have access to deep coal previously thought to have no economic value.

  14. Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Coal Gasification Power Generation Systems

    Microsoft Academic Search

    John A. Ruether; Massood Ramezan; Peter C. Balash

    2004-01-01

    Life cycle assessments (LCA) of coal gasification-based electricity generation technologies for emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG), principally CO2, are computed. Two approaches for computing LCAs are compared for construction and operation of integrated coal gasification combined cycle (IGCC) plants: a traditional process-based approach, and one based on economic input-output analysis named Economic Input-Output Life Cycle Assessment (EIO-LCA). It is shown

  15. Influence of pressure on coal pyrolysis and char gasification

    SciTech Connect

    Haiping Yang; Hanping Chen; Fudong Ju; Rong Yan; Shihong Zhang [Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan (China). State Key Laboratory of Coal Combustion

    2007-12-15

    Coal char structure varied greatly with pyrolysis pressure, which has a significant influence on the gasification reactivity. In this study, the influence of pressure on the behavior of coal pyrolysis and physicochemical structure and gasification characteristics of the resultant coal char was investigated using a pressurized thermogravimetric analyzer combined with an ambient thermogravimetric analyzer. First, the pyrolysis of Shenfu (SF) bituminous coal was performed in a pressurized thermogravimetric analyzer (TGA) at different pressures (0.1, 0.8, 1.5, 3, and 5 MPa). The volatile mainly evolved out at 400-800{sup o}C. The gas products are mainly CO{sub 2}, CO, CH{sub 4}, and light aliphatics with some water. It was observed that the pyrolysis of coal was shifted to lower temperature (50{sup o}C) with pressure increasing from ambient to 5 MPa, and the devolatilization rate of coal pyrolysis was decreased and the coal char yield was increased slightly. The structure of solid coal char was analyzed using FTIR, ASAP2020, and CNHS. In the solid char, the main organic functional groups are mainly CO, C-C (alkane), C-H ar, C-O-C, and C=C ar. The carbon content was increased while H content decreased. Finally, the gasification of the solid char was preformed at ambient pressure with CO{sub 2} as gasify agent. The gasification process of coal char can be divided into postpyrolysis and char gasification. Higher pressure accelerated the initial stage of char gasification, and higher gasification reactivity was observed for char derived at 5 MPa. 23 refs., 8 figs., 5 tabs.

  16. Environmental impacts of underground coal gasification

    SciTech Connect

    Murray, W.A.

    1982-09-01

    Investigations of underground coal gasification (UCG) have been actively pursued by the U.S. Department of Energy since the early 1970s; the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) conducted its first field experiment in 1976. In conjunction with field and laboratory studies of the process of recovering energy in the form of combustible gases from the burning of coal deposits in situ, an extensive environmental program has been conducted at LLNL under the auspices of both the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This program has focused on groundwater contamination and ground surface subsidence caused by UCG. The material presented in this paper is a summary of results from the environmental studies of UCG activities conducted by LLNL as described by Mead, et al. (1981) and supplemented by the author's experience with this program in 1980 and 1981. The following sections describe specific groundwater contamination and surface subsidence problems encountered during field experiments in northeastern Wyoming, and will discuss implications of preliminary findings from geohydrological investigations of a site in southwestern Washington. Finally, possible environmental control technologies that are most likely to be effective in mitigating environmental impacts are discussed.

  17. The effects of gas-turbine characteristics on integrated gasification combined-cycle power-plant performance

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Johnson

    1990-01-01

    This study examines how gas turbine specifications affect the performance of Integrated Gasification Combined-Cycle (IGCC) power plants. Three gas turbines characterized as current, advanced, and future technology machines (with turbine firing temperatures of 1985 F, 2300 F, and 2500 F, respectively) were simulated in computer models of IGCC plants based on Texaco coal gasification technology. A gas turbine modeling procedure

  18. Start-up method for coal gasification plant

    SciTech Connect

    Farnia, K.; Petit, P.J.

    1983-04-05

    A method is disclosed for initiating operation of a coal gasification plant which includes a gasification reactor and gas cleansing apparatus fabricated in part from materials susceptible to chloride induced stress corrosion cracking the presence of oxygen. The reactor is preheated by combusting a stoichiometric mixture of air and fuel to produce an exhaust gas which is then diluted with steam to produce product gas which contains essentially no free oxygen. The product gas heats the reactor to a temperature profile necessary to maintain autothermic operation of the gasification process while maintaining air oxygen-free environment within the plant apparatus while chlorine is liberated from coal being gasified.

  19. Underground coal gasification in the bituminous coal resource

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1984-03-01

    The goal of the US Department of Energy (DOE) Underground Coal Conversion Program is to develop technology to produce clean fuels from coal deposits that are unsuitable for commercial mining. DOE's strategy is to remove the high-risk elements of UCG by resolving technical, environmental, and economic uncertainties. This will enable industry to assume responsibility for commercialization of the technology. Thus, the elements of the program have been designed to: provide detailed design and operational data that industry can use to scale-up with confidence; provide accurate and complete cost estimates that will allow comparison between alternative processes; provide detailed environmental impact and control data to allow industry to implement projects that will meet applicable standards; verify the reliability of continuous operation of UCG processes; and show that UCG processes have the flexibility to meet a variety of commercial needs. The Underground Coal Conversion Program has successfully demonstrated the technical feasibility of UCG for subbituminous coals through a series of 13 federally sponsored UCG field tests. These tests have demonstrated both air and steam-oxygen injection, reverse combustion and directional borehole drilling to link process wells, and continuous operation for sufficiently long time periods (30 to 60 days) at high enough gasification rates (30 to 100 tons per day) to provide a good technical data base. A number of mathematical models have been developed and compared with field results to provide predictive capability. The need for extensive pre-operational site characterization has been demonstrated. 72 references, 5 figures.

  20. Possibility of accelerating coal combustion in underground coal gasification

    SciTech Connect

    Myasnikov, A.A.; Lazarenko, S.N.; Presler, L.V. [Institute of Coal, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation)

    1995-07-01

    The rate of chemical reactions in combustion in underground coal gasification (UCG) is a major factor governing the quality of the product obtained and the techno-economic indices of the process. Controlling combustion rate may be one way of improving the quality of the gas produced. For instance, accelerated combustion raises the heat of gas combustion. In turn, the coal combustion rate in UCG depends on a multitude of factors, one of which is the technological characteristics of the blast delivered to the combustion center. Raising such parameters of the blast flow as the volume of the blast delivered to the underground gas generator, the pressure, and the flow rate may have a salutary effect on the coal combustion rate, but this is fraught with certain technical difficulties, and, moreover, has an adverse effect on the cost of the product obtained. In this situation it should be more effective artificially change the aerodynamic structure of the blast flow moving through the underground gas generator channel and to impart to it higher turbulence characteristics. According to current scientific concepts, blast flow to a coal bed can be considered as mass transfer of a scalar substance by a moving flow (convective transfer) in an area of developed turbulent diffusion.

  1. Underground coal gasification: a brief review of current status

    SciTech Connect

    Shafirovich, E.; Varma, A. [Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (United States). School of Chemical Engineering

    2009-09-15

    Coal gasification is a promising option for the future use of coal. Similarly to gasification in industrial reactors, underground coal gasification (UCG) produces syngas, which can be used for power generation or for the production of liquid hydrocarbon fuels and other valuable chemical products. As compared with conventional mining and surface gasification, UCG promises lower capital/operating costs and also has other advantages, such as no human labor underground. In addition, UCG has the potential to be linked with carbon capture and sequestration. The increasing demand for energy, depletion of oil and gas resources, and threat of global climate change lead to growing interest in UCG throughout the world. In this article, we review the current status of this technology, focusing on recent developments in various countries.

  2. Utilisation of Malaysian Coal: Merit Pila in the Gasification System

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Othman, Nor Fadzilah; Bosrooh, Mohd Hariffin; Majid, Kamsani Abdul

    2011-06-01

    Gasification is the most efficient Clean Coal Technology. Gasification of Merit Pila coal had been studied in a laboratory-scale, atmospheric fluidized bed gasifier using air and air-steam as fluidizing agent. Merit Pila coal was chosen for the gasification study because of its high reactivity in nitrogen. Determination of the producer gas compositions were conducted using Gas Chromatography. Gasification experiments were conducted at bed temperature of 650-800 °C, different equivalence ratios, ER and different bed heights. Low heating value, LHVpg of the producer gas were in the range of 2.0-5.5 MJ/Nm3. Introduction of steam as the gasifying agents had shown significant increased of CO, CH4 and H2 contents in producer gas. LHV also increased about 35% with the presence of steam.

  3. Solar coal gasification reactor with pyrolysis gas recycle

    DOEpatents

    Aiman, William R. (Livermore, CA); Gregg, David W. (Morago, CA)

    1983-01-01

    Coal (or other carbonaceous matter, such as biomass) is converted into a duct gas that is substantially free from hydrocarbons. The coal is fed into a solar reactor (10), and solar energy (20) is directed into the reactor onto coal char, creating a gasification front (16) and a pyrolysis front (12). A gasification zone (32) is produced well above the coal level within the reactor. A pyrolysis zone (34) is produced immediately above the coal level. Steam (18), injected into the reactor adjacent to the gasification zone (32), reacts with char to generate product gases. Solar energy supplies the energy for the endothermic steam-char reaction. The hot product gases (38) flow from the gasification zone (32) to the pyrolysis zone (34) to generate hot char. Gases (38) are withdrawn from the pyrolysis zone (34) and reinjected into the region of the reactor adjacent the gasification zone (32). This eliminates hydrocarbons in the gas by steam reformation on the hot char. The product gas (14) is withdrawn from a region of the reactor between the gasification zone (32) and the pyrolysis zone (34). The product gas will be free of tar and other hydrocarbons, and thus be suitable for use in many processes.

  4. Fixed-bed gasification research using US coals. Volume 8. Gasification of River King Illinois No. 6 bituminous coal

    SciTech Connect

    Thimsen, D.; Maurer, R.E.; Pooler, A.R.; Pui, D.; Liu, B.; Kittelson, D.

    1985-05-01

    A single-staged, fixed-bed Wellman-Galusha gasifier coupled with a hot, raw gas combustion system and scrubber has been used to gasify numerous coals from throughout the United States. The gasification test program is organized as a cooperative effort by private industrial participants and governmental agencies. The consortium of participants is organized under the Mining and Industrial Fuel Gas (MIFGa) Group. This report is the eighth volume in a series of reports describing the atmospheric pressure, fixed-bed gasification of US coals. This specific report describes the gasification of River King Illinois No. 6 bituminous coal. The period of gasification test was July 28 to August 19, 1983. 6 refs., 23 figs., 25 tabs.

  5. Variation of the pore structure of coal chars during gasification

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Bo Feng; Suresh K. Bhatia

    2003-01-01

    The variation of the pore structure of several coal chars during gasification in air and carbon dioxide was studied by argon adsorption at 87 K and CO2 adsorption at 273 K. It is found that the surface area and volume of the small pores (<10 Å) do not change with carbon conversion when the coal char is gasified in air,

  6. Hydrogen manufacture by Lurgi gasification of Oklahoma coal

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1975-01-01

    Advantages and disadvantages of using the Lurgi gasification process to produce hydrogen from Oklahoma coal are listed. Special attention was given to the production of heat for the process; heat is generated by burning part of pretreated coal in the steam generator. Overall performance of the Lurgi process is summarized in tabular form.

  7. Pressurized pyrolysis and gasification of Chinese typical coal samples

    SciTech Connect

    Hanping Chen; Zhiwu Luo; Haiping Yang; Fudong Ju; Shihong Zhang [Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan (China). State Key Laboratory of Coal Combustion

    2008-03-15

    This paper aims to understand the pyrolysis and gasification behavior of different Chinese coal samples at different pressures. First, the pyrolysis of four typical Chinese coals samples (Xiaolongtan brown coal, Shenfu bituminous coal, Pingzhai anthracite coal, and Heshan lean coal) were carried out using a pressurized thermogravimetric analyzer at ambient pressure and 3 MPa, respectively. The surface structure and elemental component of the resultant char were measured with an automated gas adsorption apparatus and element analyzer. It was observed that higher pressure suppressed the primary pyrolysis, while the secondary pyrolysis of coal particles was promoted. With respect to the resultant solid char, the carbon content increased while H content decreased; however, the pore structure varied greatly with increasing pressure for different coal samples. For Xiaolongtan brown coal (XLT) char, it decreased greatly, while it increased obviously for the other three char types. Then, the isothermal gasification behavior of solid char particles was investigated using an ambient thermal analyzer with CO{sub 2} as the gasifying agent at 1000{sup o}C. The gasification reactivity of solid char was decreased greatly with increasing pyrolysis pressure. However, the extent of change displayed a vital relation with the characteristics of the original coal sample. 26 refs., 5 figs., 5 tabs.

  8. Innovative coal gasification system with high temperature air

    SciTech Connect

    Yoshikawa, K. [Tokyo Inst. of Tech., Yokohama (Japan). Dept. of Environmental Physics and Engineering; Katsushima, H.; Kasahara, M.; Hasegawa, T.; Tanaka, R. [Nippon Furnace Kogyo, Yokohama (Japan); Ootsuka, T. [Electric Power Development Co. Ltd., Tokyo (Japan)

    1997-12-31

    This paper proposes innovative coal gasification power generation systems where coal is gasified with high temperature air of about 1300K produced by gasified coal fuel gas. The main features of these systems are high thermal efficiency, low NO{sub x} emission, compact desulfurization and dust removal equipment and high efficiency molten slag removal with a very compact gasifier. Recent experimental results on the pebble bed coal gasifier appropriate for high temperature air coal gasification are reported, where 97.7% of coal ash is successfully caught in the pebble bed and extracted without clogging. A new concept of high temperature air preheating system is proposed which is characterized by its high reliability and low cost.

  9. Comparison of intergrated coal gasification combined cycle power plants with current and advanced gas turbines

    SciTech Connect

    Banda, B.M.; Evans, T.F.; McCone, A.I.; Westisik, J.H.

    1984-08-01

    Two recent conceptual design studies examined ''grass roots'' integrated gasification-combined cycle (IGCC) plants for the Albany Station site of Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation. One of these studies was based on the Texaco Gasifier and the other was developed around the British Gas Co.-Lurgi slagging gasifier. Both gasifiers were operated in the ''oxygen-blown'' mode, producing medium Btu fuel gas. The studies also evaluated plant performance with both current and advanced gas turbines. Coalto-busbar efficiencies of approximately 35 percent were calculated for Texaco IGCC plants using current technology gas turbines. Efficiencies of approximately 39 percent were obtained for the same plant when using advanced technology gas turbines.

  10. Membrane air separation for intensification of coal gasification process

    Microsoft Academic Search

    A. A Belyaev; Yu. P Yampolskii; L. E Starannikova; A. M Polyakov; G Clarizia; E Drioli; G Marigliano; G Barbieri

    2003-01-01

    High-ash and other low-quality coals are available in huge quantities in Russia and in other East European countries. Similar solid fuels can also be obtained as by-product of the enrichment process of coal. The aim of this work is the analysis of the possibility to use such low-quality coals as alternative energy sources in fluidised bed gasification process. In order

  11. Fixed-bed gasification research using US coals. Volume 6. Gasification of delayed petroleum coke

    SciTech Connect

    Thimsen, D.; Maurer, R.E.; Pooler, A.R.; Pui, D.; Liu, B.; Kittelson, D.

    1985-05-01

    A single-staged, fixed-bed Wellman-Galusha gasifier coupled with a hot, raw gas combustion system and scrubber has been used to gasify numerous coals from throughout the United States. The gasification test program is organized as a cooperative effort by private industrial participants and governmental agencies. The consortium of participants is organized under the Mining and Industrial Fuel Gas (MIFGa) Group. This report is the sixth volume in a series of reports describing the atmospheric pressure, fixed-bed gasification of US coals. This specific report describes the gasification of delayed petroleum coke from Pine Bend, MN. The period of the gasification test was June 1-17, 1983. 2 refs., 15 figs., 22 tabs.

  12. Co-gasification behavior of meat and bone meal char and coal char

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Haijun Ren; Yongqi Zhang; Yitian Fang; Yang Wang

    2011-01-01

    The co-gasification behavior of meat and bone meal (MBM) char and two types of coal (Jincheng anthracite (JC) and Huolinhe lignite (HLH)) char was investigated using a thermogravimetric analyzer (TGA). The effects of coal type, mineral matter in MBM, gasification temperatures and contacting conditions between MBM char and coal char on the gasification behavior were studied. The results show that

  13. Study of factors affecting syngas quality and their interactions in fluidized bed gasification of lignite coal

    E-print Network

    Spiteri, Raymond J.

    gas emissions from coal-fired power plants has led to renewed interest in gasification as a clean-coal with the Canada's Clean Coal Technology Roadmap [2] and CO2 Capture and Storage Technology Roadmap [3], clean coal

  14. Development program to support industrial coal gasification. Quarterly report 1

    SciTech Connect

    None

    1982-01-15

    The Development Program to Support Industrial Coal Gasification is on schedule. The efforts have centered on collecting background information and data, planning, and getting the experimental program underway. The three principal objectives in Task I-A were accomplished. The technical literature was reviewed, the coals and binders to be employed were selected, and tests and testing equipment to be used in evaluating agglomerates were developed. The entire Erie Mining facility design was reviewed and a large portion of the fluidized-bed coal gasification plant design was completed. Much of the work in Task I will be experimental. Wafer-briquette and roll-briquette screening tests will be performed. In Task II, work on the fluidized-bed gasification plant design will be completed and work on a plant design involving entrained-flow gasifiers will be initiated.

  15. Natural pyrometamorphism: relevance to underground coal gasification

    SciTech Connect

    Daly, D.J.; Stevenson, R.F.; McCarthy, G.J.

    1988-07-01

    Although 28 underground coal gasification (UCG) tests have been conducted since the early 1970s in the US, only limited information is available concerning the nature and formation of high-temperature, low-pressure alteration products in adjacent noncoal geologic materials - information basic to the evaluation of key process and environmental questions. A comprehensive literature search, conducted as part of the Gas Research Institute's program to develop an understanding of UCG-related thermal effects, was initiated to determine the relevance of natural fuel-combustion products and events to UCG. Natural fuel-combustion events, typically associated with high-volatile fuel deposits, are confined to the unsaturated zone and require oxygen, typically supplied from the surface through fractures, for combustion. Noncoal materials overlying the burn undergo physical and mineralogical alteration through pyrometamorphism, a type of metamorphism characterized by elevated temperatures, low pressures (up to a few atmospheres), and essentially anhydrous conditions. With increasing temperatures, materials undergo calcination (decarbonation, oxidation, and dehydration), sintering, and fusion. Although differences in setting and reaction dynamics exist between UCG and natural fuel-combustion pyrometamorphism (e.g., UCG is typically conducted under saturated conditions at depths of a few hundred feet and combustion rates are generally higher and more uniform), the character of the UCG alteration products is similar to that found in nature. Such deposits, therefore, represent an important source of data for the development of predictive models for cavity growth, development, and stability; geothermometry of the process; and the potential for adverse impacts on ground water flow and quality.

  16. Dry coal feeder development program at Ingersoll-Rand Research, Incorporated. [for coal gasification systems

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Mistry, D. K.; Chen, T. N.

    1977-01-01

    A dry coal screw feeder for feeding coal into coal gasification reactors operating at pressures up to 1500 psig is described. Results on the feeder under several different modes of operation are presented. In addition, three piston feeder concepts and their technical and economical merits are discussed.

  17. Fixed-bed gasification research using US coals. Volume 17. Gasification and liquids recovery of four US coals

    SciTech Connect

    Thimsen, D.; Maurer, R.E.; Pooler, A.R.; Pui, D.; Liu, B.; Kittelson, D.

    1985-12-01

    A single-staged, fixed-bed Wellman-Galusha gasifier coupled with a hot, raw gas combustion system and scrubber has been used to gasify numerous coals from throughout the United States. The gasification test program is organized as a cooperative effort by private industrial participants and government agencies. The consortium of participants is organized under the Mining and Industrial Fuel Gas (MIFGa) group. This report is the seventeenth in a series of reports describing the atmospheric pressure, fixed-bed gasification of US coals. This report describes the gasification and pyrolysis liquids recovery test for four different coals: Illinois No. 6, SUFCO, Indianhead lignite, and Hiawatha. This test series spanned from July 15, 1985, through July 28, 1985. 4 refs., 16 figs., 19 tabs.

  18. Coalbed methane production enhancement by underground coal gasification

    SciTech Connect

    Hettema, M.H.H.; Wolf, K.H.A.A.; Neumann, B.V.

    1997-12-31

    The sub-surface of the Netherlands is generally underlain by coal-bearing Carboniferous strata at greater depths (at many places over 1,500 m). These coal seams are generally thinner than 3 meter, occur in groups (5--15) within several hundred meters and are often fairly continuous over many square kilometers. In many cases they have endured complex burial history, influencing their methane saturation. In certain particular geological settings, a high, maximum coalbed methane saturation, may be expected. Carboniferous/Permian coals in the Tianjin-region (China) show many similarities concerning geological settings, rank and composition. Economical coalbed methane production at greater depths is often obstructed by the (very) low permeabilities of the coal seams as with increasing depth the deformation of the coal reduces both its macro-porosity (the cleat system) and microporosity. Experiments in abandoned underground mines, as well as after underground coal gasification tests indicate ways to improve the prospects for coalbed methane production in originally tight coal reservoirs. High permeability areas can be created by the application of underground coal gasification of one of the coal seams of a multi-seam cycle with some 200 meter of coal bearing strata. The gasification of one of the coal seams transforms that seam over a certain area into a highly permeable bed, consisting of coal residues, ash and (thermally altered) roof rubble. Additionally, roof collapse and subsidence will destabilize the overburden. In conjunction this will permit a better coalbed methane production from the remaining surrounding parts of the coal seams. Moreover, the effects of subsidence will influence the stress patterns around the gasified seam and this improves the permeability over certain distances in the coal seams above and below. In this paper the effects of the combined underground coal gasification and coalbed methane production technique are regarded for a single injection well. Known geotechnical aspects are combined with results from laboratory experiments on compaction of thermally treated rubble. An axi-symmetric numerical model is used to determine the effects induced by the gasified coal seam. The calculation includes the rubble formation, rubble compaction and induced stress effects in the overlying strata. Subsequently the stress effects are related to changes in coal permeability, based on experimental results of McKee et al.

  19. Modeling of contaminant transport in underground coal gasification

    SciTech Connect

    Lanhe Yang; Xing Zhang [China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou (China). College of Resources and Geosciences

    2009-01-15

    In order to study and discuss the impact of contaminants produced from underground coal gasification on groundwater, a coupled seepage-thermodynamics-transport model for underground gasification was developed on the basis of mass and energy conservation and pollutant-transport mechanisms, the mathematical model was solved by the upstream weighted multisell balance method, and the model was calibrated and verified against the experimental site data. The experiment showed that because of the effects of temperature on the surrounding rock of the gasification panel the measured pore-water-pressure was higher than the simulated one; except for in the high temperature zone where the simulation errors of temperature, pore water pressure, and contaminant concentration were relatively high, the simulation values of the overall gasification panel were well fitted with the measured values. As the gasification experiment progressed, the influence range of temperature field expanded, the gradient of groundwater pressure decreased, and the migration velocity of pollutant increased. Eleven months and twenty months after the test, the differences between maximum and minimum water pressure were 2.4 and 1.8 MPa, respectively, and the migration velocities of contaminants were 0.24-0.38 m/d and 0.27-0.46 m/d, respectively. It was concluded that the numerical simulation of the transport process for pollutants from underground coal gasification was valid. 42 refs., 13 figs., 1 tab.

  20. Large-block experiments in underground coal gasification

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1982-11-01

    A major objective of the nation's energy program is to develop processes for cleanly producing fuels from coal. One of the more promising of these is underground coal gasification (UCG). If successful, UCG would quadruple recoverable U.S. coal reserves. Under the sponsorship of the Department of Energy (DOE), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) performed an early series of UCG field experiments from 1976 through 1979. The Hoe Creek series of tests were designed to develop the basic technology of UCG at low cost. The experiments were conducted in a 7.6-m thick subbituminous coal seam at a relatively shallow depth of 48 m at a site near Gillette, Wyoming. On the basis of the Hoe Creek results, more extensive field experiments were designed to establish the feasibility of UCG for commercial gas production under a variety of gasification conditions. Concepts and practices in UCG are described, and results of the field tests are summarized.

  1. Highly active catalysts from inexpensive raw materials for coal gasification

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Yasuo Ohtsuka; Kenji Asami

    1997-01-01

    The present review article focuses on novel methods of converting inexpensive raw materials to active catalysts for low-temperature coal gasification, which can produce clean fuels and valuable feedstock with high thermal efficiency. Precipitation methods using NH3, urea, and Ca(OH)2 make it possible to prepare active, Cl-free iron catalysts on brown coals from an aqueous solution of FeCl3 as the major

  2. An improved model for fixed bed coal combustion and gasification

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Predrag T. Radulovic; M. Usman Ghani; L. Douglas Smoot

    1995-01-01

    An improved one-dimensional model for countercurrent oxidation and gasification of coal in fixed or slowly moving beds has been developed. The model incorporates an advanced devolatilization submodel that can predict the evolution rates and the yields of individual gas species and tar. A split, back-and-forth, shooting method is implemented to satisfy exactly the boundary conditions for both the feed coal

  3. Gasification of New Zealand coals: a comparative simulation study

    SciTech Connect

    Smitha V. Nathen; Robert D. Kirkpatrick; Brent R. Young [University of Auckland, Auckland (New Zealand). Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering

    2008-07-15

    The aim of this study was to conduct a preliminary feasibility assessment of gasification of New Zealand (NZ) lignite and sub-bituminous coals, using a commercial simulation tool. Gasification of these coals was simulated in an integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) application and associated preliminary economics compared. A simple method of coal characterization was developed for simulation purposes. The carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen content of the coal was represented by a three component vapor solid system of carbon, methane, and water, the composition of which was derived from proximate analysis data on fixed carbon and volatile matter, and the gross calorific value, both on a dry, ash free basis. The gasification process was modeled using Gibb's free energy minimization. Data from the U.S. Department of Energy's Shell Gasifier base cases using Illinios No. 6 coal was used to verify both the gasifier and the IGCC flowsheet models. The H:C and O:C ratios of the NZ coals were adjusted until the simulated gasifier output composition and temperature matched the values with the base case. The IGCC power output and other key operating variables such as gas turbine inlet and exhaust temperatures were kept constant for study of comparative economics. The results indicated that 16% more lignite than sub-bituminous coal was required. This translated into the requirement of a larger gasifier and air separation unit, but smaller gas and steam turbines were required. The gasifier was the largest sole contributor (30%) to the estimated capital cost of the IGCC plant. The overall cost differential associated with the processing of lignite versus processing sub-bituminous coal was estimated to be of the order of NZ $0.8/tonne. 13 refs., 9 tabs.

  4. Thermophysical models of underground coal gasification and FEM analysis

    SciTech Connect

    Yang, L.H. [China University of Mining & Technology, Xuzhou (China)

    2007-11-15

    In this study, mathematical models of the coupled thermohydromechanical process of coal rock mass in an underground coal gasification panel are established. Combined with the calculation example, the influence of heating effects on the observed values and simulated values for pore water pressure, stress, and displacement in the gasification panel are fully discussed and analyzed. Calculation results indicate that 38, 62, and 96 days after the experiment, the average relative errors for the calculated values and measured values for the temperature and water pressure were between 8.51-11.14% and 3-10%, respectively; with the passage of gasification time, the calculated errors for the vertical stress and horizontal stress gradually declined, but the simulated errors for the horizontal and vertical displacements both showed a rising trend. On the basis of the research results, the calculated values and the measured values agree with each other very well.

  5. Results from the third LLL underground coal gasification experiment at Hoe Creek

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. W. Hill; C. B. Thorsness; R. J. Cena; W. R. Aiman; D. R. Stephens

    1980-01-01

    A major objective of the US Energy Program is the development of processes to produce clean fuels from coal. Underground coal gasification is one of the most promising of these processes. If successful, underground coal gasification (UCG) would quadruple the proven reserves of the US coal. Cost for products produced from UCG are projected to be 65 to 75% of

  6. Natural restoration of ground water in UCG. [Underground coal gasification

    Microsoft Academic Search

    M. J. Humenick; L. N. Britton; C. F. Mattox

    1982-01-01

    Data collected after underground coal-gasification field tests indicated that the concentrations of organic contaminants in the ground water decrease with time, apparently due to two natural processes - adsorption and biological degradation. Batch isotherm tests of the adsorption mechanism showed that 1) low-molecular-weight phenolic materials (the most prevalent contaminants) are the least likely to be adsorbed from the ground water,

  7. Underground Coal Gasification Program: FY84 annual report

    Microsoft Academic Search

    1985-01-01

    As part of the Department of Energy's Underground Coal Gasification research program, activities at Sandia National Laboratories during FY84 have included cornering water jet drill development, subsidence and cavity growth modeling in support of the Tono PSC field experiments, field testing of the CSAMT remote monitoring technique, and laboratory experimentation and site characterization planning in support of the Eastern bituminous

  8. Utilization of chemical looping strategy in coal gasification processes

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Liangshih Fan; Fanxing Li; Shwetha Ramkumar

    2008-01-01

    Three chemical looping gasification processes, i.e. Syngas Chemical Looping (SCL) process, Coal Direct Chemical Looping (CDCL) process, and Calcium Looping process (CLP), are being developed at the Ohio State University (OSU). These processes utilize simple reaction schemes to convert carbonaceous fuels into products such as hydrogen, electricity, and synthetic fuels through the transformation of a highly reactive, highly recyclable chemical

  9. Biotreatment of UCG waste water condensate. [Underground coal gasification

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Humenick

    1984-01-01

    The process of underground coal gasification generates a waste water stream during the cooling and processing of the product gas. The character of the UCG condensate is similar to that produced by surface gasifiers, although there are some differences. The treatment options studied in this laboratory project were activated sludge treatment of raw condensate, activated sludge treatment of stripped condensate,

  10. Coal gasification in a large underground gasifier: Process efficiency

    SciTech Connect

    Blinderman, M.S.

    1997-12-31

    The process of Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) in a large, commercial scale, underground gasifier is considered both from theoretical and practical points of view. Such a gasifier may comprise a number of gasification channels in the coal seam where the actual coal-to-gas conversion occurs. The UCG gas quality and process efficiency in such a system are investigated as functions of the process parameters. The latter include geological characteristics of coal seam, gasifier layout and controlled technology variables (e.g. flow rate and pressure of the oxidant). In addition to the gasification itself, the author studied how the gas quality and process efficiency are affected by conditions in process wells. The gas formation is not completed in the gasification channel of an underground gasifier. A number of reactions may proceed in production wells. The ways to control the reactions are discussed. Quality of the gas is determined not only by its composition, but also by its enthalpy as well as by concentration of oils and tars and particulates in the gas. The author discusses how these factors are influenced by the process parameters and design. The process efficiency depends on many factors including gas and heat loss. The ways to mitigate and/or recover these losses are suggested. Examples of commercial scale gasifiers are considered.

  11. Agglomerating combustor-gasifier method and apparatus for coal gasification

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Joseph L. P. Chen; David H. Archer

    1976-01-01

    A method and apparatus for gasifying coal wherein the gasification takes place in a spout fluid bed at a pressure of about 10 to 30 atmospheres and a temperature of about 1800.degree. to 2200.degree.F and wherein the configuration of the apparatus and the manner of introduction of gases for combustion and fluidization is such that agglomerated ash can be withdrawn

  12. Science and Technology Gaps in Underground Coal Gasification

    SciTech Connect

    Upadhye, R; Burton, E; Friedmann, J

    2006-06-27

    Underground coal gasification (UCG) is an appropriate technology to economically access the energy resources in deep and/or unmineable coal seams and potentially to extract these reserves through production of synthetic gas (syngas) for power generation, production of synthetic liquid fuels, natural gas, or chemicals. India is a potentially good area for underground coal gasification. India has an estimated amount of about 467 billion British tons (bt) of possible reserves, nearly 66% of which is potential candidate for UCG, located at deep to intermediate depths and are low grade. Furthermore, the coal available in India is of poor quality, with very high ash content and low calorific value. Use of coal gasification has the potential to eliminate the environmental hazards associated with ash, with open pit mining and with greenhouse gas emissions if UCG is combined with re-injection of the CO{sub 2} fraction of the produced gas. With respect to carbon emissions, India's dependence on coal and its projected rapid rise in electricity demand will make it one of the world's largest CO{sub 2} producers in the near future. Underground coal gasification, with separation and reinjection of the CO{sub 2} produced by the process, is one strategy that can decouple rising electricity demand from rising greenhouse gas contributions. UCG is well suited to India's current and emerging energy demands. The syngas produced by UCG can be used to generate electricity through combined cycle. It can also be shifted chemically to produce synthetic natural gas (e.g., Great Plains Gasification Plant in North Dakota). It may also serve as a feedstock for methanol, gasoline, or diesel fuel production and even as a hydrogen supply. Currently, this technology could be deployed in both eastern and western India in highly populated areas, thus reducing overall energy demand. Most importantly, the reduced capital costs and need for better surface facilities provide a platform for rapid acceleration of coal-gas-fired electric power and other high value products. In summary, UCG has several important economic and environmental benefits relevant to India's energy goals: (1) It requires no purchase of surface gasifiers, reducing capital expense substantially. (2) It requires no ash management, since ash remains in the subsurface. (3) It reduces the cost of pollution management and emits few black-carbon particulates. (4) It greatly reduces the cost of CO2 separation for greenhouse gas management, creating the potential for carbon crediting through the Kyoto Clean Development Mechanism. (5) It greatly reduces the need to mine and transport coal, since coal is used in-situ.

  13. Coal gasification. Quarterly report, April-June 1979

    SciTech Connect

    None

    1980-04-01

    In DOE's program for the conversion of coal to gaseous fuels both high-and low-Btu gasification processes are being developed. High-Btu gas can be distributed economically to consumers in the same pipeline systems now used to carry natural gas. Low-Btu gas, the cheapest of the gaseous fuels produced from coal, can be used economically only on site, either for electric power generation or by industrial and petrochemical plants. High-Btu natural gas has a heating value of 950 to 1000 Btu per standard cubic foot, is composed essentially of methane, and contains virtually no sulfur, carbon monoxide, or free hydrogen. The conversion of coal to High-Btu gas requires a chemical and physical transformation of solid coal. Coals have widely differing chemical and physical properties, depending on where they are mined, and are difficult to process. Therefore, to develop the most suitable techniques for gasifying coal, DOE, together with the American Gas Association (AGA), is sponsoring the development of several advanced conversion processes. Although the basic coal-gasification chemical reactions are the same for each process, each of the processes under development have unique characteristics. A number of the processes for converting coal to high-Btu gas have reached the pilot plant Low-Btu gas, with a heating value of up to 350 Btu per standard cubic foot, is an economical fuel for industrial use as well as for power generation in combined gas-steam turbine power cycles. Because different low-Btu gasification processes are optimum for converting different types of coal, and because of the need to provide commercially acceptable processes at the earliest possible date, DOE is sponsoring the concurrent development of several basic types of gasifiers (fixed-bed, fluidized-bed, and entrained-flow).

  14. Numerical study on the underground coal gasification for inclined seams

    SciTech Connect

    Yang, L.H. [China University of Mining & Technology, Jiangsu (China). College for Resources & Geoscience

    2005-11-01

    According to the characteristics for combustion and gasification reactions occurring in the gasification gallery, the mathematical functional relationship between the chemical reaction rate and every influencing factor is studied. The dynamic nonlinear coupling mathematical models on underground coal gasification of inclined seams are established. The determination methods of major model parameters are introduced. Additionally, the control volume method is adopted to find the numerical solution to the mathematical models. The patterns of development and variation for temperature field, concentration field and pressure field in gasification panel are studied. On the basis of the model test, calculation results are analyzed. From the distribution of temperature field, its calculation value is a little higher than the experimental one, with the relative error of every measuring point virtually within 17%. Research shows that the experiment value of gas heat value and calculated value take on a good conformity; due to the influence of temperature, in the high temperature zone, the change gradient of the experiment value for concentration field of gas compositions is greater than that of the calculation value. The simulated results indicate that the relative error of the pressure field calculation is 4.13%-12.69% and 8.25%-17.47%, respectively, 7 h and 45 h after the ignition. The drop rate for the fluid pressure is 6 01 % and 10. 91 %, respectively. Research shows that the simulated values conform with experimental values comparatively well, which demonstrates that the numerical simulation on the 'three fields' in underground coal gasification is correct.

  15. Underground Coal Gasification Program: FY85 annual report

    SciTech Connect

    Tyner, C.E. (ed.)

    1986-02-01

    As part of the Department of Energy's Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) research program, activities at Sandia National Laboratories during FY85 have included laboratory and modeling studies of UCG in Eastern bituminous coals, planning and subsidence studies in support of upcoming Eastern field tests, and post-burn roof stability analyses of the Tono CRIP test. Accomplishments for the year include completion of a preliminary series of laboratory gasification experiments in an Eastern bituminous coal demonstrating that high mechanical strength and low char consumption effects dominate the gasification process in these coals; designing a series of small-scale field tests intended to determine the feasibility of UCG in Eastern coals; evaluating the suitability of proposed field test sites in terms of roof stability/cavity size relationships as a function of overburden strength and thickness; and roof stability calculations (using field measurements as input) for the Tono CRIP test, results of which bracket the observed roof fall. 20 refs., 33 figs., 8 tabs.

  16. Proceedings of the eleventh annual underground coal gasification symposium

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1985-12-01

    The Eleventh Annual Underground Coal Gasification Symposium was sponsored by the Laramie Project Office of the Morgantown Energy Technology Center, US Department of Energy, and hosted by the Western Research Institute, University of Wyoming research Corporation, in Denver, Colorado, on August 11 to 14, 1985. The five-session symposium included 37 presentations describing research on underground coal gasification (UCG) being performed throughout the world. Eleven of the presentations were from foreign countries developing UCG technology for their coal resources. The papers printed in the proceedings have been reproduced from camera-ready manuscripts furnished by the authors. The papers have not been refereed, nor have they been edited extensively. All papers have been processed for inclusion in the Energy Data Base.

  17. Thermodynamic analysis and conceptual design for partial coal gasification air preheating coal-fired combined cycle

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Xu, Yue; Wu, Yining; Deng, Shimin; Wei, Shirang

    2004-02-01

    The partial coal gasification air pre-heating coal-fired combined cycle (PGACC) is a cleaning coal power system, which integrates the coal gasification technology, circulating fluidized bed technology, and combined cycle technology. It has high efficiency and simple construction, and is a new selection of the cleaning coal power systems. A thermodynamic analysis of the PGACC is carried out. The effects of coal gasifying rate, pre-heating air temperature, and coal gas temperature on the performances of the power system are studied. In order to repower the power plant rated 100 MW by using the PGACC, a conceptual design is suggested. The computational results show that the PGACC is feasible for modernizing the old steam power plants and building the new cleaning power plants.

  18. Case-study of a coal gasification-based energy supply system for China

    E-print Network

    synthesis gas and elec- tricity, high-value-added chemicals, high-value-added fu- els for vehicles). It is also home to the Lunan Fertilizer Factory that operates Texaco coal gasifiers making synthesis gas that is converted to metha- nol using conventional gas-phase synthesis technology. Municipal officials of Zaozhuang

  19. Environmental aspects of coal gasification using the slagging gasifier

    SciTech Connect

    Lacey, J.A.; Timmins, C.; Scott, J.E.

    1988-01-01

    The BGL gasifier has been developed at Westfield, Sctoland, using plants with coal throughputs of up to 500 tonnes/day. It has been shown that the gasifier has the potential for using commercial coal feedstocks by agglomerating some of the fines present and mixing with the lump coal. Environmental aspects of the process have been investigated: tar and oils can be completely consumed in the process; aqueous liqours can be processed to a standard suitable for discharge; slag produced from the coal ash is inert and suitable for landfill. Gasification offers an attractive route towards the clean use of coal. In the light of environmental requirements commercial scale studies on two major potential applications of the BGL gasifier viz combined cycle power and SNG production are reviewed.

  20. Wabash River Coal Gasification Repowering Project: A DOE Assessment

    SciTech Connect

    National Energy Technology Laboratory

    2002-01-15

    The goal of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Coal Technology Program (CCT) is to furnish the energy marketplace with a number of advanced, more efficient, and environmentally responsible coal utilization technologies through demonstration projects. These projects seek to establish the commercial feasibility of the most promising advanced coal technologies that have developed beyond the proof-of-concept stage. This document serves as a DOE post-project assessment (PPA) of a project selected in CCT Round IV, the Wabash River Coal Gasification Repowering (WRCGR) Project, as described in a Report to Congress (U.S. Department of Energy 1992). Repowering consists of replacing an existing coal-fired boiler with one or more clean coal technologies to achieve significantly improved environmental performance. The desire to demonstrate utility repowering with a two-stage, pressurized, oxygen-blown, entrained-flow, integrated gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) system prompted Destec Energy, Inc., and PSI Energy, Inc., to form a joint venture and submit a proposal for this project. In July 1992, the Wabash River Coal Gasification Repowering Project Joint Venture (WRCGRPJV, the Participant) entered into a cooperative agreement with DOE to conduct this project. The project was sited at PSI Energy's Wabash River Generating Station, located in West Terre Haute, Indiana. The purpose of this CCT project was to demonstrate IGCC repowering using a Destec gasifier and to assess long-term reliability, availability, and maintainability of the system at a fully commercial scale. DOE provided 50 percent of the total project funding (for capital and operating costs during the demonstration period) of $438 million.

  1. Study on the model experiment and numerical simulation for underground coal gasification

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Lanhe Yang

    2004-01-01

    The gas production process in underground coal gasification is closely linked to the temperature distribution and seepage conditions of the gasifier. In this paper, mathematical models on the underground coal gasification in steep coal seams are established according to their storage conditions and features of gas production process. Additionally, the paper introduces ways to determine model parameters and the control

  2. Combined cycle power plant incorporating coal gasification

    DOEpatents

    Liljedahl, Gregory N. (Tariffville, CT); Moffat, Bruce K. (Simsbury, CT)

    1981-01-01

    A combined cycle power plant incorporating a coal gasifier as the energy source. The gases leaving the coal gasifier pass through a liquid couplant heat exchanger before being used to drive a gas turbine. The exhaust gases of the gas turbine are used to generate both high pressure and low pressure steam for driving a steam turbine, before being exhausted to the atmosphere.

  3. Underground coal gasification field experiment in the high-dipping coal seams

    SciTech Connect

    Yang, L.H.; Liu, S.Q.; Yu, L.; Zhang, W. [China University of Mining & Technology, Xuzhou (China). College of Resources & Geoscience

    2009-07-01

    In this article the experimental conditions and process of the underground gasification in the Woniushan Mine, Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province are introduced, and the experimental results are analyzed. By adopting the new method of long-channel, big-section, and two-stage underground coal gasification, the daily gas production reaches about 36,000 m{sup 3}, with the maximum output of 103,700 m{sup 3}. The daily average heating value of air gas is 5.04 MJ/m{sup 3}, with 13.57 MJ/m{sup 3} for water gas. In combustible compositions of water gas, H{sub 2} contents stand at over 50%, with both CO and CH{sub 4} contents over 6%. Experimental results show that the counter gasification can form new temperature conditions and increase the gasification efficiency of coal seams.

  4. Compressed air storage with humidification (CASH) coal gasification power plant investigation

    Microsoft Academic Search

    M. Nakhamkin; M. Patel

    1991-01-01

    A study was performed to investigate and develop a hybrid coal gasification concept which utilizes an air saturator (AS) with an integrated coal gasification\\/compressed air energy storage (CGS\\/CAES) plant. This potentially attractive concept is designated as AS\\/CGS\\/CAES. In this concept, the coal gasification system provides fuel for the combustors of the CAES reheat turbomachinery train. Motive air from underground storage

  5. Coal gasification characteristics in a downer reactor

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Y. J Kim; S. H Lee; S. D Kim

    2001-01-01

    Subbituminous coal (Shenwha) was gasified at atmospheric pressure in a downer reactor (0.1m I.D.×5.0m high). The effects of reaction temperature (750–850°C), steam\\/coal mass ratio (0.23–0.86), O2\\/H2O mole ratio (0–1.81) and coal feeding rate (5.3–9.0kg h?1) on the composition of product gas, carbon conversion, cold gas efficiency, gas yield and calorific value have been determined. In the case of steam injection

  6. Gasification of coal and PET in fluidized bed reactor

    Microsoft Academic Search

    M. Poho?elý; M. Vosecký; P. Hejdová; M. Pun?ochá?; S. Skoblja; M. Staf; J. Vošta; B. Koutský; K. Svoboda

    2006-01-01

    Blended fuel comprising 23wt.% polyethyleneterephthalate (PET) and 77wt.% brown coal was gasified in an atmospheric fluidized bed gasifier of laboratory-scale. The gasification agent was composed of 10vol.% O2 in bulk of nitrogen. Thermal and texture analyses were carried out to determine the basic properties of the fuel components. The influence of experimental conditions, such as the fluidized bed and freeboard

  7. Underground coal gasification: the state-of-the-art

    SciTech Connect

    Krantz, W.B.; Gunn, R.D.

    1983-01-01

    This paper serves to introduce the subject of this symposium volume, underground coal gasification (UCG), to the reader. In addition, it places the papers to this symposium volume in persepective with respect to their contributions to our understanding of large scale testing of the UCG process, instrumentation for these tests as well as commercial scale operations, modeling studies of various aspects of the process technology, environmental effect of UCG operations, and possible uses of the UCG product gas.

  8. Rawlins UCG (underground coal gasification) Demonstration Project site characterization report

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1989-04-01

    The US Department of Energy and Energy International, Inc. have entered into a Cooperative Agreement to conduct a cost-shared UCG field test demonstrating the operation of commercial scale underground coal gasification (UCG) on steeply dipping bed modules to provide synthesis gas for a small scale commercial ammonia plant. The field test and the commercial ammonia plant will be located at the North Knobs site near Rawlins, Wyoming. During this demonstration test, two or more UCG modules will be operated simultaneously until one module is completely consumed and an additional module is brought on line. During this period, the average coal gasification rate will be between 500 and 1200 tons per day. A portion of the raw UCG product gas will be cleaned and converted into a synthesis gas, which will be used as feedstock to a 400--500 ton per day ammonia plant. The UCG facility will continue to operate subsequent to the test demonstration to provide feedstock for the commercial plant. The objective of the geologic site characterization program is to provide a descriptive model that accurately represents the geologic environment of the coal resource that is to be gasified. This model is to be used as an aid in understanding the hydrology of the coal bearing sequence, as a framework for installation of the process wells and the subsequent exploitation of the coal resources. 3 figs., 3 tabs.

  9. Encoal mild coal gasification project: Final design modifications report

    SciTech Connect

    NONE

    1997-07-01

    The design, construction and operation Phases of the Encoal Mild Coal Gasification Project have been completed. The plant, designed to process 1,000 ton/day of subbituminous Power River Basin (PRB) low-sulfur coal feed and to produce two environmentally friendly products, a solid fuel and a liquid fuel, has been operational for nearly five years. The solid product, Process Derived Fuel (PDF), is a stable, low-sulfur, high-Btu fuel similar in composition and handling properties to bituminous coal. The liquid product, Coal Derived Liquid (CDL), is a heavy, low-sulfur, liquid fuel similar in properties to heavy industrial fuel oil. Opportunities for upgrading the CDL to higher value chemicals and fuels have been identified. Significant quantities of both PDF and CDL have been delivered and successfully burned in utility and industrial boilers. A summary of the Project is given.

  10. The ENCOAL Mild Coal Gasification Project, A DOE Assessment

    SciTech Connect

    National Energy Technology Laboratory

    2002-03-15

    This report is a post-project assessment of the ENCOAL{reg_sign} Mild Coal Gasification Project, which was selected under Round III of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Coal Technology (CCT) Demonstration Program. The CCT Demonstration Program is a government and industry cofunded technology development effort to demonstrate a new generation of innovative coal utilization processes in a series of commercial-scale facilities. The ENCOAL{reg_sign} Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bluegrass Coal Development Company (formerly SMC Mining Company), which is a subsidiary of Ziegler Coal Holding Company, submitted an application to the DOE in August 1989, soliciting joint funding of the project in the third round of the CCT Program. The project was selected by DOE in December 1989, and the Cooperative Agreement (CA) was approved in September 1990. Construction, commissioning, and start-up of the ENCOAL{reg_sign} mild coal gasification facility was completed in June 1992. In October 1994, ENCOAL{reg_sign} was granted a two-year extension of the CA with the DOE, that carried through to September 17, 1996. ENCOAL{reg_sign} was then granted a six-month, no-cost extension through March 17, 1997. Overall, DOE provided 50 percent of the total project cost of $90,664,000. ENCOAL{reg_sign} operated the 1,000-ton-per-day mild gasification demonstration plant at Triton Coal Company's Buckskin Mine near Gillette, Wyoming, for over four years. The process, using Liquids From Coal (LFC{trademark}) technology originally developed by SMC Mining Company and SGI International, utilizes low-sulfur Powder River Basin (PRB) coal to produce two new fuels, Process-Derived Fuel (PDF{trademark}) and Coal-Derived Liquids (CDL{trademark}). The products, as alternative fuel sources, are capable of significantly lowering current sulfur emissions at industrial and utility boiler sites throughout the nation thus reducing pollutants causing acid rain. In support of this overall objective, the following goals were established for the ENCOAL{reg_sign} Project: Provide sufficient quantity of products for full-scale test burns; Develop data for the design of future commercial plants; Demonstrate plant and process performance; Provide capital and O&M cost data; and Support future LFC{trademark} technology licensing efforts. Each of these goals has been met and exceeded. The plant has been in operation for nearly 5 years, during which the LFC{trademark} process has been demonstrated and refined. Fuels were made, successfully burned, and a commercial-scale plant is now under contract for design and construction.

  11. Role of site characteristics in coal gasification. [Hanna, Wyoming

    SciTech Connect

    Bader, B.E.; Glass, R.E.

    1981-12-01

    Field test data for a series of four underground coal gasification tests (UCG) at a site near Hanna, Wyoming are presented. Results of these field tests were combined with modeling efforts to identify site selective parameters broadly identified as the flow and mechanical properties of a coal seam that can help determine the degree to which any UCG test would be successful. Specifically, the characteristics shown to be important are concluded to be: (1) permeability structure and mobile water, which play a crucial role in determining air flow paths; (2) high permeability zones at midstream and above to act as the primary air flow path; (3) spacing of injection and production wells can be varied to enhance the chance of keeping the air flow paths low in the coal seam; (4) completion of the process wells in a manner that minimizes neighboring permeability inhibits the chance of override; (5) the orthotropic permeability of coal improve UCG results; (6) thermochemical properties of coal are important with respect to the manner of combustion front propogation; and (7) heating will result in stress dependent anisotropic strength characteristics of the coal. Other properties characteristic of a given coal, petrographic constitutents of a coal, chemistry of combustion and the in situ stress distribution are also pointed out as significant factors to be considered in the most efficient use of UCG technique. 14 references, (BLM)

  12. Gas core reactors for coal gasification

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Weinstein, H.

    1976-01-01

    The concept of using a gas core reactor to produce hydrogen directly from coal and water is presented. It is shown that the chemical equilibrium of the process is strongly in favor of the production of H2 and CO in the reactor cavity, indicating a 98% conversion of water and coal at only 1500 K. At lower temperatures in the moderator-reflector cooling channels the equilibrium strongly favors the conversion of CO and additional H2O to CO2 and H2. Furthermore, it is shown the H2 obtained per pound of carbon has 23% greater heating value than the carbon so that some nuclear energy is also fixed. Finally, a gas core reactor plant floating in the ocean is conceptualized which produces H2, fresh water and sea salts from coal.

  13. Heat exchanger for coal gasification process

    DOEpatents

    Blasiole, George A. (Greensburg, PA)

    1984-06-19

    This invention provides a heat exchanger, particularly useful for systems requiring cooling of hot particulate solids, such as the separated fines from the product gas of a carbonaceous material gasification system. The invention allows effective cooling of a hot particulate in a particle stream (made up of hot particulate and a gas), using gravity as the motive source of the hot particulate. In a preferred form, the invention substitutes a tube structure for the single wall tube of a heat exchanger. The tube structure comprises a tube with a core disposed within, forming a cavity between the tube and the core, and vanes in the cavity which form a flow path through which the hot particulate falls. The outside of the tube is in contact with the cooling fluid of the heat exchanger.

  14. Combined-cycle power stations using clean-coal technologies: Thermodynamic analysis of full gasification versus fluidized bed combustion with partial gasification

    Microsoft Academic Search

    G. Lozza; P. Chiesa; L. DeVita

    1996-01-01

    A novel class of power plants for clean conversion of coal into power has been recently proposed, based on the concept of partial coal gasification and fluidized-bed combustion of unconverted char from gasification. This paper focuses on the thermodynamic aspects of these plants, in comparison with full gasification cycles, assessing their performance on the basis of a common advanced power

  15. The BGL coal gasification process -- Applications and status

    SciTech Connect

    Davies, H.S.; Vierrath, H.E.; Johnson, K.S.; Kluttz, D.E.

    1994-12-31

    In 1991 British Gas completed a 15 year program for the development and demonstration of the BGL gasification process for Substitute Natural Gas and power generation. The final two objectives in this program at the Westfield Development Centre of British Gas were to demonstrate the suitability of the BGL gasifier for power generation under utility load requirements using typical UK power station coals and to operate the gasifier at pressures up to 65 bar. The first part of the program was an $18 million joint demonstration with National Power and PowerGen and supported by British Coal, the UK Department of Energy and the European Community which confirmed conclusively in tests spanning 40 days of operation that the full range of available UK power station coals can be gasified at very high efficiency in the BGL Gasifier. The development program then concluded with tests on a new, purpose designed, high pressure gasifier to determine the effect of pressure on gasification performance and operability. The use of the new ABB GT 24/26 gas turbines in BGL IGCC plant is explored and the BGL IGCC project in the US Clean Coal Technology Programme (CCTV) is described briefly.

  16. Fixed-bed gasification research using US coals. Volume 11. Gasification of Minnesota peat. [Peat pellets and peat sods

    SciTech Connect

    Thimsen, D.; Maurer, R.E.; Pooler, A.R.; Pui, D.; Liu, B.; Kittelson, D.

    1985-05-01

    A single-staged, fixed-bed Wellman-Galusha gasifier coupled with a hot, raw gas combustion system and scrubber has been used to gasify numerous coals from throughout the United States. The gasification test program is organized as a coooperative effort by private industrial participants and governmental agencies. The consortium of participants is organized under the Mining and Industrial Fuel Gas (MIFGa) Group. This report is the eleventh volume in a series of reports describing the atmospheric pressure, fixed-bed gasification of US coals. This specific report describes the gasification of peat pellets and peat sods during 3 different test periods. 2 refs., 20 figs., 13 tabs.

  17. Evaluating the feasibility of underground coal gasification in Thailand

    SciTech Connect

    Young, B.C.; Harju, J.A.; Schmit, C.R.; Solc, J. [Univ. of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND (United States). Energy and Environmental Research Center; Boysen, J. [B.C. Technologies, Ltd., Laramie, WY (United States); Kuehnel, R.A. [International Inst. for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences, Delft (Netherlands)

    1996-12-31

    Underground coal gasification (UCG) is a clean coal technology that converts in situ coal into a low- to medium-grade product gas without the added expense of mining and reclamation. Potential candidates for UCG are those coal resources that are not economically recoverable or that are otherwise unacceptable for conventional coal utilization processes. The Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC), through the sponsorship of the US Trade and Development Agency and in collaboration with the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), is undertaking a feasibility study for the application of UCG in the Krabi coal mining area, 620 miles south of Bangkok in Thailand. The EERC`s objective for this project is to determine the technical, environmental, and economic feasibility of demonstrating and commercializing UCG at a selected site in the Krabi coal mining area. This paper addresses the preliminary developments and ongoing strategy for evaluating the selected UCG site. The technical, environmental, and economic factors for successful UCG operation are discussed, as well as the strategic issues pertaining to future energy expansion in southern Thailand.

  18. Method for using fast fluidized bed dry bottom coal gasification

    DOEpatents

    Snell, George J. (Fords, NJ); Kydd, Paul H. (Lawrenceville, NJ)

    1983-01-01

    Carbonaceous solid material such as coal is gasified in a fast fluidized bed gasification system utilizing dual fluidized beds of hot char. The coal in particulate form is introduced along with oxygen-containing gas and steam into the fast fluidized bed gasification zone of a gasifier assembly wherein the upward superficial gas velocity exceeds about 5.0 ft/sec and temperature is 1500.degree.-1850.degree. F. The resulting effluent gas and substantial char are passed through a primary cyclone separator, from which char solids are returned to the fluidized bed. Gas from the primary cyclone separator is passed to a secondary cyclone separator, from which remaining fine char solids are returned through an injection nozzle together with additional steam and oxygen-containing gas to an oxidation zone located at the bottom of the gasifier, wherein the upward gas velocity ranges from about 3-15 ft/sec and is maintained at 1600.degree.-200.degree. F. temperature. This gasification arrangement provides for increased utilization of the secondary char material to produce higher overall carbon conversion and product yields in the process.

  19. Underground Coal Gasification Program: FY84 annual report

    SciTech Connect

    Tyner, C.E. (ed.)

    1985-03-01

    As part of the Department of Energy's Underground Coal Gasification research program, activities at Sandia National Laboratories during FY84 have included cornering water jet drill development, subsidence and cavity growth modeling in support of the Tono PSC field experiments, field testing of the CSAMT remote monitoring technique, and laboratory experimentation and site characterization planning in support of the Eastern bituminous UCG program. Accomplishments for the year include completion of the cornering water jet drill program, including a field proof-of-concept demonstration; comparisons of cavity growth and subsidence model calculations with results of the Tono field experiments, demonstrating the ability of these models to predict cavity/overburden interactions affecting the gasification process; remote CSAMT monitoring of the Tono field experiment and demonstration of the ability of the technique to detect process effects remotely and in real time; development and testing of a laboratory gasification system to investigate early cavity growth and other phenomena in swelling Eastern bituminous coals; and detailed site characterization planning for the upcoming Eastern UCG field program. 40 references.

  20. UTILIZATION OF LIGHTWEIGHT MATERIALS MADE FROM COAL GASIFICATION SLAGS

    SciTech Connect

    Vas Choudhry; Stephen Kwan; Steven R. Hadley

    2001-07-01

    The objective of the project entitled ''Utilization of Lightweight Materials Made from Coal Gasification Slags'' was to demonstrate the technical and economic viability of manufacturing low-unit-weight products from coal gasification slags which can be used as substitutes for conventional lightweight and ultra-lightweight aggregates. In Phase I, the technology developed by Praxis to produce lightweight aggregates from slag (termed SLA) was applied to produce a large batch (10 tons) of expanded slag using pilot direct-fired rotary kilns and a fluidized bed calciner. The expanded products were characterized using basic characterization and application-oriented tests. Phase II involved the demonstration and evaluation of the use of expanded slag aggregates to produce a number of end-use applications including lightweight roof tiles, lightweight precast products (e.g., masonry blocks), structural concrete, insulating concrete, loose fill insulation, and as a substitute for expanded perlite and vermiculite in horticultural applications. Prototypes of these end-use applications were made and tested with the assistance of commercial manufacturers. Finally, the economics of expanded slag production was determined and compared with the alternative of slag disposal. Production of value-added products from SLA has a significant potential to enhance the overall gasification process economics, especially when the avoided costs of disposal are considered.

  1. Ash melting behavior under coal gasification conditions

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Y. Ninomiya; A. Sato

    1997-01-01

    The results of this study show that CaCO3 additives are an efficient fluxing element for the control of ash melting, more particularly Al2O3-rich ash melting. The minimum values of the hemispherical temperatures of the ash-additive mixtures were 50–500 K lower than those of parent coal ashes. Empirical equations have been derived to relate ash fusion temperatures to ash composition. X-ray

  2. Plasma-enhanced gasification of low-grade coals for compact power plants

    SciTech Connect

    Uhm, Han S. [Department of Electrophysics, Kwangwoon University, 447-1 Wolgye-Dong, Nowon-Gu, Seoul 139-701 (Korea, Republic of); Hong, Yong C.; Shin, Dong H.; Lee, Bong J. [Convergence Plasma Research Center, National Fusion Research Institute, 113 Gwahangno, Yuseong-Gu, Daejeon 305-333 (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-10-15

    A high temperature of a steam torch ensures an efficient gasification of low-grade coals, which is comparable to that of high-grade coals. Therefore, the coal gasification system energized by microwaves can serve as a moderately sized power plant due to its compact and lightweight design. This plasma power plant of low-grade coals would be useful in rural or sparsely populated areas without access to a national power grid.

  3. Solar gasification of coal, activated carbon, coke and coal and biomass mixtures

    Microsoft Academic Search

    D. W. Gregg; R. W. Taylor; J. H. Campbell; J. R. Taylor; A. Cotton

    1980-01-01

    The gasification of subbituminous coal, activated carbon, coke and a mixture of coal and biomass by direct solar irradiation in a solar furnace is investigated. Sunlight concentrated by a 23-kW solar furnace was focused directly on the fuel being gasified in a gravity-fed gasifier through a window in the reactor, and steam or CO2 was passed through the bed to

  4. Method and apparatus for the selective separation of gaseous coal gasification products by pressure swing adsorption

    Microsoft Academic Search

    M. H. Ghate; R. T. Yang

    1987-01-01

    This patent describes the method for bulk separation of multi-component gases generated in a coal gasification process wherein coal is gasified in a gasifier to produce gasification products including a mixture of gases comprising hydrogen, carbon monoxide, methane, and acid gas components carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide. It consists of the steps of conveying a stream comprising the mixture of

  5. Process and technology development activities for in situ coal gasification, FY83

    Microsoft Academic Search

    1983-01-01

    As part of DOE's Underground Coal Gasification Program, activities at Sandia National Laboratories have been directed at Process and Technology Development. The project areas include (1) the development of a cornering water jet drill for use in linking vertical wells in Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) tests; (2) the development of a controlled source audio-frequency magnetotelluric (CSAMT) surface geophysical technique for

  6. Carbonyl formation in coal gasification plants. Interim report. Series No. V: A-1

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Sirohi

    1974-01-01

    As the Evaluation Contractor for the ERDA-A.G.A. coal gasification program, C. F. Braun and Co. has reviewed the possibility of hazardous concentrations of nickel or iron carbonyls appearing in the product pipeline gas from coal gasification plants as required to recommend steps for preventing such a hazard. This report summarizes the results of that review and presents the associated recommendations.

  7. Coal gasification in southeastern Ohio: water supply and demand. Completion report

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Whitlatch; E. E. Jr

    1975-01-01

    A general review of the need for coal gasification is made at the National level and for the State of Ohio. Current State energy policy promotes the construction of both low and high-Btu coal gasification plants. Water requirements of such an industry are estimated and water availability is determined for Southeastern Ohio. Direct stream use, reservoir and groundwater sources are

  8. Separation of products from mild coal gasification processes

    SciTech Connect

    Wallman, P.H.

    1991-09-11

    The primary mild coal gasification product mixture containing noncondensible gas, high-boiling hydrocarbon vapors and entrained fines is difficult to process into the desired pure products: gas, liquids, and dry solids. This challenge for mild coal gasification process development has been studied by surveying the technical literature for suitable separations processes and for similar issues in related processes. The choice for a first-stage solids separation step is standard cyclones, arranged in parallel trains for large-volume applications in order to take advantage of the higher separation efficiency of smaller cyclones. However, mild gasification pilot-plant data show entrainment of ultrafine particles for which standard cyclones have poor separation efficiency. A hot secondary solids separation step is needed for the ultrafine entrainment in order to protect the liquid product from excessive amounts of contaminating solids. The secondary solids separation step is similar to many high-temperature flue-gas applications with an important complicating condition: Mild gasifier vapors form coke on surfaces in contact with the vapors. Plugging of the filter medium by coke deposition is concluded to be the main product separation problem for mild gasification. Three approaches to solution of this problem are discussed in the order of preference: (1) a barrier filter medium made of a perforated foil that is easy to regenerate, (2) a high-efficiency cyclone coupled with recycle of a solids-containing tar fraction for coking/cracking in the gasifier, and (3) a granular moving bed filter with regeneration of the bed material. The condensation of oil vapors diluted by noncondensible gas is analyzed thermodynamically, and the conclusion is that existing commercial oil fractionator designs are adequate as long as the vapor stream does not contain excessive amounts of solids. 34 refs., 4 figs.

  9. Wabash River Coal Gasification Repowering Project: A DOE Assessment

    SciTech Connect

    National Energy Technology Laboratory

    2002-01-15

    The goal of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Coal Technology Program (CCT) is to furnish the energy marketplace with a number of advanced, more efficient, and environmentally responsible coal utilization technologies through demonstration projects. These projects seek to establish the commercial feasibility of the most promising advanced coal technologies that have developed beyond the proof-of-concept stage. This document serves as a DOE post-project assessment (PPA) of a project selected in CCT Round IV, the Wabash River Coal Gasification Repowering (WRCGR) Project, as described in a Report to Congress (U.S. Department of Energy 1992). Repowering consists of replacing an existing coal-fired boiler with one or more clean coal technologies to achieve significantly improved environmental performance. The desire to demonstrate utility repowering with a two-stage, pressurized, oxygen-blown, entrained-flow, integrated gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) system prompted Destec Energy, Inc., and PSI Energy, Inc., to form a joint venture and submit a proposal for this project. In July 1992, the Wabash River Coal Gasification Repowering Project Joint Venture (WRCGRPJV, the Participant) entered into a cooperative agreement with DOE to conduct this project. The project was sited at PSI Energy's Wabash River Generating Station, located in West Terre Haute, Indiana. The purpose of this CCT project was to demonstrate IGCC repowering using a Destec gasifier and to assess long-term reliability, availability, and maintainability of the system at a fully commercial scale. DOE provided 50 percent of the total project funding (for capital and operating costs during the demonstration period) of $438 million. Construction for the demonstration project was started in July 1993. Pre-operational tests were initiated in August 1995, and construction was completed in November 1995. Commercial operation began in November 1995, and the demonstration period was completed in December 1999. The independent evaluation contained herein is based primarily on information provided in Wabash's Final Report (Dowd 2000), as well as other references and bibliographic sources.

  10. Comparison of coal tars generated by pyrolysis of Hanna coal and UCG (underground coal gasification) Hanna IVB coal tars

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    Barbour, F.A.; Cummings, R.E.

    1986-04-01

    The compositions of coal tars produced by laboratory and pilot scale apparatus have been compared to those produced during underground coal gasification (UCG) experiments at Hanna, Wyoming. Four coal tars were generated by pyrolysis using the block reactor and the laboratory reference retort, and a fifth coal tar was composited from products produced by UCG. Coal tars were separated into chemically defined fractions and were characterized by gas chromatography. Specific compounds were not identified, but rather fingerprinting or compound-type profiling was used for identifying similarities and differences in the product tars. This permitted the evaluation of the different methods of tar production with respect to one another. The UCG coal tars appeared to have undergone more secondary cracking than the pyrolytic products. The coal tar products from the laboratory reference retort appear to be more indicative of the coal's chemical structure. Products from the block reactor contained lesser amounts of the lighter boiling material. In addition there is organic sulfur contamination as indicated by the large amount of sulfur present in the product tar from the block reactor. 11 refs., 16 figs., 11 tabs.

  11. Underground coal gasification: a leading contender in the synfuels industry

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    Stephens, D.R.

    1981-10-27

    Underground coal gasification (UCG) promieses to be a relatively low cost, environmentaly sound method for producing clean fuels from coal deposits that are unattractive for mining. The coal is gasified in place, with the reactions supported by oxygen and steam piped down from the surface. Gases produced by the combustion reactions are piped to the surface, where they can be converted to various useful fuels such as pipeline quality gas or gasoline at costs estimated to be competitive with those for fuels from conventional sources. Huge deposits of deep coal exist in the US which are not economically recoverable by mining. It appears that a successful UCG process could recover enough of these presently unusable resources to quadruple our coal reserves. Thus there is a strong economic incentive to develop the UCG process. As a further advantage, the UCG process is expected to have only minor environmental impact since the coal is consumed underground and most of the waste products remain there. In the US, an R and D program in UCG has been supported by the Department of Energy and its predecessor agencies for about a decade, and private industry has also been active in developing the process; elsewhere in the world, development programs are being carried on in a number of countries. Results have been very encouraging, and it appears that if government and industry continue to support UCG development, then the UCG process could become commercially established by the 1990s.

  12. Development of the Shell-Koppers coal gasification process

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    Vogt, E. V.; van der Burgt, M. J.

    1981-03-01

    The Shell-Koppers process for the gasification of coal under pressure is based on the principles of entrained-bed technology. It is characterized by practically complete gasification of virtually all solid fuels, production of a clean gas without by-products, high throughput, high thermal efficiency, efficient heat recovery, and environmental acceptability. The gas produced is 93 to 98 vol % hydrogen and carbon monoxide and is suitable for the manufacture of hydrogen or reducing gas, and, with further processing, substitute natural gas. It can also be used for the synthesis of ammonia, methanol, and liquid hydrocarbons. The process can be applied as an integral part of a combined-cycle power station featuring both gas and steam turbines, which will yield electricity generation at 42 to 45% efficiency for a wide range of feed coals. A 150 t/day gasifier has been put into operation successfully at Harburg, Germany, achieving a conversion of 99% for hard coal, and units of a capacity up to 2500 t/day are planned for the end of the 1980s.

  13. Differences in gasification behaviors and related properties between entrained gasifier fly ash and coal char

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    Jing Gu; Shiyong Wu; Youqing Wu; Ye Li; Jinsheng Gao

    2008-01-01

    In the study, two fly ash samples from Texaco gasifiers were compared to coal char and the physical and chemical properties and reactivity of samples were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), SEM-energy-dispersive spectrometry (EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), N and CO adsorption method, and isothermal thermogravimetric analysis. The main results were obtained. The carbon content of gasified fly ashes exhibited

  14. Modeling the underground coal gasification process: part III-subsidence

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    Krantz, W.B.; Gunn, R.D.

    1983-01-01

    The cavity created by underground coal gasification (UCG) will be associated with some degree of subsidence in the overburden above the cavity. Subsidence refers to the adjustment in the earth which is made in response to the creation of a subsurface cavity. This subsidence can take a variety of forms, some of which can cause considerable damage both to the environment and to the UCG process and associated equipment. This article reviews the physical and geometrical factors which must be considered in subsidence modeling and the empirical, analytical, numerical, and phenomenological approaches used to model subsidence in UCG. Finally, the results of applying these subsidence models to UCG field tests are reviewed.

  15. Underground coal gasification: the state-of-the-art

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    Krantz, W.B.; Gunn, R.D.

    1983-01-01

    This symposium volume includes the papers presented in two special technical sessions reviewing the state-of-the-art in underground coal gasification that were part of the 1982 Spring National Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers held in Anaheim, CA, on June 6-10, 1982. The papers contribute to the understanding of large-scale testing of the UCG process, instrumentation for these tests as well as for commercial-scale operations, modeling studies of the process technology, environmental effect of UCG operations, and possible uses of the product gas.

  16. Study on CO2 gasification reactivity and physical characteristics of biomass, petroleum coke and coal chars.

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    Huo, Wei; Zhou, Zhijie; Chen, Xueli; Dai, Zhenghua; Yu, Guangsuo

    2014-05-01

    Gasification reactivities of six different carbonaceous material chars with CO2 were determined by a Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA). Gasification reactivities of biomass chars are higher than those of coke and coal chars. In addition, physical structures and chemical components of these chars were systematically tested. It is found that the crystalline structure is an important factor to evaluate gasification reactivities of different chars and the crystalline structures of biomass chars are less order than those of coke and coal chars. Moreover, initial gasification rates of these chars were measured at high temperatures and with relatively large particle sizes. The method of calculating the effectiveness factor ? was used to quantify the effect of pore diffusion on gasification. The results show that differences in pore diffusion effects among gasification with various chars are prominent and can be attributed to different intrinsic gasification reactivities and physical characteristics of different chars. PMID:24642484

  17. The commercial feasibility of underground coal gasification in southern Thailand

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    Solc, J.; Young, B.C.; Harju, J.A.; Schmit, C.R. [Univ. of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND (United States). Energy and Environmental Research Center; Boysen, J.E. [B.C. Technologies, Ltd., Laramie, WY (United States); Kuhnel, R.A. [IIASES, Delft (Netherlands)

    1996-12-31

    Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) is a clean coal technology with the commercial potential to provide low- or medium-Btu gas for the generation of electric power. While the abundance of economic coal and natural gas reserves in the United States of America (USA) has delayed the commercial development of this technology in the USA, potential for commercial development of UCG-fueled electric power generation currently exists in many other nations. Thailand has been experiencing sustained economic growth throughout the past decade. The use of UCG to provide electric power to meet the growing power demand appears to have commercial potential. A project to determine the commercial feasibility of UCG-fueled electric power generation at a site in southern Thailand is in progress. The objective of the project is to determine the commercial feasibility of using UCG for power generation in the Krabi coal mining area located approximately 1,000 kilometers south of Bangkok, Thailand. The project team has developed a detailed methodology to determine the technical feasibility, environmental acceptability, and commercial economic potential of UCG at a selected site. In the methodology, hydrogeologic conditions of the coal seam and surrounding strata are determined first. These results and information describing the local economic conditions are then used to assess the commercial potential of the UCG application. The methodology for evaluating the Krabi UCG site and current project status are discussed in this paper.

  18. Lock hopper values for coal gasification plant service

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    Schoeneweis, E. F.

    1977-01-01

    Although the operating principle of the lock hopper system is extremely simple, valve applications involving this service for coal gasification plants are likewise extremely difficult. The difficulties center on the requirement of handling highly erosive pulverized coal or char (either in dry or slurry form) combined with the requirement of providing tight sealing against high-pressure (possibly very hot) gas. Operating pressures and temperatures in these applications typically range up to 1600 psi (110bar) and 600F (316C), with certain process requirements going even higher. In addition, and of primary concern, is the need for reliable operation over long service periods with the provision for practical and economical maintenance. Currently available data indicate the requirement for something in the order of 20,000 to 30,000 open-close cycles per year and a desire to operate at least that long without valve failure.

  19. Arco's research and development efforts in underground coal gasification

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    Bell, G.J.; Bailey, D.W.; Brandenburg, C.F.

    1983-01-01

    Arco has studied underground coal gasification (UCG) since the mid-1970's in an attempt to advance the technology. This paper is a review of past and present UCG research and development efforts, starting with Arco's Rocky Hill No. 1 test. Although this first experiment gave Arco invaluable experience for conducting UCG in the deep, wet, thick coal resources of the Powder River Basin in Wyoming, many formidable questions remain to be addressed with the operation of a larger-scale, multi-well test. Unresolved issues include such items as site selection, well design, well linking, overburden subsidence, ground water protection, surface treatment of product gas, and the interaction of simultaneously operating modules.

  20. DIFFUSION COATINGS FOR CORROSION RESISTANT COMPONENTS IN COAL GASIFICATION SYSTEMS

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    Gopala N. Krishnan; Ripudaman Malhotra; Angel Sanjurjo

    2004-05-01

    Heat-exchangers, filters, turbines, and other components in integrated coal gasification combined cycle system must withstand demanding conditions of high temperatures and pressure differentials. Under the highly sulfiding conditions of the high temperature coal gas, the performance of components degrade significantly with time unless expensive high alloy materials are used. Deposition of a suitable coating on a low cost alloy may improve is resistance to such sulfidation attack and decrease capital and operating costs. A review of the literature indicates that the corrosion reaction is the competition between oxidation and sulfidation reactions. The Fe- and Ni-based high-temperature alloys are susceptible to sulfidation attack unless they are fortified with high levels of Cr, Al, and Si. To impart corrosion resistance, these elements need not be in the bulk of the alloy and need only be present at the surface layers.

  1. Computational fluid dynamics modeling of coal gasification in a pressurized spout-fluid bed

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    Zhongyi Deng; Rui Xiao; Baosheng Jin; He Huang; Laihong Shen; Qilei Song; Qianjun Li [Southeast University, Nanjing (China). Key Laboratory of Clean Coal Power Generation and Combustion Technology of Ministry of Education

    2008-05-15

    Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling, which has recently proven to be an effective means of analysis and optimization of energy-conversion processes, has been extended to coal gasification in this paper. A 3D mathematical model has been developed to simulate the coal gasification process in a pressurized spout-fluid bed. This CFD model is composed of gas-solid hydrodynamics, coal pyrolysis, char gasification, and gas phase reaction submodels. The rates of heterogeneous reactions are determined by combining Arrhenius rate and diffusion rate. The homogeneous reactions of gas phase can be treated as secondary reactions. A comparison of the calculated and experimental data shows that most gasification performance parameters can be predicted accurately. This good agreement indicates that CFD modeling can be used for complex fluidized beds coal gasification processes. 37 refs., 7 figs., 5 tabs.

  2. Rawlins UCG (underground coal gasification) Demonstration Project site characterization report

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    Not Available

    1989-04-01

    The United States Department of Energy and Energy International, Inc. have entered into a Cooperative Agreement to conduct a cost-shared UCG field test demonstrating the operation of commercial scale Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) on steeply dipping bed modules to provide synthesis gas for a small scale commercial ammonia plant. The field test and the commercial ammonia plant will be located at the North Knobs site near Rawlins, Wyoming. During this demonstration test, two or more UCG modules will be operated simultaneously until one module is completely consumed and an additional module is brought on line. During this period, the average coal gasification rate will be between 500 and 1200 tons per day. A portion of the raw UCG product gas will be cleaned and converted into a synthesis gas, which will be used as feedstock to a 400--500 ton per day ammonia plant. The UCG facility will continue to operate subsequent to the test demonstration to provide feedstock for the commercial plant. The objective of the hydrologic site characterization program is to provide an accurate representation of the hydrologic environment within the area to be gasified. This information will aid in the placement and operation of the process wells in relation to the ground water source. 21 refs., 14 figs., 6 tabs.

  3. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Underground Coal Gasification project

    SciTech Connect

    Thorsness, C.B.; Britten, J.A.

    1989-10-15

    The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has been actively developing Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) technology for 15 years. The goal of the project has been to develop a fundamental technological understanding of UCG and foster the commercialization of the process. In striving to achieve this goal the LLNL project has carried out laboratory experiments, developed mathematical models, actively participated in technology transfer programs, and conducted field test experiments. As a result of this work the Controlled Retracting Injection Point (CRIP) concept was developed which helps insure optimum performance of an underground gasifier in a flat seam, and provides a means to produce multiple gasification cavities. The LLNL field work culminated in the Rocky Mountain I field test in which a gasifier using the CRIP technology generated gas of a quality equal to that of surface gasifiers. This last test and others preceding it have demonstrated beyond any reasonable doubt, that UCG is technically feasible in moderately thick coal seams at modest depths. 2 refs., 2 tabs.

  4. Gasification Characteristics of Coal/Biomass Mixed Fuels

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    Mitchell, Reginald

    2013-09-30

    A research project was undertaken that had the overall objective of developing the models needed to accurately predict conversion rates of coal/biomass mixtures to synthesis gas under conditions relevant to a commercially-available coal gasification system configured to co- produce electric power as well as chemicals and liquid fuels. In our efforts to accomplish this goal, experiments were performed in an entrained flow reactor in order to produce coal and biomass chars at high heating rates and temperatures, typical of the heating rates and temperatures fuel particles experience in real systems. Mixed chars derived from coal/biomass mixtures containing up to 50% biomass and the chars of the pure coal and biomass components were subjected to a matrix of reactivity tests in a pressurized thermogravimetric analyzer (TGA) in order to obtain data on mass loss rates as functions of gas temperature, pressure and composition as well as to obtain information on the variations in mass specific surface area during char conversion under kinetically-limited conditions. The experimental data were used as targets when determining the unknown parameters in the chemical reactivity and specific surface area models developed. These parameters included rate coefficients for the reactions in the reaction mechanism, enthalpies of formation and absolute entropies of adsorbed species formed on the carbonaceous surfaces, and pore structure coefficients in the model used to describe how the mass specific surface area of the char varies with conversion. So that the reactivity models can be used at high temperatures when mass transport processes impact char conversion rates, Thiele modulus – effectiveness factor relations were also derived for the reaction mechanisms developed. In addition, the reactivity model and a mode of conversion model were combined in a char-particle gasification model that includes the effects of chemical reaction and diffusion of reactive gases through particle pores and energy exchange between the particle and its environment. This char-particle gasification model is capable of predicting the average mass loss rates, sizes, apparent densities, specific surface areas, and temperatures of the char particles produced when co-firing coal and biomass to the type environments established in entrained flow gasifiers operating at high temperatures and elevated pressures. A key result of this work is the finding that the reactivities of the mixed chars were not always in between the reactivities of the pure component chars at comparable gasification conditions. Mixed char reactivity to CO{sub 2} was lower than the reactivities of both the pure Wyodak coal and pure corn stover chars to CO{sub 2}. In contrast, mixed char reactivity to H{sub 2}O was higher than the reactivities of both the pure Wyodak coal and pure corn stover chars to H{sub 2}O. This was found to be in part, a consequence of the reduced mass specific surface areas of the coal char particles formed during devolatilization when the coal and biomass particles are co-fired. The biomass particles devolatilize prior to the coal particles, impacting the temperature and the composition of the environment in which the coal particles devolatilize. This situation results in coal char particles within the mixed char that differ in specific surface area and reactivity from the coal char particles produced in the absence of the devolatilizing biomass particles. Due to presence of this “affected” coal char, it was not possible to develop a mixed char reactivity model that uses linear mixing rules to determine the reactivity of a mixed char from only the reactivities of the pure mixture components. However, it was possible to predict both mixed char specific surface area and reactivity for a wide range of fuel mixture rat os provided the specific surface area and reactivity of the affected coal char particles are known. Using the kinetic parameters determined for the Wyodak coal and corn stover chars, the model was found to adequately predict the observed conversion times a

  5. A model approach to highly dispersing catalytic materials in coal for gasification

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    Abotsi, G.M.K.; Bota, K.B.

    1992-01-01

    This project seeks to develop a technique, based on coal surface properties, for highly dispersing catalysts in coal for gasification and to investigate the potential of using potassium carbonate and calcium acetate mixtures as catalysts for coal gasification. The lower cost and higher catalytic activity of the latter compound will produce economic benefits by reducing the amount of K[sub 2]CO[sub 3] required for high coal char reactivities. As was shown in previous reports, coal loading with potassium or calcium at different pHs produced CO[sub 2] gasification activities which increased in the order pH 6 > pH 10 >>pH 1. A similar trend was obtained when calcium and potassium were simultaneously loaded and char reaction times were less than about 75 min. In the last quarter, the potential application of ammonia as a reactive medium for coal gasification has been investigated. This gas has not been previously applied to coal gasification. However, related work suggests that the potential chemical feedstock base can be broadened by using ammonia to generate hydrogen cyanide and cyanogen from coal. The current report shows that the reactivity of a demineralized lignite in ammonia is significantly higher in the presence of calcium or potassium catalyst than that for the char without added catalyst and suggests that ammonia is a potentially reactive gas for catalyzed coal gasification.

  6. Numerical simulation of entrained flow coal gasifiers. Part I: modeling of coal gasification in an entrained flow gasifier

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    Caixia Chen; Masayuki Horio; Toshinori Kojima

    2000-01-01

    A comprehensive three-dimensional simulation model was developed for entrained flow coal gasifiers. In the model, the numerical methods and the submodels conventionally used for the pulverized coal combustion modeling were used. An extended coal gas mixture fraction model with the Multi Solids Progress Variables (MSPV) method was applied to simulate the gasification reaction and reactant mixing process. Four mixture fractions

  7. DIFFUSION COATINGS FOR CORROSION RESISTANT COMPONENTS IN COAL GASIFICATION SYSTEMS

    SciTech Connect

    Gopala N. Krishnan; Ripudaman Malhotra; Angel Sanjurjo

    2004-05-01

    Heat-exchangers, particle filters, turbines, and other components in integrated coal gasification combined cycle system must withstand the highly sulfiding conditions of the high temperature coal gas over an extended period of time. The performance of components degrades significantly with time unless expensive high alloy materials are used. Deposition of a suitable coating on a low cost alloy may improve is resistance to such sulfidation attack and decrease capital and operating costs. The alloys used in the gasifier service include austenitic and ferritic stainless steels, nickel-chromium-iron alloys, and expensive nickel-cobalt alloys. A review of the literature indicated that the Fe- and Ni-based high-temperature alloys are susceptible to sulfidation attack unless they are fortified with high levels of Cr, Al, and Si. To impart corrosion resistance, these elements need not be in the bulk of the alloy and need only be present at the surface layers. We selected diffusion coatings of Cr and Al, and surface coatings of Si and Ti for the preliminary testing. These coatings will be applied using the fluidized bed chemical vapor deposition technique developed at SRI which is rapid and relatively inexpensive. We have procured coupons of typical alloys used in a gasifier. These coupons will be coated with Cr, Al, Si, and Ti. The samples will be tested in a bench-scale reactor using simulated coal gas compositions. In addition, we will be sending coated samples for insertion in the gas stream of the coal gasifier.

  8. Alaska coal gasification feasibility studies - Healy coal-to-liquids plant

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    Lawrence Van Bibber; Charles Thomas; Robert Chaney [Research & Development Solutions, LLC (United States)

    2007-07-15

    The Alaska Coal Gasification Feasibility Study entailed a two-phase analysis of the prospects for greater use of Alaska's abundant coal resources in industrial applications. Phase 1, Beluga Coal Gasification Feasibility Study (Report DOE/NETL 2006/1248) assessed the feasibility of using gasification technology to convert the Agrium fertilizer plant in Nikiski, Alaska, from natural gas to coal feedstock. The Phase 1 analysis evaluated coals from the Beluga field near Anchorage and from the Usibelli Coal Mine near Healy, both of which are low in sulfur and high in moisture. This study expands the results of Phase 1 by evaluating a similar sized gasification facility at the Usibelli Coal mine to supply Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) liquids to central Alaska. The plant considered in this study is small (14,640 barrels per day, bbl/d) compared to the recommended commercial size of 50,000 bbl/d for coal-to-liquid plants. The coal supply requirements for the Phase 1 analysis, four million tons per year, were assumed for the Phase 2 analysis to match the probable capacity of the Usibelli mining operations. Alaska refineries are of sufficient size to use all of the product, eliminating the need for F-T exports out of the state. The plant could produce marketable by-products such as sulfur as well as electric power. Slag would be used as backfill at the mine site and CO{sub 2} could be vented, captured or used for enhanced coalbed methane recovery. The unexpected curtailment of oil production from Prudhoe Bay in August 2006 highlighted the dependency of Alaskan refineries (with the exception of the Tesoro facility in Nikiski) on Alaska North Slope (ANS) crude. If the flow of oil from the North Slope declines, these refineries may not be able to meet the in-state needs for diesel, gasoline, and jet fuel. Additional reliable sources of essential fuel products would be beneficial. 36 refs., 14 figs., 29 tabs., 3 apps.

  9. Status of health and environmental research relative to coal gasification 1976 to the present

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    Wilzbach, K.E.; Reilly, C.A. Jr. (comps.)

    1982-10-01

    Health and environmental research relative to coal gasification conducted by Argonne National Laboratory, the Inhalation Toxicology Research Institute, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory under DOE sponsorship is summarized. The studies have focused on the chemical and toxicological characterization of materials from a range of process streams in five bench-scale, pilot-plant and industrial gasifiers. They also address ecological effects, industrial hygiene, environmental control technology performance, and risk assessment. Following an overview of coal gasification technology and related environmental concerns, integrated summaries of the studies and results in each area are presented and conclusions are drawn. Needed health and environmental research relative to coal gasification is identified.

  10. Interaction and its induced inhibiting or synergistic effects during co-gasification of coal char and biomass char.

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    Ding, Liang; Zhang, Yongqi; Wang, Zhiqing; Huang, Jiejie; Fang, Yitian

    2014-12-01

    Co-gasification of coal char and biomass char was conducted to investigate the interactions between them. And random pore model (RPM) and modified random pore model (MRPM) were applied to describe the gasification behaviors of the samples. The results show that inhibiting effect was observed during co-gasification of corn stalk char with Hulunbeier lignite coal char, while synergistic effects were observed during co-gasification of corn stalk char with Shenmu bituminous coal char and Jincheng anthracite coal char. The inhibiting effect was attributed to the intimate contact and comparable gasification rate between biomass char and coal char, and the loss of the active form of potassium caused by the formation of KAlSiO4, which was proved to be inactive during gasification. While the synergistic effect was caused by the high potassium content of biomass char and the significant difference of reaction rate between coal char and biomass char during gasification. PMID:25280109

  11. Thermal-Hydrological Sensitivity Analysis of Underground Coal Gasification

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    Buscheck, T A; Hao, Y; Morris, J P; Burton, E A

    2009-10-05

    This paper presents recent work from an ongoing project at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to develop a set of predictive tools for cavity/combustion-zone growth and to gain quantitative understanding of the processes and conditions (natural and engineered) affecting underground coal gasification (UCG). We discuss the application of coupled thermal-hydrologic simulation capabilities required for predicting UCG cavity growth, as well as for predicting potential environmental consequences of UCG operations. Simulation of UCG cavity evolution involves coupled thermal-hydrological-chemical-mechanical (THCM) processes in the host coal and adjoining rockmass (cap and bedrock). To represent these processes, the NUFT (Nonisothermal Unsaturated-saturated Flow and Transport) code is being customized to address the influence of coal combustion on the heating of the host coal and adjoining rock mass, and the resulting thermal-hydrological response in the host coal/rock. As described in a companion paper (Morris et al. 2009), the ability to model the influence of mechanical processes (spallation and cavity collapse) on UCG cavity evolution is being developed at LLNL with the use of the LDEC (Livermore Distinct Element Code) code. A methodology is also being developed (Morris et al. 2009) to interface the results of the NUFT and LDEC codes to simulate the interaction of mechanical and thermal-hydrological behavior in the host coal/rock, which influences UCG cavity growth. Conditions in the UCG cavity and combustion zone are strongly influenced by water influx, which is controlled by permeability of the host coal/rock and the difference between hydrostatic and cavity pressure. In this paper, we focus on thermal-hydrological processes, examining the relationship between combustion-driven heat generation, convective and conductive heat flow, and water influx, and examine how the thermal and hydrologic properties of the host coal/rock influence those relationships. Specifically, we conducted a parameter sensitivity analysis of the influence of thermal and hydrological properties of the host coal, caprock, and bedrock on cavity temperature and steam production.

  12. Assessment of advanced coal-gasification processes. [AVCO high throughput gasification in process; Bell High Mass Flux process; CS-R process; and Exxon Gasification process

    SciTech Connect

    McCarthy, J.; Ferrall, J.; Charng, T.; Houseman, J.

    1981-06-01

    This report represents a technical assessment of the following advanced coal gasification processes: AVCO High Throughput Gasification (HTG) Process, Bell Single - Stage High Mass Flux (HMF) Process, Cities Service/Rockwell (CS/R) Hydrogasification Process, and the Exxon Catalytic Coal Gasification (CCG) Process. Each process is evaluated for its potential to produce SNG from a bituminous coal. In addition to identifying the new technology these processes represent, key similarities/differences, strengths/weaknesses, and potential improvements to each process are identified. The AVCO HTG and the Bell HMF gasifiers share similarities with respect to: short residence time (SRT), high throughput rate, slagging and syngas as the initial raw product gas. The CS/R Hydrogasifier is also SRT but is non-slagging and produces a raw gas high in methane content. The Exxon CCG gasifier is a long residence time, catalytic fluidbed reactor producing all of the raw product methane in the gasifier.

  13. Reaction kinetics of pulverized coal-chars derived from inertinite-rich coal discards: Gasification with carbon dioxide and steam

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Raymond C. Everson; Hein W. J. P. Neomagus; Henry Kasaini; Delani Njapha

    2006-01-01

    An investigation was undertaken to determine the kinetics of gasification of coal-chars (pulverized) derived from typical South African inertinite-rich (high-ash) coals involving char reactions with carbon dioxide and steam and the effects of carbon monoxide and hydrogen. The chars used were characterized with respect to structural, chemical, mineralogical and petrographic (maceral content) properties and gasification experiments were conducted in a

  14. Postburn evaluation of the Hanna IV A and B UCG (underground coal gasification) experiments, Wyoming

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    R. L. Oliver; D. J. Sinks; G. Berdan

    1986-01-01

    Data from process monitoring, geophysical surveys, and postburn core studies were integrated to delineate the extent of affected coal and overburden at the Hanna IV A and B underground coal gasification experiment sites in southeastern Wyoming. The experiments were conducted from December 1977 to September 1979 in the Hanna No. 1 coal bed of the Eocene Hanna Formation. A postburn

  15. Performance of solid oxide fuel cells operated with coal syngas provided directly from a gasification process

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Gregory A. Hackett; Kirk R. Gerdes; Xueyan Song; Yun Chen; V. Shutthanandan; Mark H. Engelhard; Zihua Zhu; Suntharampillai Thevuthasan; Randall Gemmen

    2012-01-01

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are presently being developed for gasification integrated power plants that generate electricity from coal at 50+% efficiency. The interaction of trace metals in coal syngas with the Ni-based SOFC anodes is being investigated through thermodynamic analyses and in laboratory experiments, but direct test data from coal syngas exposure are sparsely available. This research effort evaluates

  16. Performance of solid oxide fuel cells operaated with coal syngas provided directly from a gasification process

    Microsoft Academic Search

    G. Hackett; K. Gerdes; X. Song; Y. Chen; V. Shutthanandan; M. Englehard; Z. Zhu; S. Thevuthasan; R. Gemmen

    2012-01-01

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are being developed for integrated gasification power plants that generate electricity from coal at 50% efficiency. The interaction of trace metals in coal syngas with Ni-based SOFC anodes is being investigated through thermodynamic analyses and in laboratory experiments, but test data from direct coal syngas exposure are sparsely available. This effort evaluates the significance of

  17. Simulation of coal gasification in a fluidized bed

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    O`Brien, T.J.

    1996-12-31

    In this analysis of coal gasification, a fundamental approach is used where a set of multiphase (Eulerian) fluid dynamic equations, obtained either by a suitable averaging technique (Anderson and Jackson, 1976; Drew, 1971) or the formulations of continuum mechanics (Drew, 1983), is used to describe the conservation of mass, momentum, and energy for three interpenetrating phases. The particles, like the fluidizing gas, are described as interpenetrating continua. Different particle types are treated as distinct phases; in this study, the feed coal and the bed char are represented as separate phases in order to account for their different histories. Constitutive laws account for the exchange of momentum between phases (``drag``) and interphase energy transfer. The stresses within the granular phases are determined by a formulation based on the kinetic theory, characterized by a ``granular temperature``. A computer code, based on this multiphase hydrodynamic model, has been developed at the Morgantown Energy Technology Center for the detailed simulation of gas and particle dynamics in heavily loaded coal conversion processes (Syamlal, Rogers, O`Brien, 1994; Syamlal, 1995). The hydrodynamic simulation showed the reactor operated in a jetting/bubbling mode. A gas jet penetrated a considerable distance into the bed, and then detached as ``bubbles`` which rose to the top of the column. The reaction scheme indicated that the feed coal did not begin to devolatilize until it had traversed this region, because of the time required to heat up. Thus, volatiles were not released in the jetting region of the bed, but higher in the bed. The oxygen fed with the coal, however, reacted immediately with the recirculating hot char. The net effect of the char reaction scheme was to created. CO, which burned in the region where.the jet detached, creating a, fairly stable ``flame``. The tar reaction scheme indicated that none of the tar escaped the bed.

  18. Diffusion Coatings for Corrosion Resistant Components in Coal Gasification Systems

    SciTech Connect

    Gopala N. Krishnan; Ripudaman Malhotra; Esperanza Alvarez; Kai-Hung Lau; Angel Sanjurjo

    2005-01-01

    Heat-exchangers, particle filters, turbines, and other components in integrated coal gasification combined cycle system must withstand the highly sulfiding conditions of the high temperature coal gas over an extended period of time. The performance of components degrades significantly with time unless expensive high alloy materials are used. Deposition of a suitable coating on a low cost alloy may improve its resistance to such sulfidation attack and decrease capital and operating costs. The alloys used in the gasifier service include austenitic and ferritic stainless steels, nickel-chromium-iron alloys, and expensive nickel-cobalt alloys. During this reporting period we focused on getting a bench-scale test system to expose alloy coupons to simulated gasifier environment. The test facility was designed to allow about 20 specimen coupons to be exposed simultaneously for an extend period to a simulated coal gas stream at temperatures up to 1000 C. The simulated gas stream contained about 26%H{sub 2}, 39%CO, 17%CO{sub 2}, 1.4% H{sub 2}S and balance steam. We successfully ran a 100+h test with coated and uncoated stainless steel coupons. The tested alloys include SS304, SS316, SS405, SS409, SS410, and IN800. The main finding is that Ti/Ta coating provides excellent protection to SS405 under conditions where uncoated austenitic and ferritic stainless steel alloy coupons are badly corroded. Cr coatings also appear to afford some protection against corrosion.

  19. ENCOAL mild coal gasification project public design and construction report

    SciTech Connect

    NONE

    1994-12-01

    This Public Design Report describes the 1000 ton per day ENCOAL mild coal gasification demonstration plant now in operation at the Buckskin Mine near Gillette, Wyoming. The objective of the project is to demonstrate that the proprietary Liquids From Coal (LFC) technology can reliably and economically convert low Btu PRB coal into a superior, high-Btu solid fuel (PDF), and an environmentally attractive low-sulfur liquid fuel (CDL). The Project`s plans also call for the production of sufficient quantities of PDF and CDL to permit utility companies to carry out full scale burn tests. While some process as well as mechanical design was done in 1988, the continuous design effort was started in July 1990. Civil construction was started in October 1990; mechanical erection began in May 1991. Virtually all of the planned design work was completed by July 1991. Most major construction was complete by April 1992 followed by plant testing and commissioning. Plant operation began in late May 1992. This report covers both the detailed design and initial construction aspects of the Project.

  20. Organic contaminants in groundwater mar an underground coal gasification site in northeastern Wyoming

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Daniel H. Stuermer; Douglas J. Ng; Clarence J. Morris

    1982-01-01

    Three groundwater samples collected near two underground coal gasification (UCG) sites 15 months after the end of gasification were analysed for dissolved organic contaminants. The contaminants consisted of phenols, aromatic carboxylic acids, aromatic hydrocarbons, ketones, aldehydes, pyridines, quinolines, isoquinolines, and aromatic amines. Concentrations ranged up to about 50 ppm with large variations both in the relative concentrations of acidic, neutral,

  1. Field test of large-scale hydrogen manufacturing from underground coal gasification (UCG)

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Lanhe Yang; Xing Zhang; Shuqin Liu; Li Yu; Weilian Zhang

    2008-01-01

    The paper explores the reliability of using an underground coal gasification (UCG) technique for hydrogen manufacturing. Methods for increasing the temperature in underground gasifier are analyzed with the aim of improving the hydrogen-manufacturing process. In this paper, the rationales behind hydrogen manufacturing in UCG is explained. The experimental conditions and process of the underground gasification in Woniushan Mine, Xuzhou, Jiangsu

  2. Innovative concepts for hydrogen production processes based on coal gasification with CO 2 capture

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Calin-Cristian Cormos; Fred Starr; Evangelos Tzimas; Stathis Peteves

    2008-01-01

    This paper investigates the technical aspects of innovative hydrogen production concepts based on coal gasification with CO2 capture. More specifically, it focuses on the technical evaluation and the assessment of performance of a number of plant configurations based on standard entrained-flow gasification processes (dry feed and slurry feed types) producing hydrogen at pipeline pressure, which incorporate improvements for increasing hydrogen

  3. ANALYSES OF GRAB SAMPLES FROM FIXED-BED COAL GASIFICATION PROCESSES

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives results of an analytical screening of selected effluent samples from operating coal gasification units. The work was done to aid in planning for future more comprehensive environmental test programs which will be conducted at gasification units both in the U.S. a...

  4. Comparison of results from underground coal gasification and from a stirred-bed producer

    Microsoft Academic Search

    D. D. Fischer; L. A. Schrider

    1975-01-01

    In the fall of 1972, the Bureau of Mines began an experiment to investigate underground gasification of a western subbituminous coal. The gasification site is near the town of Hanna, Wyoming, approximately 70 miles northwest of Laramie. Gas production rates have fluctuated from 50,000 to over 3 million standard cubic feet per day with a heating value from 30 to

  5. Coal gasification. Quarterly report, January-March 1979. [US DOE supported

    SciTech Connect

    None

    1980-01-01

    Progress in DOE-supported coal gasification pilot plant projects is reported: company, location, contract number, funding, process description, history and progress in the current quarter. Two support projects are discussed: preparation of a technical data book and mathematical modeling of gasification reactors. (LTN)

  6. Proceedings of the ninth annual underground coal gasification symposium

    SciTech Connect

    Wieber, P.R.; Martin, J.W.; Byrer, C.W. (eds.)

    1983-12-01

    The Ninth Underground Coal Gasification Symposium was held August 7 to 10, 1983 at the Indian Lakes Resort and Conference Center in Bloomingdale, Illinois. Over one-hundred attendees from industry, academia, National Laboratories, State Government, and the US Government participated in the exchange of ideas, results and future research plans. Representatives from six countries including France, Belgium, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, West Germany, and Brazil also participated by presenting papers. Fifty papers were presented and discussed in four formal sessions and two informal poster sessions. The presentations described current and future field testing plans, interpretation of field test data, environmental research, laboratory studies, modeling, and economics. All papers were processed for inclusion in the Energy Data Base.

  7. Corrosion performance of alumina scales in coal gasification environments

    SciTech Connect

    Natesan, K.

    1997-02-01

    Corrosion of metallic structural materials in complex gas environments of coal gasification is a potential problem. The corrosion process is dictated by concentrations of two key constituents: sulfur as H{sub 2}S and Cl as HCl. This paper examines the corrosion performance of alumina scales that are thermally grown on Fe-base alloys during exposure to O/S mixed-gas environments. The results are compared with the performance of chromia-forming alloys in similar environments. The paper also discusses the available information on corrosion performance of alloys whose surfaces were enriched with Al by the pack-diffusion process, by the electrospark deposition process, or by weld overlay techniques.

  8. Biological treatability of in situ coal gasification wastewater

    SciTech Connect

    Bryant, C.W.; Cawein, C.C.; King, P.H.

    1988-04-01

    Wastewater from an underground coal-gasification (UCG) pilot facility is degraded aerobically in laboratory chemostats for a period of seven months. Pretreatment includes only dilution and phosphorous addition. The experimental design includes solids retention times from 10 to 30 days and dilution rates of 25% and 50%. Aerobic biological treatment provides removal of 83-91% COD, 82-90% TOC, and 56%-87% ammonia. The results extend the range of UCG wastewater strength to be effectively treated by biological processes. Air stripping is not a significant mechanism for carbon removal, but is estimated to have removed from 0% to 68% of the ammonia, depending upon operating conditions. The suitability of attached growth systems for treatment of this wastewater is indicated by: (1) Solids settling properties that would require very long clarification times in a full-scale, activated sludge system; and (2) the enhanced COD-removal filamentous organisms in one reactor.

  9. Assessment of underground coal gasification in bituminous coals. Final report. Phase 1

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1982-01-31

    The bituminous coal resources of the contiguous 48 states are catalogued according to criteria which have, or may have, importance in determining the amenability of a coal resource, the efficiency of the UCG process, and the end use of the product gas. Coal seams thicker than five feet are emphasized. Catalogs are provided for two conditions: coal seams with dips less than thirty degrees and those with dips greater than thirty degrees in the portion of the United States east of the Mississippi River. The coal seams with shallow dips are evaluated to develop a catalog of coal seams, geographic areas, and coal quantities potentially amenable to the UCG process. A number of target areas potentially suitable for underground coal gasification projects have been identified and are described at length. These target areas are not the only ones potentially amenable to UCG technology: however, they have been identified from the literature, maps, and data reviewed for each of the coal-bearing states. The quantity of in-place coal resource required to fuel a 25 MW power generation station for 20 years is calculated as 3.5 million tons. The target areas identified contain far in excess of 3.5 million tons, since the level of detail of most published data is too gross to allow reliable delineation of such a small resource area. Based upon field observation, sites having greatest potential for a UCG project were delineated in the target areas not eliminated by the field reviews. Within each target area more than one UCG project can be sited, depending on availability of coal resource and results of detailed site evaluations. Detailed drilling programs will be necessary at all sites to confirm presence of the coal resource. The criteria used for site selection are listed.

  10. COAL GASIFICATION/GAS CLEANUP TEST FACILITY. VOLUME 5. PRELIMINARY ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT OF THE GASIFICATION AND GAS CLEANING OF NORTH CAROLINA PEAT

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives results from test runs at a small pilot-scale coal gasification and gas purification facility using North Carolina peat. Results from the peat gasification are compared with those obtained previously with a New Mexico subbituminous coal. The peat gas produced had...

  11. Results of the Centralia underground coal gasification field test

    SciTech Connect

    Hill, R.W.; Thorsness, C.B.; Cena, R.J.; Stephens, D.R.

    1984-08-01

    The Centralia Partial Seam CRIP (PSC) test described herein is the second test conducted at this site. The first test was done in the fall and winter of 1981 to 1982 when the Large Block (LBK) tests were successfully completed at the Centralia, Washington site. The LBK tests consisted of five small scale experiments in which approximately 900 to 1800 cubic feet (25 to 50 cubic meters) of coal were affected in each test. The LBK tests indicated that the Centralia site was a reasonable candidate for UCG. The PSC test was then conceived along with a third test, the Full Seam CRIP test, to provide the technical data needed to further evaluate the economic potential of UCG at the Centralia site, as well as enhance our general knowledge concerning the UCG process. The PSC test represents a 20 to 30 fold increase in scale over the LBK tests with the full-seam test representing another five fold increase in size. This series of three tests have become known as the Tono Basin Tests. During the active gasification phase, which lasted 30 days, 1400 cubic meters (2000 tons) of coal were affected. The test utilized primarily steam and oxygen as the injected reactants. Three distinct periods of gasification were observed. The initial period in which the vertical production well was in use which yielded a typical dry gas heating value of 219 kJ/mol (248 Btu/scf). This period was followed by a period of considerably higher gas quality, 261 kJ/mol (296 Btu/scf), which resulted from the switch to the slant production well and the CRIP maneuver. The final period began when a large-scale underground roof fall occurred and the typical dry gas heating value fell to 194 kJ/mol (220 Btu/scf). 7 references, 11 figures, 3 tables.

  12. Utilization of solid wastes from the gasification of coal-water slurries

    SciTech Connect

    M.Y. Shpirt; N.P. Goryunova [Institute for Fossil Fuels, Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2009-07-01

    It was found that only fly and bottom ashes are the solid wastes of water-coal slurry gasification in a direct-flow gasifier. The yields and chemical compositions of fly and bottom ashes obtained after the gasification of water-coal slurries prepared using brown (B) and long-flame (D) coals from the Berezovskii and Mokhovskii strip mines (Kansk-Achinsk and Kuznetsk Basins, respectively) were characterized. Based on an analysis of currently available information, the areas of utilization of fly and bottom ashes after water-coal slurry gasification with dry ash removal were summarized. The use of these wastes in the construction of high-ways and earthwork structures (for the parent coals of B and D grades) and in the manufacture of ash concrete (for the parent coal of D grade) is most promising.

  13. MATHEMATICAL MODELING OF EMISSIONS FROM COOLING TOWERS USING COAL GASIFICATION WASTEWATER

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report describes a computer program that calculates atmospheric emissions from counterflow cooling towers when using pretreated coal gasification wastewaters as tower makeup water. Air stripping and biological oxidation are both incorporated into the mathematical model as pos...

  14. Recent regulatory experience of low-Btu coal gasification. Volume III. Supporting case studies

    SciTech Connect

    Ackerman, E.; Hart, D.; Lethi, M.; Park, W.; Rifkin, S.

    1980-02-01

    The MITRE Corporation conducted a five-month study for the Office of Resource Applications in the Department of Energy on the regulatory requirements of low-Btu coal gasification. During this study, MITRE interviewed representatives of five current low-Btu coal gasification projects and regulatory agencies in five states. From these interviews, MITRE has sought the experience of current low-Btu coal gasification users in order to recommend actions to improve the regulatory process. This report is the third of three volumes. It contains the results of interviews conducted for each of the case studies. Volume 1 of the report contains the analysis of the case studies and recommendations to potential industrial users of low-Btu coal gasification. Volume 2 contains recommendations to regulatory agencies.

  15. Methodology for technology evaluation under uncertainty and its application in advanced coal gasification processes

    E-print Network

    Gong, Bo, Ph. D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    2011-01-01

    Integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) technology has attracted interest as a cleaner alternative to conventional coal-fired power generation processes. While a number of pilot projects have been launched to ...

  16. Co-gasification of coal and wood in a dual fluidized bed gasifier

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Isabella Aigner; Christoph Pfeifer; Hermann Hofbauer

    2011-01-01

    In the last decade the reduction of CO2 emissions from fossil fuels became a worldwide topic. Co-gasification of coal and wood provides an opportunity to combine the advantages of the well-researched usage of fossil fuels such as coal with CO2-neutral biomass. Gasification itself is a technology with many advantages. The producer gas can be used in many ways; for electric

  17. Process and technology development activities for in-situ coal gasification, FY 82

    Microsoft Academic Search

    1983-01-01

    As part of DOE's Underground Coal-Gasification program, activities at Sandia National Laboratories have been directed at Process and Technology Development. The project areas include (1) the development of a cornering water-jet drill for use in linking vertical wells in Underground Coal-Gasification (UCG) tests; (2) the development of a controlled-source audiofrequency magnetotelluric (CSAMT) surface geophysical technique for monitoring the process, and

  18. Technical analysis of advanced wastewater-treatment systems for coal-gasification plants

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1981-03-31

    This analysis of advanced wastewater treatment systems for coal gasification plants highlights the three coal gasification demonstration plants proposed by the US Department of Energy: The Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division Industrial Fuel Gas Demonstration Plant, the Illinois Coal Gasification Group Pipeline Gas Demonstration Plant, and the CONOCO Pipeline Gas Demonstration Plant. Technical risks exist for coal gasification wastewater treatment systems, in general, and for the three DOE demonstration plants (as designed), in particular, because of key data gaps. The quantities and compositions of coal gasification wastewaters are not well known; the treatability of coal gasification wastewaters by various technologies has not been adequately studied; the dynamic interactions of sequential wastewater treatment processes and upstream wastewater sources has not been tested at demonstration scale. This report identifies key data gaps and recommends that demonstration-size and commercial-size plants be used for coal gasification wastewater treatment data base development. While certain advanced treatment technologies can benefit from additional bench-scale studies, bench-scale and pilot plant scale operations are not representative of commercial-size facility operation. It is recommended that coal gasification demonstration plants, and other commercial-size facilities that generate similar wastewaters, be used to test advanced wastewater treatment technologies during operation by using sidestreams or collected wastewater samples in addition to the plant's own primary treatment system. Advanced wastewater treatment processes are needed to degrade refractory organics and to concentrate and remove dissolved solids to allow for wastewater reuse. Further study of reverse osmosis, evaporation, electrodialysis, ozonation, activated carbon, and ultrafiltration should take place at bench-scale.

  19. Hanna, Wyoming underground coal gasification data base. Volume 1. General information and executive summary

    SciTech Connect

    Bartke, T.C.; Fischer, D.D.; King, S.B.; Boyd, R.M.; Humphrey, A.E.

    1985-08-01

    This report is part of a seven-volume series on the Hanna, Wyoming, underground coal gasification field tests. Volume 1 is a summary of the project and each of Volumes 2 through 6 describes a particular test. Volume 7 is a compilation. This report covers: (1) history of underground coal gasification leading to the Hanna tests; (2) area characteristics (basic meteorological and socioeconomic data); (3) site selection history; (4) site characteristics; (5) permitting; and (6) executive summary. 5 figs., 15 tabs.

  20. Online compositional analysis in coal gasification environment using laser-induced plasma technology

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Deng, Kung-Li; Wu, Juntao; Wang, Zhe; Lee, Boon; Guida, Renato

    2006-08-01

    Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) power plants have great potential for future clean-coal power generation. Today, the quality of coal is measured by sampling coal using various offline methods, and the syn-gas composition is determined by taking samples downstream of the gasifier and measured by gas chromatograph (GC). Laser induced plasma technology has demonstrated high sensitivity for elementary detection. The capability of free space transmission and focusing of laser beam makes laser induced plasma a unique technology for online compositional analysis in coal gasification environment and optimization control.

  1. Chemometric Study of the Ex Situ Underground Coal Gasification Wastewater Experimental Data.

    PubMed

    Smoli?ski, Adam; Sta?czyk, Krzysztof; Kapusta, Krzysztof; Howaniec, Natalia

    2012-11-01

    The main goal of the study was the analysis of the parameters of wastewater generated during the ex situ underground coal gasification (UCG) experiments on lignite from Belchatow, and hard coal from Ziemowit and Bobrek coal mines, simulated in the ex situ reactor. The UCG wastewater may pose a potential threat to the groundwater since it contains high concentrations of inorganic (i.e., ammonia nitrogen, nitrites, chlorides, free and bound cyanides, sulfates and trace elements: As, B, Cr, Zn, Al, Cd, Co, Mn, Cu, Mo, Ni, Pb, Hg, Se, Ti, Fe) and organic (i.e., phenolics, benzene and their alkyl derivatives, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) contaminants. The principal component analysis and hierarchical clustering analysis enabled to effectively explore the similarities and dissimilarities between the samples generated in lignite and hard coal oxygen gasification process in terms of the amounts and concentrations of particular components. The total amount of wastewater produced in lignite gasification process was higher than the amount generated in hard coal gasification experiments. The lignite gasification wastewater was also characterized by the highest contents of acenaphthene, phenanthrene, anthracene, fluoranthene, and pyrene, whereas hard coal gasification wastewater was characterized by relatively higher concentrations of nitrites, As, Cr, Cu, benzene, toluene, xylene, benzo(a)anthracene, chrysene, benzo(b)fluoranthene, benzo(k)fluoranthene, and benzo(a)pyrene. PMID:23136453

  2. DIFFUSION COATINGS FOR CORROSION RESISTANT COMPONENTS IN COAL GASIFICATION SYSTEMS

    SciTech Connect

    Gopala N. Krishnan; Ripudaman Malhotra; Esperanza Alvarez; Kai-Hung Lau; Angel Sanjurjo

    2005-01-01

    Heat-exchangers, particle filters, turbines, and other components in integrated coal gasification combined cycle system must withstand the highly sulfiding conditions of the high temperature coal gas over an extended period of time. The performance of components degrades significantly with time unless expensive high alloy materials are used. Deposition of a suitable coating on a low cost alloy may improve is resistance to such sulfidation attack and decrease capital and operating costs. The alloys used in the gasifier service include austenitic and ferritic stainless steels, nickel-chromium-iron alloys, and expensive nickel-cobalt alloys. During this reporting period we coated coupons of selected alloy steels with diffusion coatings of Cr and Al, as well as with titanium and tantalum nitrides. The coated samples were analyzed for their surface composition. In several instances, the samples were also cut to determine the depth profile of the coating. Several of the early runs did not yield uniform or deep enough coatings and hence a significant portion of the effort in this period was devoted fixing the problems with our fluidized bed reactor. Before the end of the quarter we had prepared a number of samples, many of them in duplicates, and sent one set to Wabash River Energy Laboratory for them to install in their gasifier. The gasifier was undergoing a scheduled maintenance and thus presented an opportunity to place some of our coupons in the stream of an operating gasifier. The samples submitted included coated and uncoated pairs of different alloys.

  3. Two-stage coal gasification and desulfurization apparatus

    DOEpatents

    Bissett, Larry A. (Morgantown, WV); Strickland, Larry D. (Morgantown, WV)

    1991-01-01

    The present invention is directed to a system which effectively integrates a two-stage, fixed-bed coal gasification arrangement with hot fuel gas desulfurization of a first stream of fuel gas from a lower stage of the two-stage gasifier and the removal of sulfur from the sulfur sorbent regeneration gas utilized in the fuel-gas desulfurization process by burning a second stream of fuel gas from the upper stage of the gasifier in a combustion device in the presence of calcium-containing material. The second stream of fuel gas is taken from above the fixed bed in the coal gasifier and is laden with ammonia, tar and sulfur values. This second stream of fuel gas is burned in the presence of excess air to provide heat energy sufficient to effect a calcium-sulfur compound forming reaction between the calcium-containing material and sulfur values carried by the regeneration gas and the second stream of fuel gas. Any ammonia values present in the fuel gas are decomposed during the combustion of the fuel gas in the combustion chamber. The substantially sulfur-free products of combustion may then be combined with the desulfurized fuel gas for providing a combustible fluid utilized for driving a prime mover.

  4. Designing process wells for an underground coal-gasification environment

    SciTech Connect

    Thompson, D.S.

    1981-06-01

    Recent large-scale field experiments designed to advance the state of underground coal gasification (UCG) technology have forced the recognition of some critical uncertainties associated with the UCG process. Among the most important of these uncertainties occurs in attempting to define the reaction zone geometry. Batch processing of a flat-lying coal seam between two process wells involves complex flow patterns, any number of separate reaction zones, and interactions with surrounding media. All of these factors have significant impact on the overall efficiency of the UCG process, and all of them in turn are strongly affected by success or failure in maintaining the integrity of the process wells. The reasons why process well integrity is so important are covered here in a review and evaluation of significant data generated from various field tests, including identification of well failure mechanisms. We observe a close relationship between process well behavior and process performance, which leads us to conclude that reliable process well performance is critical in establishing and maintaining control over the UCG process. As a logical extension of this evaluation, we develop design and performance criteria for UCG process wells. Applications to the next generation of field tests are presented in the form of proposed design features for UCG process wells, features intended to prevent the failure modes that have occurred in past field experiments.

  5. Natural restoration of ground water in UCG. [Underground coal gasification

    SciTech Connect

    Humenick, M.J.; Britton, L.N.; Mattox, C.F.

    1982-01-01

    Data collected after underground coal-gasification field tests indicated that the concentrations of organic contaminants in the ground water decrease with time, apparently due to two natural processes - adsorption and biological degradation. Batch isotherm tests of the adsorption mechanism showed that 1) low-molecular-weight phenolic materials (the most prevalent contaminants) are the least likely to be adsorbed from the ground water, while high-molecular-weight polynuclear aromatics (PNA) are adsorbed most easily, 2) the adsorptive affinity of a compound increases with alkylation and ring addition, 3) the adsorptive affinity of aromatic hydrocarbons decreases progressively with insertion of oxygen or sulfur in the ring, insertion of nitrogen in the ring, amination of the ring, and conversion to the phenolic derivative, 4) the adsorption characteristics for a Hanna coal and a Texas lignite are similar, and 5) filtration cannot be used in laboratory studies of PNA because of adsorption to the filter. Analyses of the microbial composition of ground water from a UCG test site in Texas suggested that in situ biodegradation of UCG contaminants can occur. Microbial degradation depends on the concentration of dissolved oxygen; for maximal growth of organisms of UCG products, a limited concentration of oxygen - similar to levels measured in the ground water - is preferable to totally aerobic or anaerobic conditions. These microaerobic conditions might take part in the nitrification and nitrate respiration-dependent processes during biodegradation.

  6. Coal-gasification kinetics derived from pyrolysis in a fluidized-bed reactor

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Jong Min Lee; Yong Jeon Kim; Woon Jae Lee; Sang Done Kim

    1998-01-01

    Coal pyrolysis and gasification reactions were carried out in a fluidized-bed reactor (0.1m i.d. by 1.6m height) over a temperature range from 1023 to 1173K at atmospheric pressure. The overall gasification kinetics for the steam–char and oxygen–char reactions were determined in a thermobalance reactor. The compositions of the product gases from the coal-gasification reactions are 30–40% H2, 23–28% CO, 27–35%

  7. COAL GASIFICATION/GAS CLEANUP TEST FACILITY: VOLUME II. ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT OF OPERATION WITH DEVOLATILIZED BITUMINOUS COAL AND CHILLED METHANOL

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives results of initial runs of a pilot-scale coal gasification and gas cleaning plant at North Carolina State University. In these runs, a devolatilized Western Kentucky No. 11 bituminous coal was gasified with steam and oxygen, and chilled methanol was used as the a...

  8. Factors governing reactivity in low temperature coal gasification. Part II. An attempt to correlate conversions with inorganic and mineral constituents

    Microsoft Academic Search

    L Lemaignen; Y Zhuo; G. P Reed; D. R Dugwell; R Kandiyoti

    2002-01-01

    Links between extents of coal gasification and the amounts and compositions of mineral components in coals have been investigated. The influence of demineralisation and impregnation with various inorganic components on the pyrolysis and CO2-gasification behaviour of two coals have been examined at 0.1 and 1MPa. The effect of mineral matter on pyrolysis and gasification behaviour has also been examined by

  9. Combustion and gasification characteristics of chars from four commercially significant coals of different rank. Final report

    SciTech Connect

    Nsakala, N.Y.; Patel, R.L.; Lao, T.C.

    1982-09-01

    The combustion and gasification kinetics of four size graded coal chars were investigated experimentally in Combustion Engineering's Drop Tube Furnace System (DTFS). The chars were prepared in the DTFS from commercially significant coals representing a wide range of rank; these included a Pittsburgh No. 8 Seam hvAb coal, an Illinois No. 6 Seam hvCb coal, a Wyoming Sub C, and a Texas Lignite A. Additionally, a number of standard ASTM and special bench scale tests were performed on the coals and chars to characterize their physicochemical properties. Results showed that the lower rank coal chars were more reactive than the higher rank coal chars and that combustion reactions of chars were much faster than the corresponding gasification reactions. Fuel properties, temperature, and reactant gas partial pressure had a significant influence on both combustion and gasification, and particle size had a mild but discernible influence on gasification. Fuel reactivities were closely related to pore structure. Computer simulation of the combustion and gasification performances of the subject samples in the DTFS supported the experimental findings.

  10. Assessment of underground coal gasification in bituminous coals. Volume I. Executive summary. Final report

    SciTech Connect

    None

    1981-01-01

    This report describes the bituminous coal resources of the United States, identifies those resources which are potentially amenable to Underground Coal Gasification (UCG), identifies products and markets in the vicinity of selected target areas, identifies UCG concepts, describes the state of the art of UCG in bituminous coal, and presents three R and D programs for development of the technology to the point of commercial viability. Of the 670 billion tons of bituminous coal remaining in-place as identified by the National Coal Data System, 32.2 billion tons or 4.8% of the total are potentially amenable to UCG technology. The identified amenable resource was located in ten states: Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia. The principal criteria which eliminated 87.3% of the resource was the minimum thickness (42 inches). Three R and D programs were developed using three different concepts at two different sites. Open Borehole, Hydraulic Fracture, and Electrolinking concepts were developed. The total program costs for each concept were not significantly different. The study concludes that much of the historical information based on UCG in bituminous coals is not usable due to the poor siting of the early field tests and a lack of adequate diagnostic equipment. This information gap requires that much of the early work be redone in view of the much improved understanding of the role of geology and hydrology in the process and the recent development of analytical tools and methods.

  11. Ground movements associated with large-scale underground coal gasification

    SciTech Connect

    Siriwardane, H.J.; Layne, A.W.

    1989-09-01

    The primary objective of this work was to predict the surface and underground movement associated with large-scale multiwell burn sites in the Illinois Basin and Appalachian Basin by using the subsidence/thermomechanical model UCG/HEAT. This code is based on the finite element method. In particular, it can be used to compute (1) the temperature field around an underground cavity when the temperature variation of the cavity boundary is known, and (2) displacements and stresses associated with body forces (gravitational forces) and a temperature field. It is hypothesized that large Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) cavities generated during the line-drive process will be similar to those generated by longwall mining. If that is the case, then as a UCG process continues, the roof of the cavity becomes unstable and collapses. In the UCG/HEAT computer code, roof collapse is modeled using a simplified failure criterion (Lee 1985). It is anticipated that roof collapse would occur behind the burn front; therefore, forward combustion can be continued. As the gasification front propagates, the length of the cavity would become much larger than its width. Because of this large length-to-width ratio in the cavity, ground response behavior could be analyzed by considering a plane-strain idealization. In a plane-strain idealization of the UCG cavity, a cross-section perpendicular to the axis of propagation could be considered, and a thermomechanical analysis performed using a modified version of the two-dimensional finite element code UCG/HEAT. 15 refs., 9 figs., 3 tabs.

  12. Great Plains Coal Gasification Project: Quarterly technical progress report, April-June 1988 (Fourth fiscal quarter, 1987-1988)

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1988-07-29

    This progress report describes the operation of the Great Plains Gasification Plant, including lignite coal production, SNG production, gas quality, by-products, and certain problems encountered. (LTN)

  13. Viability of underground coal gasification in the 'deep coals' of the Powder River Basin, Wyoming

    SciTech Connect

    NONE

    2007-06-15

    The objective of this work is to evaluate the PRB coal geology, hydrology, infrastructure, environmental and permitting requirements and to analyze the possible UCG projects which could be developed in the PRB. Project economics on the possible UCG configurations are presented to evaluate the viability of UCG. There are an estimated 510 billion tons of sub-bituminous coal in the Powder River Basin (PRB) of Wyoming. These coals are found in extremely thick seams that are up to 200 feet thick. The total deep coal resource in the PRB has a contained energy content in excess of twenty times the total world energy consumption in 2002. However, only approximately five percent of the coal resource is at depths less than 500 feet and of adequate thickness to be extracted by open pit mining. The balance is at depths between 500 and 2,000 feet below the surface. These are the PRB 'deep coals' evaluated for UCG in this report. The coal deposits in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming are thick, laterally continuous, and nearly flat lying. These deposits are ideal for development by Underground Coal Gasification. The thick deep coal seams of the PRB can be harvested using UCG and be protective of groundwater, air resources, and with minimum subsidence. Protection of these environmental values requires correct site selection, site characterization, impact definition, and impact mitigation. The operating 'lessons learned' of previous UCG operations, especially the 'Clean Cavity' concepts developed at Rocky Mountain 1, should be incorporated into the future UCG operations. UCG can be conducted in the PRB with acceptable environmental consequences. The report gives the recommended development components for UCG commercialization. 97 refs., 31 figs., 57 tabs., 1 app.

  14. From coal to biomass gasification: Comparison of thermodynamic efficiency

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Mark J. Prins; Krzysztof J. Ptasinski; Frans J. J. G. Janssen

    2007-01-01

    The effect of fuel composition on the thermodynamic efficiency of gasifiers and gasification systems is studied. A chemical equilibrium model is used to describe the gasifier. It is shown that the equilibrium model presents the highest gasification efficiency that can be possibly attained for a given fuel. Gasification of fuels with varying composition of organic matter, in terms of O\\/C

  15. Underground coal gasification of steeply dipping coal beds; a second generation synthetic fuels process

    SciTech Connect

    Davis, B.E.; Ahner, P.F.; Singelton, A.H.

    1982-08-01

    In situ gasification of steeply dipping coal beds (UCG-SDB) has significant advantages over the more conventional horizontal UCG. In fact, the UCG-SDB process appears to be both technically and operationally competitive with surface gasifiers. The results of the Rawlins UCG-SDB field test program suggest that the process can compete with more conventional sources of synthesis gas on an economic basis. The SDB process mechanism has several advantages over the horizontal process and performs in a fashion similar to surface packedbed reactors. The oxygen requirements for the process are quite low and the degree of process control observed at Rawlins is very attractive.

  16. Fundamental research on novel process alternatives for coal gasification: Final report

    SciTech Connect

    Hill, A H; Knight, R A; Anderson, G L; Feldkirchner, H L; Babu, S P

    1986-10-01

    The Institute of Gas Technology has conducted a fundamental research program to determine the technical feasibility of and to prepare preliminary process evaluations for two new approaches to coal gasification. These two concepts were assessed under two major project tasks: Task 1. CO/sub 2/-Coal Gasification Process Concept; Task 2. Internal Recirculation Catalysts Coal Gasification Process Concept. The first process concept involves CO/sub 2/-O/sub 2/ gasification of coal followed by CO/sub 2/ removal from the hot product gas by a solid MgO-containing sorbent. The sorbent is regenerated by either a thermal- or a pressure-swing step and the CO/sub 2/ released is recycled back to the gasifier. The product is a medium-Btu gas. The second process concept involves the use of novel ''semivolatile'' materials as internal recirculating catalysts for coal gasification. These materials remain in the gasifier because their vapor pressure-temperature behavior is such that they will be in the vapor state at the hotter, char exit part of the reactor and will condense in the colder, coal-inlet part of the reactor. 21 refs., 43 figs., 43 tabs.

  17. POLLUTANTS FROM SYNTHETIC FUELS PRODUCTION: ENVIRONMENTAL EVALUATION OF COAL GASIFICATION SCREENING TESTS

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives results of an environmental evaluation of 38 screening test runs using a laboratory-scale, fixed-bed coal gasifier to study pollutants generated during the gasification of various coals. Pollutants were identified and quantitative analyses performed for tars, aqu...

  18. Results of the groundwater restoration project, Hanna Underground Coal Gasification Test Site, Wyoming: Topical report

    Microsoft Academic Search

    1988-01-01

    Underground coal gasification (UCG) experiments conducted during the 1970s at the Department of Energy (DOE) site near Hanna, Wyoming, formed six underground cavities in the Hanna No. 1 coal seam, an aquifer of low permeability. When the first Hanna UCG experiment began in March 1973, researchers had little information about what effects the geologic or hydrologic characteristics of the area

  19. COAL GASIFICATION/GAS CLEANUP TEST FACILITY: VOLUME I. DESCRIPTION AND OPERATION

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report describes an integrated fluidized-bed coal gasification reactor and acid gas removal system. The gasifier operates at 100 psig at up to 2000 F, and has a coal feed capacity of 50 lb/hr. The gas cleaning system contains a cyclone, a venturi scrubber, and an absorber/fla...

  20. The relevance of thermal annealing to the evolution of coal char gasification reactivity

    Microsoft Academic Search

    O. Senneca; P. Russo; P. Salatino; S. Masi

    1997-01-01

    The present work is focused on the influence of the severity of heat treatment of coals during pyrolysis and\\/or early stages of carbon oxidation on the reactivity of the resulting char towards further gasification. Thermogravimetric analysis has been directed to characterize the reactivity of heat treated samples of a bituminous coal in atmospheres containing different carbon dioxide partial pressures. Carbonization

  1. Combination of thermochemical recuperative coal gasification cycle and fuel cell for power generation

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Prapan Kuchonthara; Sankar Bhattacharya; Atsushi Tsutsumi

    2005-01-01

    An integrated power generation cycle combining thermochemical recuperation, brown coal gasification and a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) was proposed based on the concept of thermochemical recuperative energy. Process simulation combining the coal gasifier, gas turbine cycle, and SOFC module was conducted using the ASPEN Plus process simulation tool. The simulation indicated that the cycle efficiency increases from 39.5% (HHV)

  2. Chemical and toxicological evaluation of underground coal gasification (UCG) effluents. The coal rank effect.

    PubMed

    Kapusta, Krzysztof; Sta?czyk, Krzysztof

    2015-02-01

    The effect of coal rank on the composition and toxicity of water effluents resulting from two underground coal gasification experiments with distinct coal samples (lignite and hard coal) was investigated. A broad range of organic and inorganic parameters was determined in the sampled condensates. The physicochemical tests were supplemented by toxicity bioassays based on the luminescent bacteria Vibrio fischeri as the test organism. The principal component analysis and Pearson correlation analysis were adopted to assist in the interpretation of the raw experimental data, and the multiple regression statistical method was subsequently employed to enable predictions of the toxicity based on the values of the selected parameters. Significant differences in the qualitative and quantitative description of the contamination profiles were identified for both types of coal under study. Independent of the coal rank, the most characteristic organic components of the studied condensates were phenols, naphthalene and benzene. In the inorganic array, ammonia, sulphates and selected heavy metals and metalloids were identified as the dominant constituents. Except for benzene with its alkyl homologues (BTEX), selected polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), zinc and selenium, the values of the remaining parameters were considerably greater for the hard coal condensates. The studies revealed that all of the tested UCG condensates were extremely toxic to V. fischeri; however, the average toxicity level for the hard coal condensates was approximately 56% higher than that obtained for the lignite. The statistical analysis provided results supporting that the toxicity of the condensates was most positively correlated with the concentrations of free ammonia, phenols and certain heavy metals. PMID:25463860

  3. Coal gasification. (Latest citations from the US Patent bibliographic file with exemplary claims). Published Search

    SciTech Connect

    NONE

    1997-06-01

    The bibliography contains citations of selected patents concerning methods and processes for the gasification of coals. Included are patents for a variety of processes, including fluidized beds, alkali-metal catalytic systems, fixed beds, hot inert heat transfer; and in-situ, pressurized, and steam-iron processes. Topics also include catalyst recovery, desulfurization during gasification, heating methods, pretreatment of coals, heat recovery, electrical power generation, byproduct applications, and pollution control. Liquefaction of coal is examined in a related published bibliography. (Contains 50-250 citations and includes a subject term index and title list.) (Copyright NERAC, Inc. 1995)

  4. Coal gasification. (Latest citations from the US Patent bibliographic file with exemplary claims). Published Search

    SciTech Connect

    NONE

    1995-01-01

    The bibliography contains citations of selected patents concerning methods and processes for the gasification of coals. Included are patents for a variety of processes, including fluidized beds, alkali-metal catalytic systems, fixed beds, hot inert heat transfer; and in-situ, pressurized, and steam-iron processes. Topics also include catalyst recovery, desulfurization during gasification, heating methods, pretreatment of coals, heat recovery, electrical power generation, byproduct applications, and pollution control. Liquefaction of coal is examined in a related published bibliography. (Contains 250 citations and includes a subject term index and title list.)

  5. Coal gasification. (Latest citations from the US Patent bibliographic file with exemplary claims). Published Search

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1994-03-01

    The bibliography contains citations of selected patents concerning methods and processes for the gasification of coals. Included are patents for a variety of processes, including fluidized beds, alkali-metal catalytic systems, fixed beds, hot inert heat transfer; and in-situ, pressurized, and steam-iron processes. Topics also include catalyst recovery, desulfurization during gasification, heating methods, pretreatment of coals, heat recovery, electrical power generation, byproduct applications, and pollution control. Liquefaction of coal is examined in a related published bibliography. (Contains 250 citations and includes a subject term index and title list.)

  6. Development of a predictive, underground coal gasification model for eastern bituminous coal: Technical note

    SciTech Connect

    Layne, A.W.; Wang, S.-H.

    1988-05-01

    This report describes a channel-type, underground coal gasification (UCG) model for eastern coal. Previous studies have indicated that it is technically and economically feasible to use a UCG process to obtain medium-heating-value gas in the Illinois Basin and its vicinity. A reliable, predictive model is needed to support the research and development of UCG. Modeling studies are less expensive than field tests and they help researchers compute the process characteristics for a range of parameters and conditions. The concepts and approaches of developing a model for eastern coal are based on existing models for western coal, while recognizing the differences between the physical and chemical phenomena in the UCG of eastern and western coals. The interactions among different parts of a UCG system and the irregular system dimensions are the major difficulties in solving equations of a channel-type, thin-seam UCG model. Possible ways of resolving these difficulties are suggested and incorporated into the proposed model. 55 refs., 15 figs., 3 tabs.

  7. Physical and numerical modeling results for controlling groundwater contaminants following shutdown of underground coal gasification processes

    SciTech Connect

    Boysen, J.E.; Mones, C.G.; Glaser, R.R.; Sullivan, S.

    1987-03-01

    Groundwater contamination has resulted from some of in-situ gasification field tests, and concern over groundwater contamination may hamper commercialization. When UCG recovery operations are terminated, energy remains stored as heat in the adjacent masses of rock and coal ash, and this energy is transferred into the coal seam. Coal continues to pyrolyze as a result of the transferred energy; the products of this coal pyrolysis are a source of groundwater contamination resulting from UCG. A laboratory simulator was developed, and six simulations of UCG postburn coal pyrolysis have been completed. The simulations show that the products of coal pyrolysis are the source of most contaminants associated with UCG operations. Injection of water directly into the UCG cavity can limit postburn coal pyrolysis and reduce the production of contaminants by cooling the masses of rubble and coal ash in the cavity. Water flow through the coal towards the cavity also limits postburn pyrolysis and subsequent contaminant generation; however, steam produced in the heated portions of the coal limits the rate of water flow. Simulation results indicate that UCG field tests should be operated so that the flow of pyrolysis liquids and gases into the formation is prevented and that the natural influx of water into the cavity is allowed. This can be accomplished by minimizing gas leakage to the formation during gasification, venting the cavity after the gasification process is complete, and maintaining low postburn cavity pressures. 11 refs., 17 figs., 17 tabs.

  8. Geochemistry of ultra-fine and nano-compounds in coal gasification ashes: a synoptic view.

    PubMed

    Kronbauer, Marcio A; Izquierdo, Maria; Dai, Shifeng; Waanders, Frans B; Wagner, Nicola J; Mastalerz, Maria; Hower, James C; Oliveira, Marcos L S; Taffarel, Silvio R; Bizani, Delmar; Silva, Luis F O

    2013-07-01

    The nano-mineralogy, petrology, and chemistry of coal gasification products have not been studied as extensively as the products of the more widely used pulverized-coal combustion. The solid residues from the gasification of a low- to medium-sulfur, inertinite-rich, volatile A bituminous coal, and a high sulfur, vitrinite-rich, volatile C bituminous coal were investigated. Multifaceted chemical characterization by XRD, Raman spectroscopy, petrology, FE-SEM/EDS, and HR-TEM/SEAD/FFT/EDS provided an in-depth understanding of coal gasification ash-forming processes. The petrology of the residues generally reflected the rank and maceral composition of the feed coals, with the higher rank, high-inertinite coal having anisotropic carbons and inertinite in the residue, and the lower rank coal-derived residue containing isotropic carbons. The feed coal chemistry determines the mineralogy of the non-glass, non-carbon portions of the residues, with the proportions of CaCO? versus Al?O? determining the tendency towards the neoformation of anorthite versus mullite, respectively. Electron beam studies showed the presence of a number of potentially hazardous elements in nanoparticles. Some of the neoformed ultra-fine/nano-minerals found in the coal ashes are the same as those commonly associated with oxidation/transformation of sulfides and sulfates. PMID:23584038

  9. Instrumentation for optimizing an underground coal-gasification process

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Seabaugh, W.; Zielinski, R. E.

    1982-06-01

    While the United States has a coal resource base of 6.4 trillion tons, only seven percent is presently recoverable by mining. The process of in-situ gasification can recover another twenty-eight percent of the vast resource, however, viable technology must be developed for effective in-situ recovery. The key to this technology is system that can optimize and control the process in real-time. An instrumentation system is described that optimizes the composition of the injection gas, controls the in-situ process and conditions the product gas for maximum utilization. The key elements of this system are Monsanto PRISM Systems, a real-time analytical system, and a real-time data acquisition and control system. This system provides from complete automation of the process but can easily be overridden by manual control. The use of this cost effective system can provide process optimization and is an effective element in developing a viable in-situ technology.

  10. Pyrolysis and gasification of coal at high temperatures

    SciTech Connect

    Zygourakis, K.

    1990-01-01

    We made considerable progress towards developing a thermogravimetric reactor with in-situ video imaging capability (TGA/IVIM). Such a reactor will allow us to observe macroscopic changes in the morphology of pyrolyzing particles and thermal ignitions while monitoring at the time the weight of pyrolyzing or reacting samples. The systematic investigation on the effects of pyrolysis conditions and char macropore structure on char reactivity continued. Pyrolysis and gasification experiments were performed consecutively in our TGA reactor and the char reactivity patterns were measured for a wide range of temperatures (400 to 600[degrees]C). These conditions cover both the kinetic and the diffusion limited regimes. Our results show conclusively that chars produced at high pyrolysis heating rates (and, therefore, having a more open cellular macropore structure) are more reactive and ignite more easily than chars pyrolyzed at low heating rates. These results have been explained using available predictions from theoretical models. We also investigated for the first time the effect of coal particle size and external mass transfer limitations on the reactivity patterns and ignition behavior of char particles combusted in air. Finally, we used our hot stage reactor to monitor the structural transformations occurring during pyrolysis via a video microscopy system. Pyrolysis experiments were videotaped and particle swelling and the particle ignitions were determined and analyzed using digitized images from these experiments.

  11. Sweep efficiency models for underground coal gasification: a critical assessment

    SciTech Connect

    Riggs, J.B.; Edgar, T.F.

    1983-01-01

    Nine cavity growth models for underground coal gasification are described and critiqued with respect to the way in which each model considers cavity geometry, cavity growth mechanisms, fluid flow, heat/mass transfer and experimental verification. Finally, the authors indicate what they feel is necessary in order to develop a realistic, reliable UCG cavity growth model that can be used for developing site selection criteria and optimizing the operational parameters of the process. Although UCG cavity growth models have made a significant contribution to the understanding of the cavity growth process, there is not currently a viable UCG cavity growth model that can be used a priori to predict the growth of the cavity. A number of the models that are discussed have been used to predict field test results by using such methods as adjusting parameters or making arbitrary assumptions. As a result, these models are unsuccessful when applied to field test for which they have not been calibrated. The situation has resulted because the UCG cavity growth models to date have not accurately described in their models the factors controlling the growth of the cavity.

  12. Corrosion and degradation of test materials in the BI-GAS coal-gasification pilot plant

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. Yurkewycz; R. F. Firestone

    1982-01-01

    Corrosion monitoring of test materials was conducted in the BI-GAS coal gasification pilot plant from 1976 through 1981. Montana Rosebud subbituminous coal was processed at pressures of 750 psia (5175 kPa). Metals were exposed at low to moderate temperatures (700°F (371°C)) in the coal preparation area, gasifier slag quench, and the product gas scrubbing system. Refractories and metals were evaluated

  13. Characteristics of entrained flow coal gasification in a drop tube reactor

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Jae Goo Lee; Jae Ho Kim; Hyo Jin Lee; Tae Jun Park; Sang Done Kim

    1996-01-01

    The effects of reaction temperature, oxygen\\/coal and steam\\/coal ratios and residence time on coal gasification performance in entrained flow were determined by means of a drop tube reactor (0.05 m.i.d. × 1.0 m high). The H2CO molar ratio decreases with increasing reaction temperature and the H2 + CO content of the product gas exhibit a maximum around the ash fusion

  14. UTILIZATION OF LIGHTWEIGHT MATERIALS MADE FROM COAL GASIFICATION SLAGS

    SciTech Connect

    None

    1998-12-24

    The integrated-gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) process is an emerging technology that utilizes coal for power generation and production of chemical feedstocks. However, the process generates large amounts of solid waste, consisting of vitrified ash (slag) and some unconverted carbon. In previous projects, Praxis investigated the utilization of ''as-generated'' slags for a wide variety of applications in road construction, cement and concrete production, agricultural applications, and as a landfill material. From these studies, we found that it would be extremely difficult for ''as-generated'' slag to find large-scale acceptance in the marketplace even at no cost because the materials it could replace were abundantly available at very low cost. It was further determined that the unconverted carbon, or char, in the slag is detrimental to its utilization as sand or fine aggregate. It became apparent that a more promising approach would be to develop a variety of value-added products from slag that meet specific industry requirements. This approach was made feasible by the discovery that slag undergoes expansion and forms a lightweight material when subjected to controlled heating in a kiln at temperatures between 1400 and 1700 F. These results confirmed the potential for using expanded slag as a substitute for conventional lightweight aggregates (LWA). The technology to produce lightweight and ultra-lightweight aggregates (ULWA) from slag was subsequently developed by Praxis with funding from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Illinois Clean Coal Institute (ICCI), and internal resources. The major objectives of the subject project are to demonstrate the technical and economic viability of commercial production of LWA and ULWA from slag and to test the suitability of these aggregates for various applications. The project goals are to be accomplished in two phases: Phase I, comprising the production of LWA and ULWA from slag at the large pilot scale, and Phase II, which involves commercial evaluation of these aggregates in a number of applications. Primary funding for the project is provided by DOE's Federal Energy Technology Center (FETC) at Morgantown, with significant cost sharing by Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Illinois Clean Coal Institute (ICCI).

  15. Summary report: Trace substance emissions from a coal-fired gasification plant

    SciTech Connect

    Williams, A.; Wetherold, B.; Maxwell, D.

    1996-10-16

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), and Louisiana Gasification Technology Inc. (LGTI) sponsored field sampling and analyses to characterize emissions of trace substances from LGTI`s integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power plant at Plaquemine, Louisiana. The results indicate that emissions from the LGTI facility were quite low, often in the ppb levels, and comparable to a well-controlled pulverized coal-fired power plant.

  16. Effects of effluents of coal combustion and gasification upon lung structure and function. Annual report

    SciTech Connect

    Hinton, D.E.

    1980-01-01

    The overall objective of the proposed research is to correlate both structural and functional alterations in cells and tissues of the lung brought about by exposure to fluidized bed combustion and fixed bed gasification effluents and reagent grade oxides of metals known to be associated with coal combustion gasification. Projected milestones are described. Progress during the first year in setting up aerosol exposure facilities, intratracheal instillations, pulmonary mechanics, and morphometric examinations is reported. (DMC)

  17. Scale-up requirements of the Exxon catalytic coal gasification process. Monthly report, November 1November 30, 1977

    Microsoft Academic Search

    1978-01-01

    A study design and cost estimate have been completed for a major revamp of the Synthane Coal gasification pilot plant which would allow it to be operated as a catalytic coal gasification (CCG) large pilot plant. The study design was based upon modifying the Synthane Unit so that it would duplicate as closely as possible the size and capabilities of

  18. COAL GASIFICATION/GAS CLEANUP TEST FACILITY. VOLUME 4. A MATHEMATICAL MODEL OF THE PACKED COLUMN ACID GAS ABSORBER

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report describes a mathematical model for adiabatic operation of a packed-column absorber designed to remove acid gases from coal gasification crude product gas. It also gives results of experiments with a small pilot-scale coal gasification/gas cleaning facility designed to ...

  19. Numerical simulation of the bubbling fluidized bed coal gasification by the kinetic theory of granular flow (KTGF)

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Liang Yu; Jing Lu; Xiangping Zhang; Suojiang Zhang

    2007-01-01

    A new numerical model based on the two-fluid model (TFM) including the kinetic theory of granular flow (KTGF) and complicated reactions has been developed to simulate coal gasification in a bubbling fluidized bed gasifier (BFBG). The collision between particles is described by KTGF. The coal gasification rates are determined by combining Arrhenius rate and diffusion rate for heterogeneous reactions or

  20. Characterization and disposal of coal-gasification waste products. Phase 2. Topical report, 1 May 1984-30 April 1986

    Microsoft Academic Search

    P. W. Spaite; D. A. Dalrymple; G. C. Page

    1987-01-01

    The Gas Research Institute has sponsored a program to collect, organize, and evaluate information relevant to controlling potential environmental, health and safety (EHandS) impacts of coal gasification. A technology assessment was conducted using previously developed methodology, and the results were used as a basis for the development of GRI Coal Gasification EHandS Information System and a computerized information management program.

  1. Corrosion and degradation of test materials in the Westinghouse 15 ton\\/day Coal Gasification Process Development Unit

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Yurkewycz

    1985-01-01

    Two periods of in-plant exposures of candidate materials in the Westinghouse PDU have been completed. Coupons were exposed in the gasifier, hot-gas cyclone, quench scrubber, and gas cooler vessels. Corrosion monitoring of test materials is currently being conducted in the Westinghouse Coal Gasification Process Development Unit (PDU) coal gasification pilot plant. The corrosion data presented are from work during 1981

  2. COAL GASIFICATION/GAS CLEANUP TEST FACILITY: VOLUME III. ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT OF OPERATION WITH NEW MEXICO SUBBITUMINOUS COAL AND CHILLED METHANOL

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report concerns the second major study carried out on a pilot-scale coal gasification/gas cleaning test facility, namely, the steam-oxygen gasification of a New Mexico subbituminous coal using refrigerated methanol as the acid gas removal solvent. The report briefly describes...

  3. Fluidized-bed catalytic coal-gasification process. [US patent; pretreatment to minimize agglomeration

    DOEpatents

    Euker, C.A. Jr.; Wesselhoft, R.D.; Dunkleman, J.J.; Aquino, D.C.; Gouker, T.R.

    1981-09-14

    Coal or similar carbonaceous solids impregnated with gasification catalyst constituents are oxidized by contact with a gas containing between 2 vol % and 21 vol % oxygen at a temperature between 50 and 250/sup 0/C in an oxidation zone and the resultant oxidized, catalyst impregnated solids are then gasified in a fluidized bed gasification zone at an elevated pressure. The oxidation of the catalyst impregnated solids under these conditions insures that the bed density in the fluidized bed gasification zone will be relatively high even though the solids are gasified at elevated pressure and temperature.

  4. Photoassisted electrolysis applied to coal gasification. Quarterly report, 1 July 1982-30 September 1982

    SciTech Connect

    Park, S.M.

    1982-01-01

    The literature search was continued on the electrochemical oxidation and reduction of coal. Humic acids are generated upon oxidation of coal in alkali media. Similar results were reported for the oxidation of coal. The reduction coal in nonaqueous solutions gave reduced coal of various degrees of hydrogenation depending on experimental conditions. These earlier results suggest that a proper combination of electrochemical oxidation and reduction of coal may lead to various classes of derivatized coal including liquid coals. Both CdS and CdSe thin film electrodes were tested for photoassisted coal gasification. Although high photocurrents were observed the electrodes were not stable. To stabilize the electrodes the electrode surface was modified by coating with a conductive organic polymer, which behaves as an electron transfer mediator. Various experiments in this effort are described.

  5. The role of catalyst precursor anions in coal gasification. Final technical report, September 1991--June 1994

    SciTech Connect

    Abotsi, G.M.K.

    1995-01-01

    The utilization of coal is currently limited by several factors, including the environmental impacts of coal use and the lack of cost-effective technologies to convert coal into useful gaseous and liquid products. Several catalysts have been evaluated for coal gasification and liquefaction. The activities of the catalysts are dependent on many factors such as the method of catalyst addition to the coal and the catalyst precursor type. Since catalyst addition to coal is frequently conducted in aqueous solution, the surface chemistry of colloidal coal particles will be expected to exert an influence on catalyst uptake. However, the effects of the various coal gasification catalyst precursors on the interfacial properties of coal during catalyst loading from solution has received little attention. The aim of this study is to ascertain the influence of the metal salts (i): calcium acetate (Ca(OOCCH{sub 3}){sub 2}), calcium chloride (CaCl{sub 2}) or calcium nitrate (Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}) and (ii): potassium acetate (KOOCCH{sub 3}), potassium chloride (KCl), potassium nitrate (KNO{sub 3}), potassium carbonate (K{sub 2}CO{sub 3}) and potassium sulfate (K{sub 2}SO{sub 4}) on the electrokinetic and adsorptive properties of coal and determine the relationship, if any, between coal surface electrokinetic properties, and catalyst loading and eventually its effects on the reactivities of coal chars.

  6. Coal-gasification basic research and cost studies. Quarterly report 2

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1982-04-16

    Coal-gasification basic research and cost studies performed at Davy McKee Corporation supporting the Department of Energy's coal gasification program is on schedule through the Second Quarter. It is anticipated that work will continue on schedule for the remainder of the program. During the Second Quarter, efforts were concentrated on evaluations, laboratory studies and design activities. In Task I, information on how coals perform in and around fixed-bed gasifiers was reviewed and standards and tests to evaluate the expected performance of agglomerates were developed. The economics of coal agglomeration, the preferred size of agglomerates, and possible coal upgrading methods to enhance agglomerates were examined. Two topical reports describing the findings were prepared and were issued. Approximately 200 separate wafer briquetting runs and 29 double-roll briquetting runs were performed during the period to evaluate potential binders and to investigate different briquetting variables. In Task II, the design of a Winkler coal gasification plant to replace a two-stage gasifier plant in the original Erie Mining facility design was completed, and work on the design of a Combustion Engineering entrained-flow gasification plant replacement was initiated. 24 figures, 12 tables.

  7. Carbon formation and metal dusting in advanced coal gasification processes

    SciTech Connect

    DeVan, J.H.; Tortorelli, P.F.; Judkins, R.R.; Wright, I.G.

    1997-02-01

    The product gases generated by coal gasification systems contain high concentrations of CO and, characteristically, have relatively high carbon activities. Accordingly, carbon deposition and metal dusting can potentially degrade the operation of such gasifier systems. Therefore, the product gas compositions of eight representative gasifier systems were examined with respect to the carbon activity of the gases at temperatures ranging from 480 to 1,090 C. Phase stability calculations indicated that Fe{sub 3}C is stable only under very limited thermodynamic conditions and with certain kinetic assumptions and that FeO and Fe{sub 0.877}S tend to form instead of the carbide. As formation of Fe{sub 3}C is a necessary step in the metal dusting of steels, there are numerous gasifier environments where this type of carbon-related degradation will not occur, particularly under conditions associated with higher oxygen and sulfur activities. These calculations also indicated that the removal of H{sub 2}S by a hot-gas cleanup system may have less effect on the formation of Fe{sub 3}C in air-blown gasifier environments, where the iron oxide phase can exist and is unaffected by the removal of sulfur, than in oxygen-blown systems, where iron sulfide provides the only potential barrier to Fe{sub 3}C formation. Use of carbon- and/or low-alloy steels dictates that the process gas composition be such that Fe{sub 3}C cannot form if the potential for metal dusting is to be eliminated. Alternatively, process modifications could include the reintroduction of hydrogen sulfide, cooling the gas to perhaps as low as 400 C and/or steam injection. If higher-alloy steels are used, a hydrogen sulfide-free gas may be processed without concern about carbon deposition and metal dusting.

  8. ENCOAL Mild Coal Gasification Demonstration Project. Annual report, October 1993--September 1994

    SciTech Connect

    NONE

    1995-03-01

    ENCOAL Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SMC Mining Company (formerly Shell Mining Company, now owned by Zeigler Coal Holding Company), has completed the construction and start-up of a mild gasification demonstration plant at Triton Coal Company`s Buckskin Mine near Gillette, Wyoming. The process, using Liquids From Coal (LFC) technology developed by SMC and SGI International, utilizes low-sulfur Powder River Basin coal to produce two new fuels, Process Derived Fuel (PDF) and Coal Derived Liquids (CDL). The LFC technology uses a mild pyrolysis or mild gasification process which involves heating the coal under carefully controlled conditions. The process causes chemical changes in the feed coal in contrast to conventional drying, which leads only to physical changes. Wet subbituminous coal contains considerable water, and conventional drying processes physically remove some of this moisture, causing the heating value to increase. The deeper the coal is physically dried, the higher the heating value and the more the pore structure permanently collapses, preventing resorption of moisture. However, deeply dried Powder River Basin coals exhibit significant stability problems when dried by conventional thermal processes. The LFC process overcomes these stability problems by thermally altering the solid to create PDF and CDL. Several of the major objectives of the ENCOAL Project have now been achieved. The LFC Technology has been essentially demonstrated. Significant quantities of specification CDL have been produced from Buckskin coal. Plant operation in a production mode with respectable availability (approaching 90%) has been demonstrated.

  9. Advanced coal-gasification technical analyses. Appendix 2: coal fines disposal. Final report, December 1982September 1985

    Microsoft Academic Search

    D. A. Hubbard; S. K. Jain; K. V. Shah

    1986-01-01

    This report is a compilation of several studies conducted by KRSI under the Advanced Coal Gasification Technical Analyses contract with GRI. It addresses the issue of disposal and\\/or utilization of the coal fines that cannot be used as feedstock for fixed-bed (i.e. Lurgi) gasifiers. Specific items addressed are: (1) Technical, legal and economic aspects of fines burial, (2) Estimation of

  10. Coal conversion processes and analysis methodologies for synthetic fuels production. [technology assessment and economic analysis of reactor design for coal gasification

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1979-01-01

    Information to identify viable coal gasification and utilization technologies is presented. Analysis capabilities required to support design and implementation of coal based synthetic fuels complexes are identified. The potential market in the Southeast United States for coal based synthetic fuels is investigated. A requirements analysis to identify the types of modeling and analysis capabilities required to conduct and monitor coal gasification project designs is discussed. Models and methodologies to satisfy these requirements are identified and evaluated, and recommendations are developed. Requirements for development of technology and data needed to improve gasification feasibility and economies are examined.

  11. Assessment of underground coal gasification in bituminous coals. Final report. Phase II

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1982-01-31

    On the commercial scale, the success of UCG rests on a number of economical and technical considerations. Economically, such factors as coal seam depth, seam thickness, product gas heating value, sweep efficiency, product gas flow rate, and gas losses all play important roles and must be considered in evaluating any ultimate UCG facility. Technically, an understanding of the physical phenomena which accompany UCG provides ability to select both the geometry of injection/production wells and, to some extent, to specify the regime which characterizes gas flow during early gasifier operation. The prime consideration in any UCG facility, though, is selection of the site. Site selection characterizes the coal seam, its permeability, fracture system, energy content, etc. and, for the most part, characterizes the final economic viability of the UCG facility. Each of the following variables strongly affect the economic viability of underground coal gasification: seam depth, seam thickness, sweep efficiency, product gas heating value, flow rates, injection and production, oxygen utilization (Btu/value of products generated/SCF of oxygen injected), gas loss, and environmental considerations.

  12. Effects of rank and calcium catalysis on oxygen chemisorption and gasification reactivity of coal chars

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Piotrowski, Andrzej

    The effects of coal rank and calcium catalysis on oxygen gasification of coal chars have been investigated. Five different coals, from lignite to anthracite were used. Coals were demineralized and a calcium catalyst was deposited on the carbon in different amounts, by ion exchange for lignite and subbituminous coals and by impregnation for the others. Chars from all coals were obtained by both slow and rapid pyrolysis. Oxygen chemisorption studies conducted under conditions far away from gasification and measured oxygen uptakes during gasification revealed that large amounts of oxygen are chemisorbed. The lower the coal rank, the greater the amount of chemisorbed oxygen in both cases. The presence of a calcium catalyst additionally increased the oxygen uptake by solid carbons. The chemisorption tests also showed the influence of diffusion inside the smallest micropores on the kinetics of the process. Reactivity profiles were investigated in detail. Demineralized coal chars showed monotonic, linear increases with burn-off for a broad range of conversion (20-80%). The higher the coal rank, the greater the reactivity increase per unit burn-off. A comparison of reactivities of the demineralized form of coal chars confirmed that the reactivity is affected by diffusion inside the smallest micropores for experiments in the intermediate temperature range, usually 700-800 K. A comparison of reactivities of the calcium-loaded and demineralized coal chars prepared and subsequently reacted at the same conditions has confirmed that the catalytic effect of calcium is the greatest for lower-rank coals, and that it decreases with increasing coal rank. Comparable reactivities for as-received and calcium-loaded lignite and subbituminous char were about two orders of magnitude greater than for a corresponding demineralized char. For higher ranks of coal the effect of calcium loading is smaller than one order of magnitude. For the lower ranks of coal, where calcium is very well dispersed, reactivity profiles are confirmed to be dominated by the catalytic effect. Based on the reactivity and oxygen chemisorption studies, it was concluded that the effect of oxygen diffusion on char reactivity is much greater for higher-rank coals than for lower-rank coals. For the lignite char the diffusion effect is only important at the beginning of gasification and it decreases with increasing burn-off. For the anthracite char it is about 3 times greater at the very low burn-offs than at 85% burn-off. In addition, for demineralized anthracite char this diffusion effect lasts longer in terms of time and conversion.

  13. Feasibility study for underground coal gasification at the Krabi Coal Mine site, Thailand. Final report

    SciTech Connect

    Boysen, J.; Sole, J.; Schmit, C.R.; Harju, J.A.; Young, B.C.

    1997-01-01

    This study, conducted by Energy and Environmental Research Center, was funded by the U.S Trade and Development Agency. The report summarizes the accomplishments of field, analytical data evaluation and modeling activities focused on assessment of underground coal gasification (UCG) feasibility at Krabi over a two year period. The overall objective of the project was to determine the technical issues, environmental impact, and economic of developing and commercializing UCG at the site in Krabi. The report contains an Executive Summary followed by these chapters: (1) Project Overview; (2) Project Site Characterization; (3) Inorganic and Thermal Materials Characterization; (4) Technical and Economic Feasibility of UCG At the Krabi Site; (5) Conclusions and Recommendations; (6) Acknowledgments; (7) References.

  14. Mild gasification of Usibelli coal in an inclined fluidized-bed reactor

    SciTech Connect

    Merriam, N.W.; Thomas, K.P.; Cha, C.Y.

    1991-02-01

    Results of mild gasification tests of minus 16-mesh Usibelli coal in an inclined fluidized-bed reactor are described in this report. The minus 16-mesh fraction was separated from the coal by screening. The coal was dried to zero moisture content, and about 2 wt % of the volatiles was removed as gas by partial decarboxylation using a 100-lb/hr inclined fluidized-bed dryer. The dried coal was subjected to mild gasification at maximum temperatures of 1050 to 1250{degrees}F (566 to 677{degrees}C) and feed rates of 7.5 lb/hr while using a once-through flow of carbon dioxide as fluidizing gas in a 1-inch-wide, inclined fluidized-bed reactor. Mild gasification of the dried coal resulted in production of 44 to 56 wt % of the dried coal as char, 10 to 13 wt % as liquids, 17 to 28 wt % as gas, and 8 to 21 wt % as fines. The yield of moisture- and ash-free (MAF) liquids varied from 11.4 to 14.2 wt % of the dried coal feed. Chemical analysis was carried out on these products.

  15. Interaction and kinetic analysis for coal and biomass co-gasification by TG-FTIR.

    PubMed

    Xu, Chaofen; Hu, Song; Xiang, Jun; Zhang, Liqi; Sun, Lushi; Shuai, Chao; Chen, Qindong; He, Limo; Edreis, Elbager M A

    2014-02-01

    This study aims to investigate the interaction and kinetic behavior of CO2 gasification of coal, biomass and their blends by thermogravimetry analysis (TG). The gas products evolved from gasification were measured online with Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) coupled with TG. Firstly, TG experiments indicated that interaction between the coals and biomasses mainly occurred during co-gasification process. The most significant synergistic interaction occurred for LN with SD at the blending mass ratio 4:1. Furthermore, thermal kinetic analysis indicated that the activation energy involved in co-gasification decreased as the SD content increased until the blending ratio of SD with coal reached 4:1. The rise of the frequency factor indicated that the increase of SD content favored their synergistic interaction. Finally, FTIR analysis of co-gasification of SD with LN indicated that except for CO, most gases including CH3COOH, C6H5OH, H2O, etc., were detected at around 50-700°C. PMID:24412857

  16. A review of the factors influencing the physicochemical characteristics of underground coal gasification

    SciTech Connect

    Yang, L.H. [China University of Mining and Technology, Jiangsu (China)

    2008-07-01

    In this article, the physicochemical characteristics of the oxidation zone, the reduction zone, and the destructive distillation and dry zone in the process of underground coal gasification (UCG) were explained. The effect of such major factors as temperature, coal type, water-inrush or -intake rate, the quantity and quality of wind blasting, the thickness of coal seams, operational pressure, the length, and the section of gasification gallery on the quality of the underground gas and their interrelationship were discussed. Research showed that the temperature conditions determined the underground gas compositions; the appropriate water-inrush or -intake rate was conducive to the improvement in gas heat value; the properties of the gasification agent had an obvious effect on the compositions and heat value of the product gas. Under the cyclically changing pressure, heat losses decreased by 60%, with the heat efficiency and gasification efficiency being 1.4 times and 2 times those of constant pressure, respectively. The test research further proved that the underground gasifier with a long channel and a big cross-section, to a large extent, improved the combustion-gasification conditions.

  17. Underground coal gasification: Its potential for long-term supply of sng. Occasional pub

    SciTech Connect

    Hill, V.L.; Burnham, K.B.; Barone, S.P.; Rosenberg, J.I.; Ashby, A.B.

    1984-02-01

    The paper examines the viability of underground coal gasification (UCU) as a future source of substitute natural gas (SNG). The economics of commercial scale UCG technology at a western site is estimated and compared with aboveground gasification and also with an extrapolation of GRI's Baseline Projection for natural gas prices. Although much technical and economic uncertainty exists regarding UCG, the potential reserve base for unmineable coals is very large, about four times that of currently mineable coals. Assuming that only 10 percent of the 1.8 trillion tons of marginal U.S. coal resources may be amendable to UCG, this represents 1000 trillion cubic feet of potential SNG production. The UCG economics of the paper are based on a techno-economic study conducted by Williams Brothers Engineering Company; the cosponsors included GRI, Amoco Production Company, Hunt Oil Company, and Williams Brothers Engineering Company.

  18. Advanced coal gasification system for electric power generation. Third quarterly progress report, April 1-June 30, 1980

    SciTech Connect

    None

    1980-07-25

    The operation, maintenance and modifications to the Westinghouse gasification process development unit during the quarter are reviewed. The tests of the gasifier-agglomerator included direct coal feed as well as oxygen-blown gasification of a char or coal bed. Then the whole system was tested in single and double stage operation. Laboratory support involved fluidized bed test facilities at ambient temperature and at design temperature for devolatilization and gasification studies. Other laboratory systems were related to thermal analysis and pressurized high temperature studies of gasification and gas cleaning. (LTN)

  19. Synthesis gas production with an adjustable H{sub 2}/CO ratio through the coal gasification process: effects of coal ranks and methane addition

    SciTech Connect

    Yan Cao; Zhengyang Gao; Jing Jin; Hongchang Zhou; Marten Cohron; Houying Zhao; Hongying Liu; Weiping Pan [Western Kentucky University (WKU), Bowling Green, KY (United States). Institute for Combustion Science and Environmental Technology (ICSET)

    2008-05-15

    Direct production of synthesis gas using coal as a cheap feedstock is attractive but challenging due to its low H{sub 2}/CO ratio of generated synthesis gas. Three typical U.S. coals of different ranks were tested in a 2.5 in. coal gasifier to investigate their gasification reactivity and adjustability on H{sub 2}/CO ratio of generated synthesis gas with or without the addition of methane. Tests indicated that lower-rank coals (lignite and sub-bituminous) have higher gasification reactivity than bituminous coals. The coal gasification reactivity is correlated to its synthesis-gas yield and the total percentage of H{sub 2} and CO in the synthesis gas, but not to the H{sub 2}/CO ratio. The H{sub 2}/CO ratio of coal gasification was found to be correlated to the rank of coals, especially the H/C ratio of coals. Methane addition into the dense phase of the pyrolysis and gasification zone of the cogasification reactor could make the best use of methane in adjusting the H{sub 2}/CO ratio of the generated synthesis gas. The maximum methane conversion efficiency, which was likely correlated to its gasification reactivity, could be achieved by 70% on average for all tested coals. The actual catalytic effect of generated coal chars on methane conversion seemed coal-dependent. The coal-gasification process benefits from methane addition and subsequent conversion on the adjustment of the H{sub 2}/CO ratio of synthesis gas. The methane conversion process benefits from the use of coal chars due to their catalytic effects. This implies that there were likely synergistic effects on both. 25 refs., 3 figs., 3

  20. Subtask 4.2 - Coal Gasification Short Course

    SciTech Connect

    Kevin Galbreath

    2009-06-30

    Major utilities, independent power producers, and petroleum and chemical companies are intent on developing a fleet of gasification plants primarily because of high natural gas prices and the implementation of state carbon standards, with federal standards looming. Currently, many projects are being proposed to utilize gasification technologies to produce a synthesis gas or fuel gas stream for the production of hydrogen, liquid fuels, chemicals, and electricity. Financing these projects is challenging because of the complexity, diverse nature of gasification technologies, and the risk associated with certain applications of the technology. The Energy & Environmental Research Center has developed a gasification short course that is designed to provide technical personnel with a broad understanding of gasification technologies and issues, thus mitigating the real or perceived risk associated with the technology. Based on a review of research literature, tutorial presentations, and Web sites on gasification, a short course presentation was prepared. The presentation, consisting of about 500 PowerPoint slides, provides at least 7 hours of instruction tailored to an audience's interests and needs. The initial short course is scheduled to be presented September 9 and 10, 2009, in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

  1. Catalytic steam gasification reactivity of HyperCoals produced from different rank of coals at 600-775{degree}C

    SciTech Connect

    Atul Sharma; Ikuo Saito; Toshimasa Takanohashi [National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Ibaraki (Japan). Advanced Fuel Group, Energy Technology Research Institute

    2008-11-15

    HyperCoal is a clean coal with ash content <0.05 wt %. HyperCoals were prepared from a brown coal, a sub-bituminous coal, and a bituminous raw coal by solvent extraction method. Catalytic steam gasification of these HyperCoals was carried out with K{sub 2}CO{sub 3} at 775, 700, 650, and 600 {degree}C, and their rates were compared. HyperCoals produced from low-rank coals were more reactive than those produced from the high-rank coals. XRD measurements were carried out to understand the difference in gasification reactivity of HyperCoals. Arrhenius plot of ln (k) vs 1/T in the temperature range 600-825{degree}C was a curve rather than a straight line. The point of change was observed at 700{degree}C for HyperCoals from low-rank coals and at 775{degree}C for HyperCoals from high-rank coals. Using HyperCoal produced from low-rank coals as feedstock, steam gasification of coal may be possible at temperatures less than 650{degree}C. 22 refs., 6 figs., 2 tabs.

  2. The knowledge of underground coal gasification (UCG) applied to coalbed methane extraction (CBM) and natural coal fires (NCF)

    SciTech Connect

    Wolf, K.H.A.A.; Hettema, M.H.H.; Bruining, J.; Schreurs, H.C.E.

    1997-12-31

    This paper will give a general view on the application of underground coal gasification (UCG) for the improvement of coalbed methane (CBM) production enhancement and the utilization of natural coal fires (NCF). In general UCG techniques will improve the opportunities for the enhancement and utilization of potential energy sources. When all options, UCG, CBM and NCF are placed in a Clean Coal Exploitation Program, it can be divided into a ``cold program`` and a ``hot program.`` In a cold program the authors propose the development and exploitation of second generation cold coal-energy, i.e., coal gas extraction (CBM). The hot program considers the activities in which in-situ burning coals make the core issue for exploitation (UCG, NCF). In both programs UCG-technologies could be important tools for energy acquisition and production improvement.

  3. Shaped-charge tests in support of the coal-gasification program

    SciTech Connect

    Scheloske, R.F.

    1981-12-01

    The LLNL concept for in-situ coal gasification requires forming horizontal holes in deep coal beds to connect vertical bore shafts. These lateral holes are required to provide a passage for the gases between the vertical shafts. Shaped charges are being considered for producing these horizontal bore holes. This report describes a test method for evaluating new shaped charge designs and presents the results for three designs.

  4. Concept for a competitive coal fired integrated gasification combined cycle power plant

    Microsoft Academic Search

    P. E Campbell; J. T McMullan; B. C Williams

    2000-01-01

    The design efficiency for a state-of-the-art supercritical coal fired pulverised fuel (p.f.) power plant (e.g. Nordjyllandsvaerket) is quoted at 47%, compared to 43% for the most advanced existing coal-based integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) plants (e.g. Buggenum and Puertollano). Of course, power plant design engineers have the experience of thousands of p.f. plants to guide them, compared with a mere

  5. Enhanced coal gasification heated by unmixed combustion integrated with an hybrid system of SOFC\\/GT

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Pilar Lisbona; Luis M. Romeo

    2008-01-01

    For clean utilization of coal, enhanced gasification by in situ CO2 capture has the advantage that hydrogen production efficiency is increased while no energy is required for CO2 separation. The unmixed fuel process uses a sorbent material as CO2 carrier and consists of three coupled reactors: a coal gasifier where CO2 is captured generating a H2-rich gas that can be

  6. Removing CO2 and H2S from the Gas Produced during Underground Coal Gasification (UCG)

    Microsoft Academic Search

    L. Yang; S. Liu; L. Yu

    2007-01-01

    The new method of simultaneous disposal of CO2 and H2S in coal gas generated during underground coal gasification (UCG) using industrial waste alkali liquor is put forward and studied for the first time. The rationale of absorption of CO2 and H2S by the alkali liquor is analyzed, and the mass transfer model for the above process is established. The impact

  7. Catalytic CO/sub 2/ gasification of graphite vs. coal char

    SciTech Connect

    Spiro, C.L.; McKee, D.W.; Kosky, P.G.; Lamby, E.J.

    1982-01-01

    We report the effects of alkali carbonate catalysts on the CO/sub 2/ gasification of Illinois No. 6 HVB bituminous coal char, demineralized Illinois No. 6 coal char, Pittsburgh No. 8 HVA coal char, Navajo subbituminous coal char, Reading anthracite coal char, North Dakota A lignite char and spectroscopic grade highest purity graphite. We conclude that alkali carbonate salts are effective Boudouard catalysts for all these substrates, but that salient differences between coal char vs. graphite reactivity are observed. Therefore, we have attempted to identify structural differences in chars vs. graphite which might be responsible for these effects. By eliminating minerals and surface phenomena, we have identified residual hydrogen as the main cause of reactivity differences. Therefore, we have proposed, without proof, a new mechanism based on hydridic catalysis. Many questions still remain unanswered. No mechanisms completely account for the observed gasification behavior in the presence of these salts, particularly as a function of loading. Indeed, the fundamental aspects of the periodic trend of salt efficacy is far from understood. Direct observation of any of the proposed intermediates under Boudouard gasification conditions is still lacking. Clearly, more work is required in this ever-unfolding picture.

  8. COAL GASIFICATION ENVIRONMENTAL DATA SUMMARY: SOLID WASTES AND BY-PRODUCT TARS

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report, one of several data summary reports on the environmental aspects and pollutants specific to coal gasification, addresses characteristics of solid wastes (ash and cyclone dust) and by-product tars and oils analyzed in nine EPA source tests and evaluation studies and li...

  9. Thermodynamic phase stability diagrams for the analysis of corrosion reactions in coal gasification\\/combustion atmospheres

    Microsoft Academic Search

    P. L. Hemmings; R. A. Perkins

    1977-01-01

    An understanding of corrosion chemistry in complex environments is needed for the effective use of metals and alloys in coal gasification\\/combustion systems. High-temperature corrosion reactions were analyzed from a thermodynamic equilibrium point of view. The equilibrium pressure of sulfur, oxygen, nitrogen and carbon in the gas will determine which condensed phases can stand in equilbrium with the gas. Reaction paths

  10. Method and apparatus for the selective separation of gaseous coal gasification products by pressure swing adsorption

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Madhav R. Ghate; Ralph T. Yang

    1987-01-01

    Bulk separation of the gaseous components of multi-component gases provided by the gasification of coal including hydrogen, carbon monoxide, methane, and acid gases (carbon dioxide plus hydrogen sulfide) are selectively adsorbed by a pressure swing adsorption technique using activated carbon, zeolite or a combination thereof as the adsorbent. By charging a column containing the adsorbent with a gas mixture and

  11. Method and apparatus for the selective separation of gaseous coal gasification products by pressure swing adsorption

    Microsoft Academic Search

    M. R. Ghate; R. T. Yang

    1985-01-01

    Bulk separation of the gaseous components of multi-component gases provided by the gasification of coal including hydrogen, carbon monoxide, methane, and acid gases (carbon dioxide plus hydrogen sulfide) are selectively adsorbed by a pressure swing adsorption technique using activated carbon zeolite or a combination thereof as the adsorbent. By charging a column containing the adsorbent with a gas mixture and

  12. The mobilisation of sodium and potassium during coal combustion and gasification

    Microsoft Academic Search

    D Thompson; B. B Argent

    1999-01-01

    The mobilisation of sodium and potassium during coal combustion and gasification has been modelled using the FACT thermodynamic databases and computation package. Account has been taken of the formation of silicate and fused salt melts and consideration given to deposition taking place during the subsequent cooling of the gases formed. Under combustion conditions, sodium and potassium are predicted to be

  13. IN-SITU COAL GASIFICATION: STATUS OF TECHNOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives results of a literature review and personal contacts to ascertain what is being done in in-situ coal gasification and to collect existing environmental data. It presents a general description of the chemistry, technology, and technological problems, along with de...

  14. ASSESSMENT OF DISCHARGES FROM SASOL I LURGI-BASED COAL GASIFICATION PLANT

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report discusses analytical information, obtained from Sasol I, on the emission and effluent streams analyzed in the normal course of operation and testing. The purpose was to provide EPA with representative information on a commercial-size Lurgi-based coal gasification proje...

  15. Energy analysis of a cogeneration plant using coal gasification and solid oxide fuel cell

    Microsoft Academic Search

    S. Ghosh; S. De

    2006-01-01

    This paper presents a conceptualized combined heat and power (CHP) scheme based on coal gasification and with a high temperature, pressurized solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) in the topping cycle and a bottoming steam cogeneration cycle. An energy analysis is done for this CHP plant. The study reveals that such a plant offers a substantial saving in fuel with respect

  16. Elimination of ammonia from coal gasification streams by using a catalytic membrane reactor

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Edward N. Gobina; Jaafar S. Oklany; Ronald Hughes

    1995-01-01

    The application of a catalytic membrane process for the removal of dilute concentrations of ammonia resulting from the gasification of coal has been investigated. Mathematical simulations have been conducted for an experimental reactor comprising a thin but continuous layer of a Pd-Ag alloy deposited on a porous substrate. Data for the permeation of hydrogen through the composite membrane were determined

  17. Trace element evaporation during coal gasification based on a thermodynamic equilibrium calculation approach

    Microsoft Academic Search

    M. D??az-Somoano; M. R. Mart??nez-Tarazona

    2003-01-01

    Thermodynamic equilibrium calculations using the HSC-Chemistry program were performed to determine the distribution and mode of occurrence of potentially toxic and corrosive trace elements in gases from coal gasification processes. The influence of temperature, pressure and gas atmospheres on equilibrium composition was evaluated. In these reducing conditions, the behaviour of the trace elements is complex, but some form of organization

  18. The role of a coal gasification fly ash as clay additive in building ceramic

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Mónica Aineto; Anselmo Acosta; Isabel Iglesias

    2006-01-01

    The clean coal integrated gasification in combined cycle (IGCC) technology of electrical power generation is different than conventional process in combustible treatment which generates inorganic wastes in the form of glassy slag and fly ash with singular properties. We have studied the fly ash coming from ELCOGAS IGCC power plant as additive to clays for building ceramic fabrication.The addition of

  19. Coal gasification in steam and air medium under plasma conditions: a preliminary study

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Jieshan Qiu; Xiaojun He; Tianjun Sun; Zongbin Zhao; Ying Zhou; Shuhong Guo; Jialiang Zhang; Tengcai Ma

    2004-01-01

    The gasification of coal under steam and air plasma conditions at atmospheric pressure was investigated in a tube-type setup with an aim of producing synthesis gas. The plasma was diagnosed by optical emission spectroscopy (OES) and the synthesis gas was analyzed by gas chromatography (GC). It has been found that the content of H2 and CO in gas increases with

  20. Pseudomonas frederiksbergensis sp. nov., isolated from soil at a coal gasification site

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Søren M. Andersen; Kaare Johnsen; Jan Sørensen; Preben Nielsen; Carsten S. Jacobsen

    2000-01-01

    Phenotypic and genotypic characterization indicated that a group of 29 closely related phenanthrene-degrading bacteria from a coal gasification site in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark, belonged to the genus Pseudomonas. The strains were isolated at two sampling occasions 2 years apart. The isolates were phenotypically different from any known species of the genus Pseudomonas and were therefore subject to further identification. Colonies

  1. Discovery of a mechanism for oxygen transport during UCG. [Underground coal gasification

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. G. M. Massaquoi; D. M. Rohaus; J. B. Riggs

    1982-01-01

    A qualitative study of the flow patterns in an underground-coal-gasification laboratory flow model has identified a mechanism for oxygen transport. The injected fluid is drawn directly to the cavity walls in a thin layer along the cavity's floor, with the difference in density between the injected fluid and the bulk fluid being the primary cause of this stratified flow. The

  2. Thermal instrumentation and data analysis for underground coal gasification. [8 refs

    Microsoft Academic Search

    P. J. Hommert; S. G. Beard; R. P. Reed

    1977-01-01

    Sandia Laboratories has developed a comprehensive thermal instrumentation program based on the experience gained during recent underground coal gasification experiments conducted near Hanna, Wyoming, by the Laramie Energy Research Center. Various elements of the program are described here: instrument specifications, installation procedures, data acquisition systems, data validation procedures, experiment design methods, and data analysis. A standardized thermocouple design for in

  3. Instrumentation for in situ coal gasification: an assessment of techniques evaluated on the Hanna II experiment

    Microsoft Academic Search

    D. A. Northrop; S. G. Beard; L. C. Bartel; L. W. Beckham; P. J. Hommert

    1977-01-01

    The Hanna II in-situ coal gasification experiment was conducted by the Laramie Energy Research Center during 1975 to 76. Sandia Laboratories designed, fielded, and evaluated variations of seven instrumentation techniques belonging to two general classes: (a) diagnostic techniques (thermal, in-seam gas sampling and pressure, and overburden tilt and displacement) to obtain data for process characterization and (b) remote monitoring techniques

  4. Production of hydrogen by direct gasification of coal with steam using nuclear heat

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1975-01-01

    Problems related to: (1) high helium outlet temperature of the reactor, and (2) gas generator design used in hydrogen production are studied. Special attention was given to the use of Oklahoma coal in the gasification process. Plant performance, operation, and environmental considerations are covered.

  5. Effects of coal combustion and gasification upon lung structure and function. Quarterly progress report

    SciTech Connect

    Hinton, Dr., David E.

    1980-12-12

    The effects on lungs of emissions from fluidized-bed combustion and coal gasification on man are being studied by inhalation experiments and intratracheal administration of fly ash to hamsters. The hamsters are sacrificed at 1, 3, 6, 9 and 30 days and the lungs examined by methods which are described. (LTN)

  6. Initial environmental test plan for source assessment of coal gasification. Final report, Jun 1973Dec 1974

    Microsoft Academic Search

    A. Attari; M. Mensinger; J. Pau

    1976-01-01

    An initial source assessment environmental test plan, developed to investigate the fate of various constituents during coal gasification is described. The plan is an approach to the problems associated with sampling point selection, sample collection, and sample analysis which is based on a HYGAS-type process. The report includes a general process description, process steps, effects of operating conditions, sampling, analytical

  7. Agglomerating combustor-gasifier method and apparatus for coal gasification. [11 claims

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. L. P. Chen; D. H. Archer

    1976-01-01

    A method and apparatus are described for gasifying coal wherein the gasification takes place in a spout fluid bed at a pressure of about 10 to 30 atmospheres and a temperature of about 1800 to 2200°F and wherein the configuration of the apparatus and the manner of introduction of gases for combustion and fluidization is such that agglomerated ash can

  8. The solar thermal gasification of coal — energy conversion efficiency and CO 2 mitigation potential

    Microsoft Academic Search

    A. Steinfeld

    2003-01-01

    The steam-gasification of coal (peat, lignite, bituminous, and anthracite) into syngas is investigated using concentrated solar energy as the source of high-temperature process heat. The advantages of the solar- driven process are threefold: (1) the discharge of pollutants is avoided; (2) the gaseous products are not contaminated by combustion byproducts; and (3) the calorific value of the fuel is upgraded.

  9. Physical Absorption of CO2 and Sulfur Gases from Coal Gasification: Simulation and Experimental Results

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. M. Kelly; R. W. Rousseau; J. K. Ferrell

    1981-01-01

    High partial pressures of CO2, H2S and certain other constituents produced in coal gasification tend to make the use of physical solvents in associated acid gas removal systems more attractive than the use of chemical solvents. In the research program described in this paper operating data obtained on a pilot plant system employing refrigerated methanol as a solvent will be

  10. Chemical and toxicological studies of coal gasification wastewater circulated through a cooling tower

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. R. Stetter; V. C. Stamoudis; R. D. Flotard; Reilly C. A. Jr; K. E. Wilzbach

    1984-01-01

    Argonne National Laboratory is studying health and environmental issues related to coal gasification, using data and samples from the oxygen-blown slagging fixed-bed gasifier at the University of North Dakota Energy Research Center (UNDERC). The pilot study reported here developed preliminary chemical and toxicological data needed to evaluate the health and environmental, as well as the process, implications of using partially

  11. Corrosion and degradation of materials in the Synthane coal-gasification pilot plant

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. Yurkewycz; R. F. Firestone

    1981-01-01

    Corrosion monitoring of materials was conducted in the operating environments of the Synthane coal gasification pilot plant between 1976 and 1978. Metal and refractory specimens were exposed in the gasifier vessel in two test locations (fluidized bed, freeboard). Metal coupons only were exposed in the gasifier char cooler (freeboard) and four test locations in the quench system (vapor and liquid

  12. VAPOR-PHASE CRACKING AND WET OXIDATION AS POTENTIAL POLLUTANT CONTROL TECHNIQUES FOR COAL GASIFICATION

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives results of an investigation of two techniques (hydrocracking of heavy organics in the raw gas prior to quency, and wet oxidation of the gasifier condensate) for pollutant control in coal gasification processes. Bench-scale experiments were used to determine rates...

  13. Combustion Engineering Integrated Coal Gasification Combined Cycle Repowering Project: Clean Coal Technology Program

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1992-03-01

    On February 22, 1988, DOE issued Program Opportunity Notice (PON) Number-DE-PS01-88FE61530 for Round II of the CCT Program. The purpose of the PON was to solicit proposals to conduct cost-shared ICCT projects to demonstrate technologies that are capable of being commercialized in the 1990s, that are more cost-effective than current technologies, and that are capable of achieving significant reduction of SO[sub 2] and/or NO[sub x] emissions from existing coal burning facilities, particularly those that contribute to transboundary and interstate pollution. The Combustion Engineering (C-E) Integrated Coal Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) Repowering Project was one of 16 proposals selected by DOE for negotiation of cost-shared federal funding support from among the 55 proposals that were received in response to the PON. The ICCT Program has developed a three-level strategy for complying with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) that is consistent with the President's Council on Environmental Quality regulations implementing NEPA (40 CFR 1500-1508) and the DOE guidelines for compliance with NEPA (10 CFR 1021). The strategy includes the consideration of programmatic and project-specific environmental impacts during and subsequent to the reject selection process.

  14. Effect of experimental conditions on co-gasification of coal, biomass and plastics wastes with air\\/steam mixtures in a fluidized bed system

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Filomena Pinto; Carlos Franco; Rui Neto André; C. Tavares; M. Dias; I. Gulyurtlu; I. Cabrita

    2003-01-01

    The effect of temperature and of gasification medium was studied, using only air, only steam and mixtures of both as gasification medium, with the aim of optimising co-gasification of coal and wastes. The rise in gasification temperature promoted hydrocarbons further reactions, leading to a decrease in tars and hydrocarbons contents and an increase in H2 release. Increasing temperature, from 750

  15. IsoTex: Texaco`s olefin skeletal isomerization process

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. A. Sawicki; R. J. Pellet; E. J. Kuhlmann; H. M. Huang; R. V. Kessler; D. G. Casey

    1995-01-01

    Texaco has developed a new process (IsoTex) for the skeletal isomerization of n-olefins. The IsoTex process can convert normal butenes to isobutylene or normal pentenes to isoamylenes. The resulting product stream is an excellent feed for MTBE, ETBE or TAME units. The process has isomerized an untreated refinery C4 raffinate stream from an MTBE plant. A kinetic model was developed

  16. Multivariable control of Texaco`s Eunice South Gas Plant

    SciTech Connect

    Alexander, M.C. [Texaco Exploration and Production Inc., Eunice, NM (United States); Martin, O. [Texaco Exploration and Production Inc., Denver, CO (United States); Basu, U.; Poe, W.A. [Continental Controls, Inc., Houston, TX (United States)

    1998-12-31

    A model predictive multivariable controller has been commissioned at Texaco`s Eunice South Gas Plant to increase profits and to provide better overall control of the Cryogenic Demethanizer Unit. The project payback was based on increased recovery of ethane and NGL. The controller has also been successful in maintaining a composition specification at the bottom of the demethanizer column while optimizing operations by pushing the plant to run at its pressure constraints. The South Plant Cryogenic Unit at Texaco`s Eunice complex processes about 100 MMscfd of natural gas from various sources. The demethanizer recovers ethane plus while rejecting methane from the bottom product. The column consists of a top section providing entries for the reflux and expander outlet and a lower section consisting of two packed beds. Cold separator liquids enter near the top of the lower section. Bottom and side reboilers are attached to the lower portion of the column. Residue gas leaves the top and demethanized NGL leaves the bottom of the column. A multivariable control (MVC{reg_sign}) module was installed with the primary objective of increasing ethane recovery by decreasing the column pressure and increasing the pressure differential across the expander unit while maintaining operating constraints with varying inlet conditions. The MVC controller runs in a Pentium{reg_sign} computer operating under SCO{reg_sign} UNIX{reg_sign} and is also attached to the plant ethernet network. The plant has programmable logic controllers (PLC) which are networked to a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system through pyramid integrators. MVC computes the optimal setpoint to six basic control loops in supervisory mode.

  17. Probabilistic Modeling and Evaluation of the Performance, Emissions, and Cost of Texaco Gasifier-

    E-print Network

    Frey, H. Christopher

    .2 Commercial Status of Coal and Heavy Residual Oil-Fueled Gasification Systems- Based Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle Systems Using ASPEN Prepared by: H. Christopher Frey Naveen................................................................................................. 1 1.1 Overview of Gasification Systems

  18. Coal-gasification basic research and cost studies. Quarterly report No. 3

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1982-07-16

    Two major activities or tasks are being performed. The first activity (Task I) is the development of a process or processes to produce agglomerates from coal fines suitable for use as a feed to fixed-bed gasifiers. Seven US coals are being investigated. The second activity (Task II) is a design and cost study to examine the effects of gasifier selection on overall plant costs for a commercial-scale coal gasification facility. Task I work during the Third Quarter involved laboratory experimentation and some limited cost studies. Twenty-four different materials and many material combinations were evaluated as potential binders for coal briquettes. Potential binder materials were initially prescreened in wafer briquette tests. Of the materials tested,approximately a dozen showed good promise as a suitable binder. The most promising candidates were then used to produce larger briquetts on a double-roll press. Binderless briquetting was also investigated. In addition, work was initiated during the period in developing suitable pelletizing processes for coal fines and a tour was made of commercial briquetting plants in Europe. The results to date indicate that there is a good probability that a suitable process that will result in agglomerates that will stand up in a fixed-bed gasifier will be techincally possible for each of the seven coals being studied. The econonics of these processes, however, are uncertain at this time and are being studied. Task II work during the Third Quarter centered on (1) completing the capital and operating cost estimates for a large coal gasification plant based on Winkler gasifiers and (2) initiating the design of a similar plant based on Molten Salt gasifiers. Capital and operating costs for the Molten Salt gasification plant and for a fixed-bed gasification plant incorporating agglomeration facilities will be developed during the next Quarter.

  19. Kinetics of high temperature and pressure char-steam reaction in coal gasification: Final report

    SciTech Connect

    Yang, R.Y.K.; Lee, I.C.; Raghunathan, K.; Peng, F.F.; Jiang, W.D.

    1986-12-01

    Gasification experiments covering a wide range of temperatures (800 to 1400/sup 0/C) and pressures (0 to 200 psig) were conducted at high heating rate (100 to 1000/sup 0/C/sec) for the chars of three American coals, viz., an N.D. lignite, a Washington subbituminous coal and an N.M. bituminous coal, using a unique high temperature/pressure thermal gravimetric analyzer. A significant feature of this project was the gasification of the chars in steam starting directly from coals (thus termed ''in-situ'' chars), as opposed to a large number of previous studies in which coals were devolatilized in inert atmosphere before being gasified under totally different environments. For comparison purpose, the latter type of char, designated in this report as ''non-in-situ'' or ''nitrogen'' char, was also studied together with the ''in-situ'' char. For each coal, reactivity, conversion, activation energy, and other kinetic data were determined for both types of char and the results were compared, discussed and correlated. In this work, the method of using half life of reaction to unify coal gasification data was further extended to allow easy estimation of activation energy directly from half life data of the gasification reaction. Models for reactivity and conversion were also developed. In addition, microstructural properties, including specific surface area, of the ''in-situ'' chars at different stages of conversion, as well as the ''non-in-situ'' chars, were determined by gravimetric adsorption method using CO/sub 2/ at 25/sup 0/C as adsorbate and the results were discussed and interpreted. The surface area data obtained were correlated and models relating surface area and conversion were also developed. 58 refs., 47 figs., 22 tabs.

  20. Characterization of a potential underground coal gasification site in the state of Washington

    SciTech Connect

    Bartel, L. C.; Dobecki, T. L.; Stone, R.

    1980-01-01

    Sandia Laboratories, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, and the Laramie Energy Technology Center participated in a Department of Energy funded program to select and characterize a potential underground coal gasification test site in the State of Washington. A site in the Centralia-Chehalis coal district, satisfying certain criteria, was selected for characterization. The characterization procedures included surface and borehole techniques and hydrology tests. Geologic structure and coal seam structure and continuity were determined using surface geophysical prospecting (seismic and electromagnetic surveys) and borehole geophysical (logging and cross-borehole, in-seam seismic) techniques. A complete suite of geophysical logs was taken in eight exploratory boreholes to determine lithology and properties of the coal and surrounding strata. Coal cores taken from four different exploratory boreholes were analyzed to determine coal quality. Results of the characterization show that the coal seam of interest is approximately 47 ft thick at a depth of 570 to 600 ft at the site. The seam is characterized by high ash content, relatively low overall heating value, and a low permeability. The site appears suitable for conducting an underground coal gasification test.

  1. Results of the characterization of an in situ coal gasification site in the state of Washington

    SciTech Connect

    Bartel, L. C.; Dobecki, T. L.; Stone, R.

    1980-01-01

    Sandia Laboratories, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, and the Laramie Energy Technology Center participated in a Department of Energy funded program to select and characterize a potential underground coal gasification test site in the State of Washington. A site in the Centralia-Chehalis coal district, satisfying certain criteria, was selected for characterization. The characterization procedures included surface and borehole techniques and hydrology tests. Geologic structure and coal seam structure and continuity were determined using surface geophysical prospecting (seismic and electromagnetic surveys) and borehole geophysical (logging and cross-borehole, inseam seismic) techniques. A complete suite of geophysical logs was taken in eight exploratory boreholes to determine lithology and properties of the coal and surrounding strata. Coal cores taken from four different exploratory boreholes were analyzed to determine coal quality. Results of the characterization show that the coal seam of interest is approximately 47 ft thick at a depth of 570 to 600 ft at the site. The seam is characterized by high ash content, relatively low overall heating value, and a low permeability. The site appears suitable for conducting an underground coal gasification test.

  2. Gasification of coal-derived chars in synthesis gas mixtures under intraparticle mass-transfer-controlled conditions

    Microsoft Academic Search

    A. Bliek; J. C. Lont; Swaaij van W. P. M

    1986-01-01

    A model has been formulated to describe the quasi-steady-state gasification of coal-derived chars in gas mixtures where both the reactants carbon dioxide and steam, and the gasification products carbon monoxide and hydrogen are present. As such, these conditions reflect the situation found in most practical gasification systems.\\u000a\\u000aThe model presented is applied under conditions where intraparticle mass transfer is rate-controlling.

  3. Process and technology development activities for in-situ coal gasification, FY 82

    SciTech Connect

    Glass, R.E. (ed.)

    1983-04-01

    As part of DOE's Underground Coal-Gasification program, activities at Sandia National Laboratories have been directed at Process and Technology Development. The project areas include (1) the development of a cornering water-jet drill for use in linking vertical wells in Underground Coal-Gasification (UCG) tests; (2) the development of a controlled-source audiofrequency magnetotelluric (CSAMT) surface geophysical technique for monitoring the process, and (3) the development of models for use in predicting the growth of the cavity. The accomplishments for the year include (1) the successful completion of the first phase of testing for the cornering water-jet drill, (2) the mapping of underground coal-mine fires and the Hanna II and Rawlins T-2 UCG test sites using the controlled-source audio-frequency magnetotelluric technique, and (3) the completion of a thermomechanical cavity-growth model.

  4. Mathematical modelling of some chemical and physical processes in underground coal gasification

    SciTech Connect

    Creighton, J. R.

    1981-08-01

    Underground coal gasification normally involves two vertical wells which must be linked by a channel having low resistance to gas flow. There are several ways of establishing such linkage, but all leave a relatively open horizontal hole with a diameter on the order of a meter. To increase our understanding of the chemical and physical processes governing underground coal gasification LLNL has been conducting laboratory scale experiments accompanied by mathematical modelling. Blocks of selected coal types are cut to fit 55 gallon oil drums and sealed in place with plaster. A 1 cm. diameter hole is drilled the length of the block and plumbing attached to provide a flow of air or oxygen/steam mixture. After an instrumented burn the block is sawed open to examine the cavity. Mathematical modelling has been directed towards predicting the cavity shape. This paper describes some sub-models and examines their impact on predicted cavity shapes.

  5. Environmental aspects of coal gasification using the slagging gasifier

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. A. Lacey; C. Timmins; J. E. Scott

    1988-01-01

    The BGL gasifier has been developed at Westfield, Sctoland, using plants with coal throughputs of up to 500 tonnes\\/day. It has been shown that the gasifier has the potential for using commercial coal feedstocks by agglomerating some of the fines present and mixing with the lump coal. Environmental aspects of the process have been investigated: tar and oils can be

  6. One-Dimensional Model for Pulverized Coal Combustion and Gasification

    Microsoft Academic Search

    PHILIP J. SMITH; L. DOUGLAS SMOOT

    1980-01-01

    A one-dimensional model has been developed for pulverized coal combustors and gasifiers. The model describes the response of a coal particle system to its thermal, chemical and physical environment. Moisture vaporization, coal devolatilization, heterogeneous char oxidation, gas particle interchange, radiation, gas phase oxidation, primary and secondary stream mixing, and heat losses are considered. A predictor-corrector solution technique was used to

  7. Coal gasification: molten salt processes for sulfur emission control

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Glueck

    1973-01-01

    Two molten salt desulfurization processes are illustrated. ; Precombustion desulfurization of coal takes place in a single vessel. Pulverized ; coal, slurried with molten salt, is allowed to react with a melt that contains an ; agent with an affinity for the sulfurous compounds. The coal collects at the ; top, being less dense than the melt, and is drawn

  8. Hydrogen production by high-temperature steam gasification of biomass and coal

    SciTech Connect

    Kriengsak, S.N.; Buczynski, R.; Gmurczyk, J.; Gupta, A.K. [University of Maryland, College Park, MD (United States). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering

    2009-04-15

    High-temperature steam gasification of paper, yellow pine woodchips, and Pittsburgh bituminous coal was investigated in a batch-type flow reactor at temperatures in the range of 700 to 1,200{sup o}C at two different ratios of steam to feedstock molar ratios. Hydrogen yield of 54.7% for paper, 60.2% for woodchips, and 57.8% for coal was achieved on a dry basis, with a steam flow rate of 6.3 g/min at steam temperature of 1,200{sup o}C. Yield of both the hydrogen and carbon monoxide increased while carbon dioxide and methane decreased with the increase in gasification temperature. A 10-fold reduction in tar residue was obtained at high-temperature steam gasification, compared to low temperatures. Steam and gasification temperature affects the composition of the syngas produced. Higher steam-to-feedstock molar ratio had negligible effect on the amount of hydrogen produced in the syngas in the fixed-batch type of reactor. Gasification temperature can be used to control the amounts of hydrogen or methane produced from the gasification process. This also provides mean to control the ratio of hydrogen to CO in the syngas, which can then be processed to produce liquid hydrocarbon fuel since the liquid fuel production requires an optimum ratio between hydrogen and CO. The syngas produced can be further processed to produce pure hydrogen. Biomass fuels are good source of renewable fuels to produce hydrogen or liquid fuels using controlled steam gasification.

  9. Factors governing reactivity in low temperature coal gasification. Part 1. An attempt to correlate results from a suite of coals with experiments on maceral concentrates

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. C Messenböck; N. P Paterson; D. R Dugwell; R Kandiyoti

    2000-01-01

    This paper reports on the first stage of a study attempting to develop laboratory scale tests for the reliable determination and eventual prediction, of the effect of coal properties on the performance of coals in air blown gasifiers. The pyrolysis and gasification behaviour of a suite of coals have been matched, using a high-pressure wire-mesh reactor (WMR), with those of

  10. Assessment of underground coal gasification in bituminous coals: potential UCG products and markets. Final report, Phase I

    SciTech Connect

    None

    1982-01-31

    The following conclusions were drawn from the study: (1) The US will continue to require new sources of energy fuels and substitutes for petrochemical feedstocks into the foreseeable future. Most of this requirement will be met using coal. However, the cost of mining, transporting, cleaning, and preparing coal, disposing of ash or slag and scrubbing stack gases continues to rise; particularly, in the Eastern US where the need is greatest. UCG avoids these pitfalls and, as such, should be considered a viable alternative to the mining of deeper coals. (2) Of the two possible product gases LBG and MBG, MBG is the most versatile. (3) The most logical use for UCG product in the Eastern US is to generate power on-site using a combined-cycle or co-generation system. Either low or medium Btu gas (LBG or MBG) can be used. (4) UCG should be an option whenever surface gasification is considered; particularly, in areas where deeper, higher sulfur coal is located. (5) There are environmental and social benefits to use of UCG over surface gasification in the Eastern US. (6) A site could be chosen almost anywhere in the Illinois and Ohio area where amenable UCG coal has been determined due to the existence of existing transportation or transmission systems. (7) The technology needs to be demonstrated and the potential economic viability determined at a site in the East-North-Central US which has commercial quantities of amenable bituminous coal before utilities will show significant interest.

  11. Product Characterization for Entrained Flow Coal/Biomass Co-Gasification

    SciTech Connect

    Shawn Maghzi; Ramanathan Subramanian; George Rizeq; Surinder Singh; John McDermott; Boris Eiteneer; David Ladd; Arturo Vazquez; Denise Anderson; Noel Bates

    2011-09-30

    The U.S. Department of Energyâ??s National Energy Technology Laboratory (DOE NETL) is exploring affordable technologies and processes to convert domestic coal and biomass resources to high-quality liquid hydrocarbon fuels. This interest is primarily motivated by the need to increase energy security and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Gasification technologies represent clean, flexible and efficient conversion pathways to utilize coal and biomass resources. Substantial experience and knowledge had been developed worldwide on gasification of either coal or biomass. However, reliable data on effects of blending various biomass fuels with coal during gasification process and resulting syngas composition are lacking. In this project, GE Global Research performed a complete characterization of the gas, liquid and solid products that result from the co-gasification of coal/biomass mixtures. This work was performed using a bench-scale gasifier (BSG) and a pilot-scale entrained flow gasifier (EFG). This project focused on comprehensive characterization of the products from gasifying coal/biomass mixtures in a high-temperature, high-pressure entrained flow gasifier. Results from this project provide guidance on appropriate gas clean-up systems and optimization of operating parameters needed to develop and commercialize gasification technologies. GEâ??s bench-scale test facility provided the bulk of high-fidelity quantitative data under temperature, heating rate, and residence time conditions closely matching those of commercial oxygen-blown entrained flow gasifiers. Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) pilot-scale test facility provided focused high temperature and pressure tests at entrained flow gasifier conditions. Accurate matching of syngas time-temperature history during cooling ensured that complex species interactions including homogeneous and heterogeneous processes such as particle nucleation, coagulation, surface condensation, and gas-phase reactions were properly reproduced and lead to representative syngas composition at the syngas cooler outlet. The experimental work leveraged other ongoing GE R&D efforts such as biomass gasification and dry feeding systems projects. Experimental data obtained under this project were used to provide guidance on the appropriate clean-up system(s) and operating parameters to coal and biomass combinations beyond those evaluated under this project.

  12. Product Characterization for Entrained Flow Coal/Biomass Co-Gasification

    SciTech Connect

    Maghzi, Shawn; Subramanian, Ramanathan; Rizeq, George; Singh, Surinder; McDermott, John; Eiteneer, Boris; Ladd, David; Vazquez, Arturo; Anderson, Denise; Bates, Noel

    2011-09-30

    The U.S. Department of Energy‘s National Energy Technology Laboratory (DOE NETL) is exploring affordable technologies and processes to convert domestic coal and biomass resources to high-quality liquid hydrocarbon fuels. This interest is primarily motivated by the need to increase energy security and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Gasification technologies represent clean, flexible and efficient conversion pathways to utilize coal and biomass resources. Substantial experience and knowledge had been developed worldwide on gasification of either coal or biomass. However, reliable data on effects of blending various biomass fuels with coal during gasification process and resulting syngas composition are lacking. In this project, GE Global Research performed a complete characterization of the gas, liquid and solid products that result from the co-gasification of coal/biomass mixtures. This work was performed using a bench-scale gasifier (BSG) and a pilot-scale entrained flow gasifier (EFG). This project focused on comprehensive characterization of the products from gasifying coal/biomass mixtures in a high-temperature, high-pressure entrained flow gasifier. Results from this project provide guidance on appropriate gas clean-up systems and optimization of operating parameters needed to develop and commercialize gasification technologies. GE‘s bench-scale test facility provided the bulk of high-fidelity quantitative data under temperature, heating rate, and residence time conditions closely matching those of commercial oxygen-blown entrained flow gasifiers. Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) pilot-scale test facility provided focused high temperature and pressure tests at entrained flow gasifier conditions. Accurate matching of syngas time-temperature history during cooling ensured that complex species interactions including homogeneous and heterogeneous processes such as particle nucleation, coagulation, surface condensation, and gas-phase reactions were properly reproduced and lead to representative syngas composition at the syngas cooler outlet. The experimental work leveraged other ongoing GE R&D efforts such as biomass gasification and dry feeding systems projects. Experimental data obtained under this project were used to provide guidance on the appropriate clean-up system(s) and operating parameters to coal and biomass combinations beyond those evaluated under this project.

  13. COAL GASIFICATION ENVIRONMENTAL DATA SUMMARY: SULFUR AND NITROGEN SPECIES

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report summarizes data on sulfur and nitrogen species from the source test and environmental assessment studies of low- and medium-Btu gasification processes which were sponsored by the EPA between 1977 and 1981. The data are focused on the composition and distribution of the...

  14. Effects of coal combustion and gasification upon lung structure and function. Quarterly progress report, March 12, 1981

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1981-01-01

    The overall objective of the proposed research is to correlate both structural and functional alterations in cells and tissues of the lung brought about by exposure to fluidized bed combustion and fixed bed gasification effluents and reagent grade oxides of metals known to be associated with coal combustion and gasification.

  15. Effect of pretreatment and additives on boron release during pyrolysis and gasification of coal

    SciTech Connect

    Yuuki Mochizuki; Katsuyasu Sugawara; Yukio Enda [Akita University, Akita (Japan). Faculty of Engineering and Resources Science

    2009-09-15

    Boron is one of the most toxic and highly volatile elements present in coal. As part of a series of studies carried out on coal cleaning to prevent environmental problems and to promote efficient coal utilization processes, the removal of boron by leaching with water and acetic acid has been investigated. The effects of the addition of ash components, that is, SiO{sub 2}, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, and CaO on the control of boron release during pyrolysis and gasification were investigated. Here, 20-70% of boron in coal was removed by leaching the coal with water and acetic acid. Boron leached by water and acetic acid was related to the volatiles released from coal in pyrolysis below 1173 K. The addition of ash components such as SiO{sub 2} and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} was found to be effective in suppressing the release of boron during pyrolysis at temperatures below and above 1173 K, respectively. The addition of CaO to coal was effective in suppressing the release of boron during gasification at 1173 K. 26 refs., 7 figs., 3 tabs.

  16. Effect of steam partial pressure on gasification rate and gas composition of product gas from catalytic steam gasification of HyperCoal

    SciTech Connect

    Atul Sharma; Ikuo Saito; Toshimasa Takanohashi [National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Ibaraki (Japan). Advanced Fuel Group

    2009-09-15

    HyperCoal was produced from coal by a solvent extraction method. The effect of the partial pressure of steam on the gasification rate and gas composition at temperatures of 600, 650, 700, and 750{sup o}C was examined. The gasification rate decreased with decreasing steam partial pressure. The reaction order with respect to steam partial pressure was between 0.2 and 0.5. The activation energy for the K{sub 2}CO{sub 3}-catalyzed HyperCoal gasification was independent of the steam partial pressure and was about 108 kJ/mol. The gas composition changed with steam partial pressure and H{sub 2} and CO{sub 2} decreased and CO increased with decreasing steam partial pressure. By changing the partial pressure of the steam, the H{sub 2}/CO ratio of the synthesis gas can be controlled. 18 refs., 7 figs., 2 tabs.

  17. Fixed bed gasification studies on coal-feedlot biomass and coal-chicken litter biomass under batch mode operation 

    E-print Network

    Priyadarsan, Soyuz

    2002-01-01

    Particle Pore pyro VM Pyrolysis Volatile matter TABLE OF CONTENTS ABSTRACT. Page ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS . NOMENCLATURE . . . . , . . V1 TABLE OF CONTENTS . . LIST OF FIGURES. LIST OF TABLES . . . . . xx1n CHAPTER I INTRODUCTION . . . I. l Scope... of the proposed work. CHAPTER II LITERATURE REVIEW. II. I Pyrolysis and gasification reactions. II. 2 Transport and thermal fuel properties . . II. 3 Particle size II. 4 Void fraction, at h, moisture II, 5 Study for specific fuels . II. S. I Coal . . II. 5...

  18. Advanced coal-gasification technical analyses. Appendix 2: coal fines disposal. Final report, December 1982-September 1985

    SciTech Connect

    Cover, A.E.; Hubbard, D.A.; Jain, S.K.; Shah, K.V.

    1986-01-01

    This report is a compilation of several studies conducted by KRSI under the Advanced Coal Gasification Technical Analyses contract with GRI. It addresses the issue of disposal and/or utilization of the coal fines that cannot be used as feedstock for fixed-bed (i.e. Lurgi) gasifiers. Specific items addressed are: (1) Technical, legal and economic aspects of fines burial, (2) Estimation of the premium for fines-free coal delivered to an SNG plant and resulting reduction in SNG production costs, (3) Comparison of the relative advantages and limitations of Winkler and GKT gasifiers to consuming fines, (4) Review of coal-size consist curves in the GRI Guidelines to assess the fines content of ROM coals, (5) a first-pass design and cost estimate using GKT gasifiers in tandem with Lurgi gasifiers in an North Dakota lignite-to-SNG plant to consume full range of coal-size consist, (6) Evaluation of the General Electric technology for extrusion of coal fines and testing of the extrudates in a fixed-bed gasifier, and (7) Investigation of equipment and variables involved in briquetting of coal fines, such that fines could be fed to the gasifiers along with the lump coal.

  19. Subcontracted R and D final report: analysis of samples obtained from GKT gasification test of Kentucky coal. Nonproprietary version

    SciTech Connect

    Raman, S.V.

    1983-09-01

    A laboratory test program was performed to obtain detailed compositional data on the Gesellshaft fuer Kohle-Technologie (GKT) gasifier feed and effluent streams. GKT performed pilot gasification tests with Kentucky No. 9 coal and collected various samples which were analyzed by GKT and the Radian Corporation, Austin, Texas. The coal chosen had good liquefaction characteristics and a high gasification reactivity. No organic priority pollutants or PAH compounds were detected in the wash water, and solid waste leachates were within RCRA metals limits.

  20. Solvent extraction process development and on-site trial-plant for phenol removal from industrial coal-gasification wastewater

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Chufen Yang; Yu Qian; Lijuan Zhang; Jianzhong Feng

    2006-01-01

    A phenol removal process was developed for the coal-gasification wastewater. Based on extraction principles and experimental results, an extracting solvent was selected in consideration of phenol removal, solvent recovery and COD removal for the coal-gasification wastewater. The extraction process conditions were studied, and a flowsheet for phenol removal was proposed. An on-site trial-plant of 2t\\/h wastewater was set up for

  1. TVA coal-gasification commercial demonstration plant project. Volume 5. Plant based on Koppers-Totzek gasifier. Final report

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1980-11-01

    This volume presents a technical description of a coal gasification plant, based on Koppers-Totzek gasifiers, producing a medium Btu fuel gas product. Foster Wheeler carried out a conceptual design and cost estimate of a nominal 20,000 TPSD plant based on TVA design criteria and information supplied by Krupp-Koppers concerning the Koppers-Totzek coal gasification process. Technical description of the design is given in this volume.

  2. Theoretical and experimental studies of fixed-bed coal gasification reactors. Final report

    SciTech Connect

    Joseph, B.; Bhattacharya, A.; Salam, L.; Dudukovic, M.P.

    1983-09-01

    A laboratory fixed-bed gasification reactor was designed and built with the objective of collecting operational data for model validation and parameter estimation. The reactor consists of a 4 inch stainless steel tube filled with coal or char. Air and steam is fed at one end of the reactor and the dynamic progress of gasification in the coal or char bed is observed through thermocouples mounted at various radial and axial locations. Product gas compositions are also monitored as a function of time. Results of gasification runs using Wyoming coal are included in this report. In parallel with the experimental study, a two-dimensional model of moving bed gasifiers was developed, coded into a computer program and tested. This model was used to study the laboratory gasifier by setting the coal feed rate equal to zero. The model is based on prior work on steady state and dynamic modeling done at Washington University and published elsewhere in the literature. Comparisons are made between model predictions and experimental results. These are also included in this report. 23 references, 18 figures, 6 tables.

  3. Sulfur emission from Victorian brown coal under pyrolysis, oxy-fuel combustion and gasification conditions.

    PubMed

    Chen, Luguang; Bhattacharya, Sankar

    2013-02-01

    Sulfur emission from a Victorian brown coal was quantitatively determined through controlled experiments in a continuously fed drop-tube furnace under three different atmospheres: pyrolysis, oxy-fuel combustion, and carbon dioxide gasification conditions. The species measured were H(2)S, SO(2), COS, CS(2), and more importantly SO(3). The temperature (873-1273 K) and gas environment effects on the sulfur species emission were investigated. The effect of residence time on the emission of those species was also assessed under oxy-fuel condition. The emission of the sulfur species depended on the reaction environment. H(2)S, SO(2), and CS(2) are the major species during pyrolysis, oxy-fuel, and gasification. Up to 10% of coal sulfur was found to be converted to SO(3) under oxy-fuel combustion, whereas SO(3) was undetectable during pyrolysis and gasification. The trend of the experimental results was qualitatively matched by thermodynamic predictions. The residence time had little effect on the release of those species. The release of sulfur oxides, in particular both SO(2) and SO(3), is considerably high during oxy-fuel combustion even though the sulfur content in Morwell coal is only 0.80%. Therefore, for Morwell coal utilization during oxy-fuel combustion, additional sulfur removal, or polishing systems will be required in order to avoid corrosion in the boiler and in the CO(2) separation units of the CO(2) capture systems. PMID:23301852

  4. Modeling the underground coal gasification process: part II--water influx

    SciTech Connect

    Krantz, W.B.; Gunn, R.D.

    1983-01-01

    Water influx plays a pivotal role in the underground coal gasification (UCG) process. The natural water influx is an inherent advantage of the UCG process since it promotes the steam/char gasification reaction without the need for injection of high quality surface water. However, the vaporization of excessive water influx robs heat needed to promote the endothermic gasification reactions. Water-influx modeling studies seek to identify the principal mechanisms responsible for water influx, to predict the instantaneous water influx, to prescribe laboratory methods for characterizing the water influx properties of a UCG site, and to suggest operating strategies whereby the adverse effects of excessive water influx can be minimized. This paper then reviews the state-of-the-art in water-influx modeling studies.

  5. Geology of the Hanna Formation, Hanna Underground Coal Gasification Site, Hanna, Wyoming

    SciTech Connect

    Oliver, R.L.; Youngberg, A.D.

    1984-01-01

    The Hanna Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) study area consists of the SW1/4 of Section 29 and the E1/2SE1/4 of Section 30 in Township 22 North, Range 81 West, Wyoming. Regionally, this is located in the coal-bearing Hanna Syncline of the Hanna Basin in southeast Wyoming. The structure of the site is characterized by beds dipping gently to the northeast. An east-west fault graben complex interrupts this basic trend in the center of the area. The target coal bed of the UCG experiments was the Hanna No. 1 coal in the Hanna Formation. Sedimentary rocks comprising the Hanna Formation consist of a sequence of nonmarine shales, sandstones, coals and conglomerates. The overburden of the Hanna No. 1 coal bed at the Hanna UCG site was divided into four broad local stratigraphic units. Analytical studies were made on overburden and coal samples taken from cores to determine their mineralogical composition. Textural and mineralogical characteristics of sandstones from local stratigraphic units A, B, and C were analyzed and compared. Petrographic analyses were done on the coal including oxides, forms of sulfur, pyrite types, maceral composition, and coal rank. Semi-quantitative spectrographic and analytic geochemical analyses were done on the overburden and coal and relative element concentrations were compared. Trends within each stratigraphic unit were also presented and related to depositional environments. The spectrographic analysis was also done by lithotype. 34 references, 60 figures, 18 tables.

  6. Rubbling and structural stability of underground coal gasification reactors

    SciTech Connect

    Mortazavi, H.R.

    1989-01-01

    In this research several spalling mechanism for coal are identified, analyzed, and modeled. These models are solved by finite element method or finite difference method. The models are applied to conduct numerical experiments and parametric studies to determine the significance of the spalling mechanisms and determine the importance characteristics of each one. Phenomenological models for failure of coal are proposed and applied to compute the regression rate of the coal face. Moreover, the significant spalling mechanism are incorporated in a comprehensive computer model to describe sidewall and roof regression in the UCG reactor. The spalling mechanism include: thermal stresses, moisture induced stresses, heterogeneity of the coefficient of thermal expansion of the coal, variation of the structural properties of the coal due to temperature rise, and mechanical stresses. It is found that the thermal stresses are mostly compressive, they have a skin effect, and they may lead to compressive crushing of the sidewalls. The moisture induced stresses have a very significant effect in the growth of the UCG reactor for low rank coals (sub-bituminous and lower) and they lead to tensile failure of the coal face. Mechanical stresses play a major role in growth of UCG reactors. The computer model is used to simulate the growth of UCG reactors in rubble free and partially rubble-filled situations. The effects of coal properties, coal seam depth, strength of the bond between the coal and the underburden rock, separation of the coal from the overburden rock, and formation of hot and cold rubble on growth of the cavity are studied.

  7. Improving process performances in coal gasification for power and synfuel production

    SciTech Connect

    M. Sudiro; A. Bertucco; F. Ruggeri; M. Fontana [University of Padova, Milan (Italy). Italy and Foster Wheeler Italiana Spa

    2008-11-15

    This paper is aimed at developing process alternatives of conventional coal gasification. A number of possibilities are presented, simulated, and discussed in order to improve the process performances, to avoid the use of pure oxygen, and to reduce the overall CO{sub 2} emissions. The different process configurations considered include both power production, by means of an integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) plant, and synfuel production, by means of Fischer-Tropsch (FT) synthesis. The basic idea is to thermally couple a gasifier, fed with coal and steam, and a combustor where coal is burnt with air, thus overcoming the need of expensive pure oxygen as a feedstock. As a result, no or little nitrogen is present in the syngas produced by the gasifier; the required heat is transferred by using an inert solid as the carrier, which is circulated between the two modules. First, a thermodynamic study of the dual-bed gasification is carried out. Then a dual-bed gasification process is simulated by Aspen Plus, and the efficiency and overall CO{sub 2} emissions of the process are calculated and compared with a conventional gasification with oxygen. Eventually, the scheme with two reactors (gasifier-combustor) is coupled with an IGCC process. The simulation of this plant is compared with that of a conventional IGCC, where the gasifier is fed by high purity oxygen. According to the newly proposed configuration, the global plant efficiency increases by 27.9% and the CO{sub 2} emissions decrease by 21.8%, with respect to the performances of a conventional IGCC process. 29 refs., 7 figs., 5 tabs.

  8. Integration and testing of hot desulfurization and entrained flow gasification for power generation systems. [Zinc titanates

    SciTech Connect

    Leininger, T.F.; Robin, A.; Jung, D.Y.; Kassman, J.S.; Wolfenbarger, J.K.; Yang, P.P.

    1992-01-01

    To help achieve the goal of clean, low cost power generation from coal, Texaco submitted an unsolicited proposal in July 1986 to develop and demonstrate the integration of high temperature desulfurization with the Texaco Coal Gasification Process (TCGP). The main goals of the proposed program were: Develop and demonstrate in-situ desulfurization of synthesis gas in an entrained flow gasifier using both air and oxygen gasification. Develop and demonstrate a high efficiency integrated system on a process development unit (PDU) scale which would include coal preparation, gasification, sulfur removal, particle and trace element removal and a gas turbine. In addition, secondary goals were proposed which would help further major research in which DOE/METC was already involved. These were: Test advanced instruments developed by METC for coal conversion processes. Screen alternative high temperature sulfur removal sorbents that could be used external to the gasifier. Development of these sorbents would provide a backup to the in-situ desulfurization approach. Accomplishments to date are presented.

  9. Integration and testing of hot desulfurization and entrained flow gasification for power generation systems

    SciTech Connect

    Leininger, T.F.; Robin, A.; Jung, D.Y.; Kassman, J.S.; Wolfenbarger, J.K.; Yang, P.P.

    1992-11-01

    To help achieve the goal of clean, low cost power generation from coal, Texaco submitted an unsolicited proposal in July 1986 to develop and demonstrate the integration of high temperature desulfurization with the Texaco Coal Gasification Process (TCGP). The main goals of the proposed program were: Develop and demonstrate in-situ desulfurization of synthesis gas in an entrained flow gasifier using both air and oxygen gasification. Develop and demonstrate a high efficiency integrated system on a process development unit (PDU) scale which would include coal preparation, gasification, sulfur removal, particle and trace element removal and a gas turbine. In addition, secondary goals were proposed which would help further major research in which DOE/METC was already involved. These were: Test advanced instruments developed by METC for coal conversion processes. Screen alternative high temperature sulfur removal sorbents that could be used external to the gasifier. Development of these sorbents would provide a backup to the in-situ desulfurization approach. Accomplishments to date are presented.

  10. Taguchi approach for co-gasification optimization of torrefied biomass and coal.

    PubMed

    Chen, Wei-Hsin; Chen, Chih-Jung; Hung, Chen-I

    2013-09-01

    This study employs the Taguchi method to approach the optimum co-gasification operation of torrefied biomass (eucalyptus) and coal in an entrained flow gasifier. The cold gas efficiency is adopted as the performance index of co-gasification. The influences of six parameters, namely, the biomass blending ratio, oxygen-to-fuel mass ratio (O/F ratio), biomass torrefaction temperature, gasification pressure, steam-to-fuel mass ratio (S/F ratio), and inlet temperature of the carrier gas, on the performance of co-gasification are considered. The analysis of the signal-to-noise ratio suggests that the O/F ratio is the most important factor in determining the performance and the appropriate O/F ratio is 0.7. The performance is also significantly affected by biomass along with torrefaction, where a torrefaction temperature of 300°C is sufficient to upgrade eucalyptus. According to the recommended operating conditions, the values of cold gas efficiency and carbon conversion at the optimum co-gasification are 80.99% and 94.51%, respectively. PMID:23907063

  11. Instrumentation and process control development for in situ coal gasification. Quarterly report, April-June 1980

    SciTech Connect

    Glass, R.E. (ed.)

    1980-10-01

    This report discusses the results of modeling efforts by Sandia National Laboratories in in-situ coal gasification. The main areas addressed are (1) flow characteristics and (2) initial cavity growth. The flow characteristics problem has been addressed using both a single phase finite element model and a two phase finite difference model. The initial cavity growth problem has been addressed using a finite element structural model. These models are useful for providing insight into the processes and for determining the characteristics needed to insure successful in-situ coal gasification. Also to be discussed is the development of the controlled source audio magnetotelluric (CSAMT) electromagnetic geophysical prospecting technique. This technique is being evaluated for use in mapping in-situ processes. The application discussed is the LETC tar sands project near Vernal, Utah.

  12. Three-dimensional laboratory simulation of the pressure dependency of UCG (underground coal gasification)

    SciTech Connect

    Glaser, R.R.; Johnson, L.A. Jr.

    1985-10-01

    Western Research Institute conducted a series of laboratory tests of underground coal gasification (UCG) at 100, 300, and 500 psig to investigate the effects of pressure on UCG product gas quality. Pressure did not significantly influence methane production rates because high temperatures thermodynamically exclude methanation as a principal producer of methane. The methane produced in these experiments ws the result of pyrolysis reactions. Hydrogen and carbon monoxide production decreased in the higher pressure tests, as expected from chemical equilibrium calculations. Mass transfer influences on the cavity wall growth rates were indicated by the strong dependency of air mass flux on gas quality observed in all three experiments. The difference noted between steeply dipping bed and horizontal underground coal gasification performance as a function of pressure is probably attributable to differences in reactor geometries. 12 refs., 11 figs., 4 tabs.

  13. The effect of Jatropha torrified biomass and coal preparation on steam co-gasification in a fixed bed reactor

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Aloqaili, Mashal Mohammed

    Coal fired power stations produce vast amounts of harmful products that may affect our health and environment. Co-gasification of coal and biomass could be a solution to this issue as an emerging technology. Biomass may reduce emissions significantly and it may contribute to reducing capital operational cost while providing high gas yields. This research tests the co-gasification of coal and biomass blended chars. Coal and biomass were both prepared. Coal Illinois No #6 was prepared as coal semi-char and coal-char while Jatropha biomass was torrefied at six different temperatures ranging from [200-300] ºC. The co-gasification experiments was conducted in a fixed-bed reactor. A gasification temperature was 900 ºC and a constant flow rate of 100 mL/min. Carbon conversion, maximum char reactivity, products yield and amount of hydrogen produced were evaluated and studied based on data obtained from the G.C. Additionally, weight of bed material and ash leftover weight from gasification process were significantly contributed in calculating the carbon conversion percentages.

  14. Development of biological coal gasification (MicGAS) process

    SciTech Connect

    Walia, D.S.; Srivastava, K.C.; Barik, S.

    1992-01-01

    Biomethanation of coal is a phenomenon carried out in concert by a mixed population (consortium) of at least three different groups of anaerobic bacteria and can be considered analogous to that of anaerobic digestion of municipal waste. The exception, however, is that unlike municipal waste; coal is a much complex and difficult substrate to degrade. This project was focused on studying the types of microorganisms involved in coal degradation, rates of methane production, developing a cost-effective synthetic culture medium for these microbial consortia and determining the rate of methane production in bench scale bioreactors.

  15. Development of biological coal gasification (MicGAS) process

    SciTech Connect

    Walia, D.S.; Srivastava, K.C.; Barik, S.

    1992-11-01

    Biomethanation of coal is a phenomenon carried out in concert by a mixed population (consortium) of at least three different groups of anaerobic bacteria and can be considered analogous to that of anaerobic digestion of municipal waste. The exception, however, is that unlike municipal waste; coal is a much complex and difficult substrate to degrade. This project was focused on studying the types of microorganisms involved in coal degradation, rates of methane production, developing a cost-effective synthetic culture medium for these microbial consortia and determining the rate of methane production in bench scale bioreactors.

  16. Chemical composition of glass and crystalline phases in coarse coal gasification ash

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. H. Matjie; Zhongsheng Li; Colin R. Ward; David French

    2008-01-01

    A procedure has been developed for determining the chemical composition and relative abundance of the amorphous or glassy material, as well as crystalline phases, present in coarse coal gasification ash, in order to assist in predicting the behaviour of the material in cement\\/brick\\/concrete applications. The procedure is based on a combination of quantitative X-ray diffraction (XRD), chemical analysis and electron

  17. Removal of phenols, thiocyanate and ammonium from coal gasification wastewater using moving bed biofilm reactor

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Hui-qiang Li; Hong-jun Han; Mao-an Du; Wei Wang

    2011-01-01

    A laboratory-scale moving bed biofilm reactor (MBBR) with a volume of 4L was used to study the biodegradation of coal gasification wastewater. Maximum removal efficiencies of 81%, 89%, 94% and 93% were obtained for COD, phenols, SCN? and NH4+-N, respectively. NO2--N accumulation induced increase of effluent COD concentration when the hydraulic residence time (HRT) decreased. Phenols removal was not affected

  18. Inhibition and recovery of nitrification in treating real coal gasification wastewater with moving bed biofilm reactor

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Huiqiang Li; Hongjun Han; Maoan Du; Wei Wang

    2011-01-01

    Moving bed biofilm reactor (MBBR) was used to treat real coal gasification wastewater. Nitrification of the MBBR was inhibited almost completely during start-up period. Sudden increase of influent total NH3 concentration was the main factor inducing nitrification inhibition. Increasing DO concentration in the bulk liquid (from 2 to 3 mg\\/L) had little effect on nitrification recovery. Nitrification of the MBBR

  19. In situ formation of coal gasification catalysts from low cost alkali metal salts

    DOEpatents

    Wood, Bernard J. (Santa Clara, CA); Brittain, Robert D. (Cupertino, CA); Sancier, Kenneth M. (Menlo Park, CA)

    1985-01-01

    A carbonaceous material, such as crushed coal, is admixed or impregnated with an inexpensive alkali metal compound, such as sodium chloride, and then pretreated with a stream containing steam at a temperature of 350.degree. to 650.degree. C. to enhance the catalytic activity of the mixture in a subsequent gasification of the mixture. The treatment may result in the transformation of the alkali metal compound into another, more catalytically active, form.

  20. Toxicity of underground coal gasification condenser water and selected constituents to aquatic biota

    Microsoft Academic Search

    G. M. DeGraeve; R. L. Overcast; H. L. Bergman

    1980-01-01

    The acute and embryo-larval toxicity of the Laramie Energy Technology Center's Hanna-3 underground coal gasification (UCG) condenser water and its constituents were studied in continuous-flow bioassays. The 96-hr LC50 dilution values for untreated Hanna-3 UCG condenser water were 0.1% for rainbow trout, 0.11% for fathead minnows and the 48-hr LC50 dilution forDaphnia pulicaria was 0.18%. Separate 96-hr acute tests with

  1. LLNL underground coal-gasification-project. Quarterly progress report, January-March 1982

    SciTech Connect

    Stephens, D.R.; Clements, W. (eds.)

    1982-05-18

    We report here the results of further analysis of data from the large block experiments. The five experiments that were completed were designed to investigate the basic burn and gasification characteristics of the Big Dirty coal seam, which is a likely candidate for UCG applications. They included burns with 1/1 and 3/1 steam/oxygen injection at two different flow-rate schedules, a burn with air injection, and a test of the controlled retracting injection point (CRIP) concept for moving the injection point into fresh coal. Results of the experiments indicate that the UCG process in Big Dirty coal is insensitive to changes in steam/oxygen ratio or flow rate over the ranges used. Our test of the CRIP concept was successful. We report a model study done to seek an explanation for a phenomenon observed in many steam/oxygen UCG experiments: namely, that the concentration of hydrogen in dry product gas tends to remain relatively constant, while the carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide concentrations vary. Using a simple model, we show that a product-gas hydrogen concentration near 50% (which is typical for steam/oxygen gasification) is stable with respect to perturbations in the system, while hydrogen concentrations considerably less than 50% (such as are typical for air gasification) are not. We have continued our historical survey of Soviet UCG experience. Around 1962, at Angren, the Soviets tried a different technique - directional drilling - for establishing the gasification channels that are needed in an underground coal seam to connect the process wells.

  2. Analysis of pipe failure at the Great Plains Coal Gasification Plant

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. R. Keiser; J. R. Mayotte; O. C. Dias

    1994-01-01

    The rupture of a carbon steel elbow in the methanation area of the Great Plains Coal Gasification Plant resulted in a fire and plant shutdown. Failure studies consisted of an on-site inspection and an extensive laboratory examination that included light metallography, X-ray fluorescence, X-ray diffraction, chemical analyses, and electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis. It was concluded that operation of a

  3. Analysis of pipe failure for the Great Plains Coal Gasification Plant

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. R. Keiser; J. R. Mayotte; O. C. Dias

    1990-01-01

    The rupture of a carbon steel elbow in the methanation area of the Great Plains Coal Gasification Plant resulted in a fire and plant shutdown. The failure was investigated by personnel from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and ANG Associates, the plant operators. These studies consisted of an on-site inspection and extensive laboratory examination that included optical metallography, x-ray fluorescence, x-ray

  4. Characterization and Failure Analysis of Ceramic Filters Utilized for Emission Control Coal Gasification

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Daniel Mei; Jianren Zhou; Ziaul Huque

    1998-01-01

    Advanced integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) and pressurized fluidized bed;\\u000acombustion (PFBC) power system requires both hot gas desulfurization and particulate filtration;\\u000ato improve system thermal efficiency and overall performance. Therefore, effective high;\\u000atemperature ceramic filters are indispensable key component in both of the advanced IGCC and;\\u000aPFBC coal based power systems to perform hot gas cleanup work.;\\u000aTo meet

  5. Advanced coal-gasification technical analyses. Appendix 1: technology reviews. Final report, December 1982September 1985

    Microsoft Academic Search

    D. A. Hubbard; S. K. Jain; K. V. Shah

    1986-01-01

    This document is a result of KRSI's activities to support the GRI\\/Advisors Committee thru the duration of the contract. It provides an overview of the gasification, shift\\/methanation, acid-gas removal, and sulfur-recovery technologies for use in coal-to SNG plant design. For selected processes in each technology area, Status Summary reports are presented. The non-proprietary information contained in these reports was utilized

  6. Subtask 3.16 - Low-Cost Coal-Water Fuel for Entrained-Flow Gasification

    SciTech Connect

    Anderson, C.M.

    1997-10-01

    The specific objective of this research project is to assess the potential process efficiency and pollution control benefits that may occur by applying the hydrothermal, or hot water-drying, process to low-rank coals as related to entrained-flow gasification systems. Project emphasis is on identifying more efficient coal dewatering and CWF formulation methods prior to gasification. A favorable estimate of incremental cost for integrated hydrothermal drying depends, in part, on increasing the particle size of the feed coal from minus 100 to minus 28 mesh for the purpose of simplifying the slurry concentration process. Two options will be reviewed for dewatering or concentrating the processed slurry: (1) repressurization and then concentration with sieve bends or (2) partial dewatering at system pressure with hydroclones. Both have their own merits, sieve bends being a low-cost alternative, while hydroclone application would not require additional pumping sections prior to gasification. Various CWF samples with different particle-size distributions and solids concentrations will be sent to equipment vendors for application review. Also, EERC cost models will be used to calculate the integral cost of adding the partial dewatering to the hydrothermal technology for a commercial-size facility.

  7. Hydrogen production from coal by separating carbon dioxide during gasification

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Shiying Lin; Michiaki Harada; Yoshizo Suzuki; Hiroyuki Hatano

    2002-01-01

    Hydrogen generation during the reaction of a coal\\/CaO mixture with high pressure steam was investigated using a flow-type reactor. Coal, CaO and CO reactions with steam, and CO2 absorption by Ca(OH)2 or CaO occurred simultaneously in the experiment. It was found that H2 was the primary resultant gas, comprising about 85% of the reaction products. CO2 was fixed into CaCO3

  8. The design of steels for coal gasification pressure vessels

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. M. Horn; R. J. Kar; V. F. Zackay; E. R. Parker

    1979-01-01

    The National Energy Plan calls for a doubling of the use of coal in the next decade. Toward the end of the coming decade,\\u000a it is anticipated that a new large scale technology will be developed that will convert much of this coal into oil and gas.\\u000a A key component of the new technology is the thick wall pressure vessel

  9. Examination of Gasification Characteristics of Pressurized Two-Stage Entrained Flow Coal Gasifier

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hara, Saburo; Ichikawa, Kazuyoshi; Inumaru, Jun; Ashizawa, Masami

    The program for the 200T/D coal gasification pilot plant was initiated in 1986 and successfully completed in 1996. In this program, a two-stage pressurized air-blown entrained flow coal gasifier was adopted, jointly developed by Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industry, Ltd. using a 2T/D bench scale gasifier. In the 200T/D pilot plant, domestic Taiheiyo coal and Australian Moura, Warkworth coal were used for test operations. The commissioned tests of these three types of coals have been carried out in a 2T/D gasifier, prior to the pilot plant operation. The gasification characteristics of 2T/D and 200T/D gasifiers were evaluated. At the same gasifier air ratio, per pass fixed carbon conversion efficiency of the 2T/D gasifier is about 10% lower than that of the 200T/D gasifier and the heat absorption rate to the gasifier wall of the 2T/D gasifier is about 2% higher than that of the 200T/D gasifier.

  10. Mineralogical characterization of Sasol feed coals and corresponding gasification ash constituents

    SciTech Connect

    Aivo B. Hlatshwayo; Ratale H. Matjie; Zhongsheng Li; Colin R. Ward [Sasol Technology (Proprietary) Limited, Sasolburg (South Africa)

    2009-05-15

    Feed coal and coarse ash particles (heated rock fragments and clinkers), produced from Sasol-Lurgi gasifier tests under different operating conditions, have been characterized by quantitative X-ray diffraction, electron microprobe analysis, and associated chemical techniques, as a basis for better understanding of the relations between the mineralogical and physical properties of the ash particles. Crystalline phases in the ashes include quartz particles inherited directly from the feed coal, as well as anorthite, mullite, and diopside, derived from solid-state reactions or crystallization of a silicate melt during the gasification process. Glass, cooled from the melt, is also abundant in the ash materials. The abundance of large particles of hard minerals in the coal or the ash, such as quartz, anorthite, pyrite, and diopside, has been correlated with a laboratory-determined abrasion index and may contribute significantly to wear on mechanical equipment during coal- or ash-handling operations. 21 refs., 3 figs., 9 tabs.

  11. Texaco, carbide form hydrogen plant venture

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1992-03-30

    This paper reports that Texaco Inc. and Union Carbide Industrial Gases Inc. (UCIG) have formed a joint venture to develop and operate hydrogen plants. The venture, named HydroGEN Supply Co., is owned by Texaco Hydrogen Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Texaco, and UCIG Hydrogen Services Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of UCIG. Plants built by HydroGEN will combine Texaco's HyTEX technology for hydrogen production with UCIG's position in cryogenic and advanced air separation technology. Texaco the U.S. demand for hydrogen is expected to increase sharply during the next decade, while refinery hydrogen supply is expected to drop. The Clean Air Act amendments of 1990 require U.S. refiners to lower aromatics in gasoline, resulting in less hydrogen recovered by refiners from catalytic reforming units. Meanwhile, requirements to reduce sulfur in diesel fuel will require more hydrogen capacity.

  12. Fixed-bed gasification research using US coals. Volume 1. Program and facility description

    SciTech Connect

    Thimsen, D.; Maurer, R.E.; Poole, A.R.; Pui, D.; Liu, B.; Kittleson, D.

    1984-10-01

    The United States Department of Interior, Bureau of Mines, Twin Cities Research Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota is the site of a 6.5 foot diameter Wellman-Galusha gasifier, installed in 1977-1978. This gasifier, combustor/incinerator, and flue gas scrubber system in the past had been operated jointly by Bureau of Mines personnel, personnel from member companies of the Mining and Industrial Fuel Gas Group, and United States Department of Energy personnel-consultants. Numerous tests using a variety of coals have to date been performed. In May of 1982, Black, Sivalls and Bryson, Incorporated (BS and B) was awarded the contract to plan, execute, and report gasification test performance data from this small industrial fixed-bed gasification test facility. BS and B is responsible for program administration, test planning, test execution, and all documentation of program activities and test reports. The University of Minnesota, Particle Technology Laboratory (UMPTL) is subcontractor to BS and B to monitor process parameters, and provide analysis for material inputs and outputs. This report is the initial volume in a series of reports describing the fixed-bed gasification of US coals at the Bureau of Mines, Twin Cities Research Center. A history of the program is given in Section 1 and a thorough description of the facility in Section 2. The operation of the facility is described in Section 3. Monitoring systems and procedures are described in Sections 4 and 5. Data reduction tools are outlined in Section 6. There is no executive summary or conclusions as this volume serves only to describe the research program. Subsequent volumes will detail each gasification test and other pertinent results of the gasification program. 32 references, 23 figures, 15 tables.

  13. Flash pyrolysis and gasification of coal through laser heating

    SciTech Connect

    Beattie, W.H.; Sullivan, J.A.

    1980-01-01

    Experimental results obtained from the rapid pyrolysis of finely powdered coal are presented. The experiments are designed to provide basic information on gas yield, gas composition, optimum fluxes, and temperature history of coal samples under high intensity laser radiation. The information obtained from these experiments will be used to test concepts for the use of concentrated sunlight to produce fuel gases from coal. Heating the coal at rates of 10/sup 3/ to 10/sup 4/ C/s in an inert atmosphere of argon results in pyrolysis at temperatures between 400 and 800/sup 0/C. The gases evolved are primarily CO, H/sub 2/, and CH/sub 4/ with lesser amounts of CO/sub 2/ and other light hydrocarbons. Mass spectrometry is used to determine the composition of the evolved gases. The optimum flux for laser pyrolysis of coal was found to be 250 W/cm/sup 2/. Results from experiments wherein the char created by pyrolysis is gasified to CO in an atmosphere of CO/sub 2/ are also presented.

  14. Coal gasification power generation, and product market study. Topical report, March 1, 1995--March 31, 1996

    SciTech Connect

    Sheesley, D.; King, S.B.

    1998-12-31

    This Western Research Institute (WRI) project was part of a WRI Energy Resource Utilization Program to stimulate pilot-scale improved technologies projects to add value to coal resources in the Rocky Mountain region. The intent of this program is to assess the application potential of emerging technologies to western resources. The focus of this project is on a coal resource near the Wyoming/Colorado border, in Colorado. Energy Fuels Corporation/Kerr Coal Company operates a coal mine in Jackson County, Colorado. The coal produces 10,500 Btu/lb and has very low sulfur and ash contents. Kerr Coal Company is seeking advanced technology for alternate uses for this coal. This project was to have included a significant cost-share from the Kerr Coal Company ownership for a market survey of potential products and technical alternatives to be studied in the Rocky Mountain Region. The Energy Fuels Corporation/Kerr Coal Company and WRI originally proposed this work on a cost reimbursable basis. The total cost of the project was priced at $117,035. The Kerr Coal Company had scheduled at least $60,000.00 to be spent on market research for the project that never developed because of product market changes for the company. WRI and Kerr explored potential markets and new technologies for this resource. The first phase of this project as a preliminary study had studied fuel and nonfuel technical alternatives. Through related projects conducted at WRI, resource utilization was studied to find high-value materials that can be targeted for fuel and nonfuel use and eventually include other low-sulfur coals in the Rocky Mountain region. The six-month project work was spread over about a three-year period to observe, measure, and confirm over time-any trends in technology development that would lead to economic benefits in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming from coal gasification and power generation.

  15. Corrosion and degradation of materials in the CONOCO DOAL COâ-Acceptor coal-gasification plant. [More than 30 alloys

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    R. Yurkewycz; R. F. Firestone; K. J. Barton

    1981-01-01

    Corrosion specimens were exposed to the operating environments in the CONOCO COAL (COâ-Acceptor) coal gasification plant between 1974 and 1977. The plant operated on the COâ-Acceptor principle. Metal and refractory specimens were exposed in the gasifier and the regenerator vessels. Metal specimens only were exposed in the gasifier and regenerator quench towers. Exposure times ranged from 740 h to 2990

  16. Mathematical Modeling of Coal Gasification Processes in a Well-Stirred Reactor: Effects of Devolatilization and Moisture Content

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    Qiao, Li

    in coal and biomass play an important role on the gasification performance of these fuels and syngas production). The results show that the syngas yield is most sensitive to the reaction rates on the syngas composition. The coal conversion time is most sensitive to the heat transfer rates including both

  17. Reactivities of in situ and ex situ coal chars during gasification in steam at 1000–1400°C

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    F. F. Peng; I. C. Lee; R. Y. K. Yang

    1995-01-01

    A unique feature of this study is the gasification of chars (in situ chars) in steam, starting from coals and proceedings uninterrupted, as opposed toa large number of previous studies, in which coals are first devolatilized in inert atmosphere, and the resulting chars (ex situ chars) are then gasified under conditions different from that of devolatilization. A large number of

  18. DESIGN, FABRICATION, ASSEMBLY AND BENCH TESTING OF A TEXACO INFRARED RATIO PYROMETER SYSTEM FOR THE MEASUREMENT OF REACTION CHAMBER TEMPERATURE

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    Tom Leininger

    2001-03-31

    Reliable measurement of gasifier reaction chamber temperature is important for the proper operation of slagging, entrained-flow gasification processes. Historically, thermocouples have been used as the main measurement technique, with the temperature inferred from syngas methane concentration being used as a backup measurement. While these have been sufficient for plant operation in many cases, both techniques suffer from limitations. The response time of methane measurements is too slow to detect rapid upset conditions, and thermocouples are subject to long-term drift, as well as slag attack, which eventually leads to failure of the thermocouple. Texaco's Montebello Technology Center (MTC) has developed an infrared ratio pyrometer system for measuring gasifier reaction chamber temperature. This system has a faster response time than both methane and thermocouples, and has been demonstrated to provide reliable temperature measurements for longer periods of time when compared to thermocouples installed in the same MTC gasifier. In addition, the system can be applied to commercial gasifiers without any significant scale-up issues. The major equipment items, the purge system, and the safety shutdown system in a commercial plant are essentially identical to the prototypes at MTC. The desired result of this DOE program is ''a bench-scale prototype, either assembled or with critical components (laboratory) tested in a convincing manner.'' The prototype of the pyrometer system (including gasifier optical access port) that was designed, assembled and tested for this program, has had previous prototypes that have been built and successfully tested under actual coal and coke gasification conditions in three pilot units at MTC. It was the intent of the work performed under the auspices of this program to review and update the existing design, and to fabricate and bench test an updated system that can be field tested in one or more commercial gasifiers during a follow on phase of this program. For all intents and purposes, the development, bench testing and pilot unit testing of this temperature measurement system has already been done, and was mostly a matter of getting the hardware ready for a commercial field test. The benefits of field-testing are (1) Texaco will gain long-term commercial operating experience and (2) commercial gasifier operators will gain confidence that this system can perform reliably under true commercial plant conditions. This work was performed by Texaco at its Montebello Technology Center in South El Monte, California.

  19. IsoTex: Texaco`s olefin skeletal isomerization process

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    Sawicki, R.A.; Pellet, R.J.; Kuhlmann, E.J.; Huang, H.M.; O`Young, C.L.; Kessler, R.V.; Casey, D.G. [Texaco Research and Development, Beacon, NY (United States)

    1995-09-01

    Texaco has developed a new process (IsoTex) for the skeletal isomerization of n-olefins. The IsoTex process can convert normal butenes to isobutylene or normal pentenes to isoamylenes. The resulting product stream is an excellent feed for MTBE, ETBE or TAME units. The process has isomerized an untreated refinery C4 raffinate stream from an MTBE plant. A kinetic model was developed for the butene system. This model accurately predicted IsoTex performance in a one barrel per day skid unit at a Gulf Coast chemical plant. Process economics have been calculated for a once through 54,000 BPD C{sub 4} isomerization plant as well as a 10,000 BPD plant for recycle to an existing MTBE reactor. Economics have also been completed for a 6,800 BPD pentene once through isomerization unit.

  20. Experimental study of leachate from stored solids. Quarterly report, June 1, 1977January 1, 1978. [Landfilling solid residues from coal gasification facilities; coal storage pile

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    W. J. Jr. Boegly; H. S. Arora; E. C. Davis; R. G. S. Rao; H. W. Jr. Wilson

    1978-01-01

    This quarterly report is the first one. The basic aim of the program is to determine the environmental acceptability of landfilling solid residues from coal gasification facilities, and also to evaluate potential environmental degradation caused by leachate produced by rainfall on coal storage piles. This report outlines the program plan, discusses waste types to be studied, provides details of the

  1. Effect of CO2 gasification reaction on oxycombustion of pulverized coal char.

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    Molina, Alejandro (Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Medellin, Colombia); Hecht, Ethan S.; Shaddix, Christopher R.; Haynes, Brian S. (University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia)

    2010-07-01

    For oxy-combustion with flue gas recirculation, as is commonly employed, it is recognized that elevated CO{sub 2} levels affect radiant transport, the heat capacity of the gas, and other gas transport properties. A topic of widespread speculation has concerned the effect of the CO{sub 2} gasification reaction with coal char on the char burning rate. To give clarity to the likely impact of this reaction on the oxy-fuel combustion of pulverized coal char, the Surface Kinetics in Porous Particles (SKIPPY) code was employed for a range of potential CO{sub 2} reaction rates for a high-volatile bituminous coal char particle (130 {micro}m diameter) reacting in several O{sub 2} concentration environments. The effects of boundary layer chemistry are also examined in this analysis. Under oxygen-enriched conditions, boundary layer reactions (converting CO to CO{sub 2}, with concomitant heat release) are shown to increase the char particle temperature and burning rate, while decreasing the O{sub 2} concentration at the particle surface. The CO{sub 2} gasification reaction acts to reduce the char particle temperature (because of the reaction endothermicity) and thereby reduces the rate of char oxidation. Interestingly, the presence of the CO{sub 2} gasification reaction increases the char conversion rate for combustion at low O{sub 2} concentrations, but decreases char conversion for combustion at high O{sub 2} concentrations. These calculations give new insight into the complexity of the effects from the CO{sub 2} gasification reaction and should help improve the understanding of experimentally measured oxy-fuel char combustion and burnout trends in the literature.

  2. Storing syngas lowers the carbon price for profitable coal gasification.

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    Newcomer, Adam; Apt, Jay

    2007-12-01

    Integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) electric power generation systems with carbon capture and sequestration have desirable environmental qualities but are not profitable when the carbon dioxide price is less than approximately $50 per metric ton. We examine whether an IGCC facility that operates its gasifier continuously butstores the syngas and produces electricity only when daily prices are high may be profitable at significantly lower CO2 prices. Using a probabilistic analysis, we have calculated the plant-level return on investment (ROI) and the value of syngas storage for IGCC facilities located in the U.S. Midwest using a range of storage configurations. Adding a second turbine to use the stored syngas to generate electricity at peak hours and implementing 12 h of above-ground high-pressure syngas storage significantly increases the ROI and net present value. Storage lowers the carbon price at which IGCC enters the U.S. generation mix by approximately 25%. PMID:18186325

  3. Hydrogen separation by ceramic membranes in coal gasification

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    Gavalas, G.R.

    1992-07-08

    Project objectives are to develop hydrogen-permselective ceramic membranes for water-gas shift membrane-reactor suitable for hydrogen production from coal gas, and to evaluate the technical and economic potential of the membrane-reactor. Work performed during reporting period included membrane deposition and stability testing.

  4. Environmental Permitting of a Low-BTU Coal Gasification Facility 

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    Murawczyk, C.; Stewart, J. T.

    1983-01-01

    The high price of natural gas and fuel oil for steam/power generation has alerted industry's decision makers to potentially more economical ways to provide the needed energy. Low-Btu fuel gas produced from coal appears to be an attractive alternate...

  5. FATE OF TRACE AND MINOR CONSTITUENTS OF COAL DURING GASIFICATION

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    The report gives results of a study of the fate of selected minor and trace elements of Montana lignite and Illinois No. 6 bituminous coals during development of the HYGAS process. Solid residue samples from various development stages were analyzed. The data indicate that certain...

  6. Molten salt coal gasification process development unit. Phase 1. Volume 2. Commercial plant study. Final report

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    Kohl, Arthur L.

    1980-05-01

    This report summarizes the results of a test program conducted on the Molten Salt Coal Gasification Process, which included the design, construction, and operation of a Process Development Unit (PDU). This process, coal is gasified by contacting it with air in a turbulent pool of molten sodium carbonate. Sulfur and ash are retained in the melt, and a small stream is continuously removed from the gasifier for regeneration of the salt. The process can handle a wide variety of feed materials, including highly caking coals, and produces a gas relatively free from tars and other impurities. The gasification step is carried out at approximately 1800/sup 0/F. The PDU was designed to process 1 ton per hour of coal at pressures up to 20 atm. It is a completely integrated facility including systems for feeding solids to the gasifier, regenerating sodium carbonate for reuse, and removing sulfur and ash in forms suitable for disposal. Five extended test runs were made. The observed product gas composition was quite close to that predicted on the basis of earlier small-scale tests and thermodynamic considerations. All plant systems were operated in an integrated manner. Test data and discussions regarding plant equipment and process performance are presented. The program also included a commercial plant study which showed the process to be attractive for use in a combined cycle, electric power plant. The report is presented in two volumes, Volume 1, PDU Operations, and Volume 2, Commercial Plant Study.

  7. Hanna, Wyoming underground coal gasification data base. Volume 3. The Hanna II, Phase I field test

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    Bartke, T.C.; Fischer, D.D.; King, S.B.; Boyd, R.M.; Humphrey, A.E.

    1985-08-01

    This report is part of a seven-volume series on the Hanna, Wyoming, underground coal gasification field tests. Volume 1 is a summary of the project, and each of Volumes 2 through 6 describes a particular test. Volume 7 is a compilation of all the data for the tests in Volumes 2 through 6. Hanna II, Phase I was conducted during the spring and summer of 1975, at a site about 700 feet up dip (to the southwest) of the Hanna I test. The test was conducted in two stages - Phase IA and IB. Phase IA consisted of linking and gasification operations between Wells 1 and 3 and Phase IB of linking from the 1-3 gasification zone to Well 2, followed by a short period of gasification from Well 2 to Well 3 over a broad range of air injection rates, in order to determine system turndown capabilities and response times. This report covers: (1) site selection and characteristics; (2) test objectives; (3) facilities description; (4) pre-operational testing; (5) test operations summary; and (6) post-test activity. 7 refs., 11 figs., 8 tabs.

  8. Advanced technology applications for second and third general coal gasification systems

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    Bradford, R.; Hyde, J. D.; Mead, C. W.

    1980-01-01

    The historical background of coal conversion is reviewed and the programmatic status (operational, construction, design, proposed) of coal gasification processes is tabulated for both commercial and demonstration projects as well as for large and small pilot plants. Both second and third generation processes typically operate at higher temperatures and pressures than first generation methods. Much of the equipment that has been tested has failed. The most difficult problems are in process control. The mechanics of three-phase flow are not fully understood. Companies participating in coal conversion projects are ordering duplicates of failure prone units. No real solutions to any of the significant problems in technology development have been developed in recent years.

  9. Diffusion Coatings for Corrosion-Resistant Components in Coal Gasification Systems

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    Gopala N. Krishnan; Ripudaman Malhotra; Esperanza Alvarez; Kai-Hung Lau; Jordi Perez Mariano; Angel Sanjurjo

    2006-09-30

    Heat-exchangers, particle filters, turbines, and other components in integrated coal gasification combined cycle system must withstand the highly sulfiding conditions of the high temperature coal gas over an extended period of time. The performance of components degrades significantly with time unless expensive high alloy materials are used. Deposition of a suitable coating on a low-cost alloy may improve its resistance to such sulfidation attack, and decrease capital and operating costs. The alloys used in the gasifier service include austenitic and ferritic stainless steels, nickel-chromium-iron alloys, and expensive nickel-cobalt alloys. The primary activity this period was preparation and presentation of the findings on this project at the Twenty-Third annual Pittsburgh Coal Conference. Dr. Malhotra attended this conference and presented a paper. A copy of his presentation constitutes this quarterly report.

  10. Numerical study on convection diffusion for gasification agent in underground coal gasification. Part I: establishment of mathematical models and solving method

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    Yang, L.H.; Ding, Y.M. [China University of Mining & Technology, Xuzhou (China). College of Resources and Geoscience

    2009-07-01

    The aim of this article is to discuss the distribution law of the gasification agent concentration in a deep-going way during underground coal gasification and the new method of solving the problem for the convection diffusion of the gas. In this paper, the basic features of convection diffusion for the gas produced in underground coal gasification are studied. On the basis of the model experiment, through the analysis of the distribution and patterns of variation for the fluid concentration field in the process of the combustion and gasification of the coal seams within the gasifier, the 3-D non-linear unstable mathematical models on the convection diffusion for oxygen are established. In order to curb such pseudo-physical effects as numerical oscillation and surfeit which frequently occurred in the solution of the complex mathematical models, the novel finite unit algorithm, the upstream weighted multi-cell balance method is advanced in this article, and its main derivation process is introduced.

  11. LLNL Underground Coal Gasification Project. Quarterly progress report, July-September 1983

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    Stephens, D.R.; Clements, W. (eds.)

    1983-12-06

    Our CAVSM computer code was developed to model burn cavity growth in an underground coal gasification (UCG) system. A key feature of this model as compared with previous ones we have used is its inclusion of provisions for taking account of the motion of solid materials - for example, the falling away of chunks of coal that break off from the roof and walls of the gasification cavity. We have already incorporated in the code much of the cavity growth behavior observed in our large block (LBK) field experiments done near Centralia, Washington, in 1981-1982, and we are continuing to refine it and extend its capabilities. A basic improvement to CAVSM that we recently embarked on is to develop analytic expressions as input to the calculations of cavity growth processes. These will replace the previously used input, which consisted of prescribed values based on results from earlier UCG experiments. Thus far we have derived equations for the steam/char reaction near the surface of coal exposed to heat from the outside, and for the resultant drying of the coal under the surface, all based on an assumed constant surface temperature. Our next step will be to develop equations for a time-varying surface temperature. With such analytic expressions as input, we expect the code to be more versatile in modeling UCG situations for which previous experimental data is not available. As a further development of the CAVSM code, we have extended the treatment of solid rubble material falling into the cavity to include inert material as well as fallen chunks of coal. This means that the code can now treat overburden material - wet roof rock, for example - that may fall into the cavity when the burn reaches the top of the coal seam.

  12. Corrosion and degradation of test materials in the General Electric GEGAS 25 ton\\/day coal gasification process development unit

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    Yurkewycz

    1985-01-01

    Alloys were evaluated in the GEGAS 25 ton\\/day coal gasification pilot plant operating at 300 psig (2.1 MPa gauge). The exposure period lasted for approximately 500 h under gasification conditions. Coupons were exposed in the gasifier (below the bottom grate and in the off-gas) and spray-quench vessel. Ferritic alloy 18Cr-2Mo was the best performing alloy (<20 mpy (0.5 mm\\/y)) in

  13. Pretreatment techniques for coal gasification. Eighth quarterly report, July 1-September 30, 1986. [Pretreatment of coal in steam to increase light liquid yields

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    Graff, R.A.

    1986-01-01

    Pretreatment of coal in steam is being explored with the goal of improving the economic attractiveness of coal gasification by cogeneration of light liquid fuels. Steam pyrolysis of raw Illinois No. 6 coal at atmospheric pressure was tested in ten runs. A maximum liquid yield of 30% is obtained at 550/sup 0/C. Nine runs were conducted with pretreated Illinois No. 6 coal. A pronounced pretreatment effect is observed. The maximum liquid yield is raised to 39 wt % (an increase of 30% over that for raw coal) at a pyrolysis temperature of 550/sup 0/C. 2 figs., 3 tabs.

  14. Effect of coal briquetting on overall plant costs for a large low-Btu gas application. Task II final topical report. Addendum. [Two-stage gasification plant with briquetting

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    R. L. Baker; H. P. Cassidy

    1983-01-01

    This report presents the results of a study to determine the technical and economic aspects of coal briquetting, when the coal briquettes are used as feed coal to a coal gasification facility. Gas from the coal gasification facility was used as the fuel source for an iron ore pelletizing facility. The gasifier for this plant was a two-stage, fixed-bed gasifier.

  15. A model for cavity growth and resource recovery during underground coal gasification

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    Britten, J.A.; Thorsness, C.B. (Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (USA))

    1989-01-01

    A model describing cavity growth and gas production during underground coal gasification (UCG) has been developed. It is applicable to UCG of shrinking coals in which oxidant injection is maintained at a fixed point low in the coal seam. It is based on a few fundamental assumptions; namely that the cavity is axisymmetric about the injection point, all resistance to injected gas flow is through ash and overburden rubble that accumulates on the cavity floor, thermal radiation dominates in the well-mixed void space, and the coal and overburden spall or rubblize on a small scale du to parameterized thermal effects. The model calculates water influx from the coal aquifer, flow dispersion trough the rubble piles, radiant and convective heat transfer, gas/solid, gas-phase and simple pyrolysis reactions to calculate, through mass and energy balances, recession rates of cavity surfaces and generation rates of major product species. Model predictions are shown to compare very well with process and geometrical data from two UCG field tests, and the model is used to simulate UCG Of other coals of UCG interest.

  16. Investigation of tar sand and heavy oil deposits of Wyoming for underground coal gasification applications

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    Trudell, L.G.

    1985-02-01

    A literature review was conducted to identify and evaluate tar sand and heavy oil deposits of Wyoming which are potentially suitable for in situ processing with process heat or combustible gas from underground coal gasification (UCG). The investigation was undertaken as part of a project to develop novel concepts for expanding the role of UCG in maximizing energy recovery from coal deposits. Preliminary evaluations indicate six surface deposits and three shallow heavy oil fields are within 5 miles of coal deposits, the maximum distance judged to be feasible for UCG applications. A tar sand or heavy oil deposit in the northeast Washakie Basin is less than 250 feet above a zone of four coal seams suitable for UCG, and another deposit near Riverton appears to be interbedded with coal. Three shallow light oil fields found to be within 5 miles of coal may be amenable to application of UCG technology for enhanced oil recovery. Sufficient data are not available for estimating the size of Wyoming's tar sand and heavy oil resource which is suitable for UCG development. Additional investigations are recommended to more fully characterize promising deposits and to assess the potential resource for UCG applications. 54 refs., 10 figs., 2 tabs.

  17. Indirest coal liquefaction: a review of potential health effects and worker exposure during gasification and synthesis

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    Munro, N.B.; Fry, R.J.M.; Gammage, R.B.; Haschek, W.M.; Calle, E.E.; Klein, J.A.; Schultz, T.W.

    1983-01-01

    Available information on the spectrum of toxic effects of substances from the indirect coal liquefaction processes is reviewed. The goal is to evaluate the potential adverse effects on workers and the general public and to identify areas where information is not sufficient for this purpose. It is concluded that, whereas potential health effects on workers and the public certainly will be associated with indirect liquefaction technologies, it appears very likely that measures can be developed to protect human health adequately as commercial facilities are built. Such precautions include both environmental control technology and industrial hygiene measures. Second, information is not sufficient to rank potential effects in a quantitative way. One area of concern is that of increased mobilization of toxic trace metals and minerals as well as polycyclic organics into the environment with possible long-term consequences for human health. Third, it appears that potential hazards from the liquefaction stage of the processes will be significantly fewer than those associated with coal gasification, but that testing of liquid products, certain contaminants, metabolites, and combustion products is needed. For the purposes of this review, it has been assumed that indirect liquefaction technologies will include synthesis or liquefaction processes coupled with coal gasification, but it should be understood that this is not a necessary condition.

  18. LLNL underground-coal-gasification project. Quarterly progress report, April-June 1982

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    Not Available

    1982-08-06

    Cavity mapping has been completed for the large block experiments, which were done near Centralia, Washington, in the winter of 1981-1982. Postburn excavations into the experimental sites show all the cavities to be largely filled with rubble consisting of dried coal, char, ash, and slag. None of the five injection holes remained completely open through its associated cavity. Temperature histories for all the in situ thermocouples in the large block experiments have been analyzed. The interpretation of most of this temperature data is straightforward and consistent with other observations. As a further refinement in our underground coal gasification (UCG) modeling effort, transient temperature profiles have been calculated for open borehole gasification in wet coal by the isotherm migration method, using the LSODE computer code developed at LLNL. The next logical step in this calculation would be to make the rate of combustion surface movement a function of the rate of steam generation at the vaporization interface. Follow-up observations have continued at the Hoe Creek UCG experiment sites in Wyoming. Phenols have been detected at very low but significant levels in groundwater 400 ft from the Hoe Creek 2 experiment, which was done in 1977. It appears important to continue this investigation of phenol transport at Hoe Creek, and to extend it by drilling and sampling additional wells. The controlled retracting injection point (CRIP) technique, which was devised for UCG application, may also have applications in enhanced recovery of crude oil.

  19. Unconfined flow as a mechanism of water influx to a UCG (underground coal gasification) system

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    Thorsness, C.B.; Grens, E.A. II

    1987-08-06

    Water influx to an operating underground coal gasification (UCG) cavity plays a major role in determining the success of the process. Often coal seams are aquifers, and as a result water influx estimates for a UCG cavity need to consider the flow of water from the coal to the cavity. Since the gasification cavity is gas filled, the flow takes place in the presence of a developing phreatic (free surface) separating the water saturated portion of the seam from the expanding unsaturated region. In this paper results are presented for water influx calculations for several geometries with phreatic surfaces related to UCG systems. Numerical solutions of the defining equations are compared to solutions obtained for simplified equation sets resulting from the application of the Dupuit approximation. Such approximate solutions appear to be adequate during initial transients and are more amenable to incorporation in global UCG models. Consideration is given to the influence of geometry, permeability, porosity, formation compressibility and the motion of cavity walls. In addition to general results, specific estimates of water influx for the upcoming Rocky Moutain I test are reported. 5 refs., 16 figs., 1 tab.

  20. Summary of the groundwater monitoring program at the Hanna, Wyoming underground coal gasification test sites

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    Cooke, S.D.; Oliver, R.L.

    1985-07-01

    Water quality analyses of groundwaters at the Hanna, Wyoming, underground coal gasification (UCG) test sites comprise part of a continuing monitoring program to assess the impact of UCG on the environment. Collection and analysis of groundwater samples by DOE and various DOE contractor laboratories were initiated in 1974 and intensified in 1980. Samples from 48 wells were tested for 46 chemical and physical water quality parameters. This report includes data collected through December 1982. The objectives of this report are to make the raw data available and to draw preliminary conclusions on the extent of contamination at the site based on data analysis. Critical analysis of the water quality data is limited by the fact that the Hanna UCG test sites were primarily designed to provide engineering data rather than environmental data. However, the environmental monitoring program has been able to provide some conclusions about water quality based on the presence and levels of the two major UCG water-borne wastes, which are pyrolysis products and leachates. Pyrolysis products and leachates were detected in wells completed in both the coal and overburden aquifers. The impact was greatest in the gasification cavities, with some evidence of contamination in noncavity wells proximate to the burn areas. Contamination detected in both the cavity and noncavity wells was greater for those wells completed in the coal aquifer. 17 figs., 6 tabs.

  1. Development of biological coal gasification (MicGAS Process)

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    Walia, D.S.; Srivastava, K.C.

    1994-10-01

    The overall goal of the project is to develop an advanced, clean coal biogasification (MicGAS) Process. The objectives of the research during FY 1993--94 were to: (1) enhance kinetics of methane production (biogasification, biomethanation) from Texas lignite (TxL) by the Mic-1 consortium isolated and developed at ARCTECH, (2) increase coal solids loading, (3) optimize medium composition, and (4) reduce retention time. A closer analysis of the results described here indicate that biomethanation of TxL at >5% solids loading is feasible through appropriate development of nutrient medium and further adaptation of the microorganisms involved in this process. Further understanding of the inhibitory factors and some biochemical manipulations to overcome those inhibitions will hasten the process considerably. Results are discussed on the following: products of biomethanation and enhance of methane production including: bacterial adaptation; effect of nutrient amendment substitutes; effects of solids loading; effect of initial pH of the culture medium; effect of hydrogen donors and carbon balance.

  2. Groups win pollution suit against Texaco

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    Stern, P. (Natural Resources Defense Council, Washington, DC (United States))

    1992-12-01

    The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Delaware Audubon Society have won a ruling in federal court against Texaco Refining and Marketing, Inc. for continuous pollution of the Delaware River. Texaco was found to have committed hundreds of violations under the Clean Water Act during a 9 year period from 1983 to 1991, and was ordered to pay a $1.68 million penalty. Texaco must also improve its water pollution investigation practices which were deemed inconsistent and less than thorough, relying on supposition rather than thorough investigation. A court order enjoining Texaco from further violations was deemed necessary to vindicate the public interest. Illegal discharges included chlorine, ammonia, and oil and grease, with some violations exceeding legal limits by as much as 2000%.

  3. Hydrogen separation by ceramic membranes in coal gasification

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    Gavalas, G.R.

    1992-04-30

    Project Objectives are to develop hydrogen-permselective ceramic membranes for water-gas shift membrane-reactor suitable for hydrogen production from coal gas and evaluate the technical and economic potential of the membrane-reactor. During the reporting period exploratory experiments begun on a membrane preparation technique aimed at providing higher membrane permeance. The new preparation technique involves two stages. The first stage is the formation of a layer of silica gel by a two-phase interfacial reaction within the pores of the substrate. The gel is then dried and calcined yielding a microporous (pore diameter below 10 [Angstrom]) silica layer within the pores of the substrate tube. The second stage involves one-sided chemical vapor deposition using the SiCl[sub 4]-H[sub 2]O reaction to close up the micropores of the gel layer and produce the final hydrogen permselective membrane. Chemical reactions involved are described.

  4. Instrumentation for optimizing an underground-coal-gasification process

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    Zielinski, R.E.; Seabaugh, P.W.; Agarwal, A.K.

    1982-01-01

    The instrumentation and algorithms utilized for the Pricetown field test were proven to be effective. Since these were of modular design, they are directly applicable to a multi-module commercial UCG process. The further development of the global formalism used for the Pricetown field test can be accomplished is such a way as to allow for maximum and efficient control of the commercial UCG process. The UCG process, itself, produces a range of products that can be directly used or upgraded; however, proven instrumentation and control algorithms are required for maximum utilization of the coal resource and economic and efficient processing of the product. The instrumentation and control algorithms utilized at Pricetown can be effectively upgraded to support a commercial operation.

  5. Instrumentation for optimizing an underground coal gasification process

    SciTech Connect

    Zielinski, R.E.; Seabaugh, P.W.; Agarwal, A.K.

    1982-09-01

    The instrumentation and algorithms utilized for the Pricetown field test were proven to be effective. Since these were of modular design, they are directly applicable to a multi-module commercial UCG process. The further development of the global formalism used for the Pricetown field test can be accomplished in such a way as to allow for maximum and efficient control of the commerical UCG process. The UCG process, itself, produces a range of products that can be directly used or upgraded, however, proven instrumentation and control algorithms are required for maximum utilization of the coal resource and economic and efficient processing of the product. The instrumentation and control algorithms utilized at Pricetown can be effectively upgraded to support a commercial operation.

  6. Wasbash River Coal Gasification Repowering Project simulator control logic, design and check-out

    SciTech Connect

    Schafer, M.; Broeker, L. [PSI Energy, Plainfield, IN (United States); Craddock, D. [DMCI, Charlottesville, VA (United States); Salm, R. [Power Safety International, Lynchburg, VA (United States)

    1996-11-01

    PSI Energy is using real-time, dynamic simulation of the Wabash River Coal Gasification Repowering Project (WRCGRP). The simulator, which was configured by Power Safety International, DMCI and Trax, uses modular modeling based process models to stimulate ICDAS hardware. The authors are using the simulator to concentrate on many critical areas including: control philosophy verification, plant design, operating procedures, operator training and controls checkout. The simulator is saving costs and time. This paper will discuss the simulator and the benefits the authors are realizing from it.

  7. Coal gasification systems engineering and analysis. Appendix F: Critical technology items/issues

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1980-01-01

    Critical technology items and issues are defined in which there is a need for developmental research in order to assure technical and economic success for the state of the art of coal gasification in the United States. Technology development needs for the main processing units and the supporting units are discussed. While development needs are shown for a large number of systems, the most critical areas are associated with the gasifier itself and those systems which either feed the gasifier or directly receive products form the gasifier.

  8. The Centralia partial seam CRIP underground coal gasification experiment. [Controlled retracting injection point

    SciTech Connect

    Stephens, D.R.; Cena, R.J.; Hill, R.W.; Thorsness, C.B.

    1985-01-01

    This report describes the result of the partial seam controlled retracting injection point (CRIP) underground coal gasification (UCG) field experiment carried out at the Washington Irrigation and Development Company (WIDCO) mine near Centralia, Washington, in the fall of 1983. The test was designed to take advantage of the high-wall geometry at the mine and was carried out near the site of the earlier (1981-1982) large-block experiments. The primary goals of the experiment were to test the CRIP concept and to further evaluate the site as a potential for the future development of UCG.

  9. Numerical modeling of subsidence induced by underground coal gasification, including thermal effects

    SciTech Connect

    Stephenson, D.E.; Dass, S.T.; Shaw, D.E.

    1983-01-01

    Subsidence effects induced by underground coal gasification can lead to potential environmental problems relative to ground surface subsidence and aquifer disruption as well as impacting upon the UCG process itself. Using a finite-element model that included the effects of discontinuities and bedding plant slip, subsidence with and without the effects of thermal conditions based on the geological characteristics of the San Juan basin of northwestern New Mexico was studied. For a proposed UCG operation at a depth of about 850 ft, the predicted results indicate that subsidence will occur at the surface.

  10. Underground coal gasification of steeply dipping beds: A second generation synthetic fuels process

    SciTech Connect

    Davis, B.E.; Ahner, P.F.

    1982-09-01

    In-situ gasification of steeply dipping coal beds (UCG-SDB) has significant advantages over the more conventional horizontal UCG. In fact, the UCG-SDB process appears to be both technically and operationally competitive with surface gasifiers. The results of the Rawlins UCG-SDB field test program suggest that the process can compete with more conventional sources of synthesis gas on an economic basis. The SDB process mechanism has several advantages over the horizontal process and performs in a fashion similar to surface packed bed reactors. The oxygen requirements for the process are quite low and the degree of process control observed at Rawlins is very attractive.

  11. Desulfurization of bituminous coals: fluidized bed gasification of coal\\/phosphoric acid mixtures

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. M. Stencel; J. Yang; J. K. Neathery

    1995-01-01

    The processing of coal:phosphoric acid mixtures using mild temperature (932°F) fluidized bed conditions is presented. Phosphoric acid promoted the desulfurization of the bituminous coals, producing chars that contained less than 20% of sulfur originally in the coals. Gaseous H2S was the primary sulfur-containing gaseous product. Pyritic sulfur was eliminated from the coal at a temperature as low as 410°F, whereas

  12. Underground coal gasification with integrated carbon dioxide mitigation supports Bulgaria's low carbon energy supply

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Nakaten, Natalie; Kempka, Thomas; Azzam, Rafig

    2013-04-01

    Underground coal gasification allows for the utilisation of coal reserves that are economically not exploitable due to complex geological boundary conditions. The present study investigates underground coal gasification as a potential economic approach for conversion of deep-seated coals into a high-calorific synthesis gas to support the Bulgarian energy system. Coupling of underground coal gasification providing synthesis gas to fuel a combined cycle gas turbine with carbon capture and storage is considered to provide substantial benefits in supporting the Bulgarian energy system with a competitive source of energy. In addition, underground voids originating from coal consumption increase the potential for geological storage of carbon dioxide resulting from the coupled process of energy production. Cost-effectiveness, energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions of this coupled process are investigated by application of a techno-economic model specifically developed for that purpose. Capital (CAPEX) and operational expenditure (OPEX) are derived from calculations using six dynamic sub-models describing the entire coupled process and aiming at determination of the levelised costs of electricity generation (COE). The techno-economic model is embedded into an energy system-modelling framework to determine the potential integration of the introduced low carbon energy production technology into the Bulgarian energy system and its competitiveness at the energy market. For that purpose, boundary conditions resulting from geological settings as well as those determined by the Bulgarian energy system and its foreseeable future development have to be considered in the energy system-modelling framework. These tasks comprise integration of the present infrastructure of the Bulgarian energy production and transport system. Hereby, the knowledge on the existing power plant stock and its scheduled future development are of uttermost importance, since only phasing-out power plants can be economically substituted by low carbon based technologies. Furthermore, the integrated annual load management notably contributes to innovative process integration becoming economic in an energy system affected by low efficiency and flexibility. Further limiting flexibility, the geographic location of this innovative low carbon energy production technology strictly depends on geological boundary conditions, namely the presence of exploitable coal resources, and availability of energy transport networks to supply potential end users with the product. Hereby, feeding upgraded synthesis gas directly into the Bulgarian gas pipeline network avoiding its conversion into electricity is an alternative approach with relevant economic potentials. For that purpose, the proximity and availability of these transport networks as well as the demand of end users are validated by the integrated energy system model. Coupling our techno-economic process model to an energy system-modelling framework allows the determination of the future economical potentials and the limitations for the implementation of a low carbon energy production technology into the Bulgarian energy system. The obtained results show that the Bulgarian energy system can significantly benefit from the integration of underground coal gasification considering carbon dioxide mitigation technologies potentially initiating a continuous substitution of imported fuels by domestic coal resources.

  13. Underground coal gasification: A new clean coal utilization technique for India

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Anil Khadse; Mohammed Qayyumi; Sanjay Mahajani; Preeti Aghalayam

    2007-01-01

    Energy demand of India is continuously increasing. Coal is the major fossil fuel in India and continues to play a pivotal role in the energy sector. India has relatively large reserves of coal (253 billion tonnes) compared to crude oil (728 million tonnes) and natural gas (686 billion cubic meters). Coal meets about 60% of the commercial energy needs and

  14. The potential for underground coal gasification in Indiana. Final report to the Indiana Center for Coal Technology Research (CCTR)

    SciTech Connect

    John Rupp; Evgeny Shafirovich; Arvind Varma; Maria Mastalerz; Agnieszka Drobniak

    2009-03-15

    The preliminary feasability assessment analyses the potential for underground coal gasification within Indiana. A review of existing worldwide operations and geological requirements demonstrates that the application of UCG practices in Indiana has very significant potential benefits, but careful analysis of the specific geological conditions, physical and chemical properties of coals, water resources, coupled with an assessment of the state-of-the-art technologies must be conducted to identify potential UCG sites and to determine the feasibility of employing this technology in Indiana. Of particular importance is the relatively small number of active and successful operators of UCG projects around the world and that collaborations with one or two among them could be beneficial for all concerned. There are significant opportunities for economic development that will provide dividends for first movers in the Illinois basin. The report recommends nine 'promising zones' for UCG in two large coal deposits (the Springfield and Seelyville coal beds) in Knox, Gibson, Vanderburgh, Warrick and Posey counties. 69 refs., 10 figs., 6 tabs., 1 app.

  15. Phase I, Volume II, Theoretical and bench scale research at TRCB (Texaco Research Center in Beacon, New York)

    SciTech Connect

    Najjar, M.S.

    1989-03-01

    The objective of this work was to identify and characterize in-situ sulfur capture sorbents for use in coal gasification tests at the Montebello Research Laboratory. The work addressed two tasks: (1) theoretical studies of in-situ desulfurization and slag-sorbent interactions and (2) bench-scale testing to study the behavior of slag and slag/sorbent systems under slagging gasifier conditions. The theoretical studies included literature searches, thermodynamic equilibrium calculations, optical basicity calculations and predictions of ash/sorbent interactions utilizing published phase diagrams. Based on cost considerations and the results of the theoretical studies, compounds of iron, sodium and calcium were selected for bench scale testing. The bench-scale tests primarily consisted of exposing mixtures of coal ash and sulfur sorbents to simulated synthesis gas at temperatures within the range of those found in a Texaco gasifier for sufficient time to reach equilibrium. After rapid quenching, the resulting slags were extensively analyzed to determine the various phases that were formed. The viscosity of the slags was also measured to assess potential operating problems in the gasifier. 65 refs., 30 figs., 19 tabs.

  16. Brazing as a Means of Sealing Ceramic Membranes for Use in Advanced Coal Gasification Processes

    SciTech Connect

    Weil, K. Scott; Hardy, John S.; Rice, Joseph P.; Kim, Jin Yong

    2006-01-31

    Coal is a potentially a very inexpensive source of clean hydrogen fuel for use in fuel cells, turbines, and various process applications. To realize its potential however, efficient, low-cost gas separation systems are needed to provide high purity oxygen to enhance the coal gasification reaction and to extract hydrogen from the resulting gas product stream. Several types of inorganic membranes are being developed for hydrogen or oxygen separation, including porous alumina, transition metal oxide perovskites, and zirconia. One of the key challenges in developing solid-state membrane based gas separation systems is in hermetically joining the membrane to the metallic body of the separation device. In an effort to begin addressing this issue, a new brazing concept has been developed, referred to as reactive air brazing. This paper discusses the details of this joining technique and illustrates its use in bonding a wide variety of materials, including alumina, lanthanum strontium cobalt ferrite, and yttria stabilized zirconia.

  17. Brazing as a Means of Sealing Ceramic Membranes for use in Advanced Coal Gasification Processes

    SciTech Connect

    Weil, K. Scott; Hardy, John S.; Rice, Joseph P.; Kim, Jin Yong Y.

    2006-01-02

    Coal is potentially a very inexpensive source of clean hydrogen fuel for use in fuel cells, turbines, and various process applications. To realize its potential however, efficient, low-cost gas separation systems are needed to provide high purity oxygen to enhance the coal gasification reaction and to extract hydrogen from the resulting gas product stream. Several types of inorganic membranes are being developed for hydrogen or oxygen separation, including porous alumina, transition metal oxide perovskites, and zirconia. One of the key challenges in developing solid-state membrane based gas separation systems is in hermetically joining the membrane to the metallic body of the separation device. In an effort to begin addressing this issue, a new brazing concept has been developed, referred to as reactive air brazing. This paper discusses the details of this joining technique and illustrates its use in bonding a wide variety of materials, including alumina, lanthanum strontium cobalt ferrite, and yttria stabilized zirconia.

  18. A feasibility study for underground coal gasification at Krabi Mine, Thailand

    SciTech Connect

    Solc, J.; Steadman, E.N. [Energy and Environmental Research Center, Grand Forks, ND (United States); Boysen, J.E. [BC Technologies, Laramie, WY (United States)

    1998-12-31

    A study to evaluate the technical, economical, and environmental feasibility of underground coal gasification (UCG) in the Krabi Mine, Thailand, was conducted by the Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) in cooperation with B.C. Technologies (BCT) and the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT). The selected coal resource was found suitable to fuel a UCG facility producing 460,000 MJ/h (436 million Btu/h) of 100--125 Btu/scf gas for 20 years. The raw UCG gas could be produced for a selling price of $1.94/MMBtu. The UCG facility would require a total investment of $13.8 million for installed capital equipment, and annual operating expenses for the facility would be $7.0 million. The UCG gas could be either cofired in a power plant currently under construction or power a 40 MW simple-cycle gas turbine or a 60 MW combined-cycle power plant.

  19. High resolution seismic survey (of the) Rawlins, Wyoming underground coal gasification area. Final report

    SciTech Connect

    Youngberg, A.D.; Berkman, E.; Orange, A.S.

    1983-01-01

    In October 1982, a high resolution seismic survey was conducted at the Gulf Research and Development Company's underground coal gasification test site near Rawlins, Wyoming. The objectives of the survey were to utilize high resolution seismic technology to locate and characterize two underground coal burn zones. Seismic data acquisition and processing parameters were specifically designed to emphasize reflections at the shallow depths of interest. A three-dimensional grid of data was obtained over the Rawlins burn zones. Processing included time varying filters, trace composition, and two-dimensional areal stacking of the data in order to identify burn zone anomalies. An anomaly was discernable resulting from the rubble-collapse cavity associated with the burn zone which was studied in detail at the Rawlins 1 and 2 test sites. 21 refs., 20 figs.

  20. Method and apparatus for the selective separation of gaseous coal gasification products by pressure swing adsorption

    DOEpatents

    Ghate, M.R.; Yang, R.T.

    1985-10-03

    Bulk separation of the gaseous components of multi-component gases provided by the gasification of coal including hydrogen, carbon monoxide, methane, and acid gases (carbon dioxide plus hydrogen sulfide) are selectively adsorbed by a pressure swing adsorption technique using activated carbon zeolite or a combination thereof as the adsorbent. By charging a column containing the adsorbent with a gas mixture and pressurizing the column to a pressure sufficient to cause the adsorption of the gases and then reducing the partial pressure of the contents of the column, the gases are selectively and sequentially desorbed. Hydrogen, the least absorbable gas of the gaseous mixture, is the first gas to be desorbed and is removed from the column in a co-current direction followed by the carbon monoxide, hydrogen and methane. With the pressure in the column reduced to about atmospheric pressure the column is evacuated in a countercurrent direction to remove the acid gases from the column. The present invention is particularly advantageous as a producer of high purity hydrogen from gaseous products of coal gasification and as an acid gas scrubber. 2 figs., 2 tabs.

  1. Process and technology development activities for in situ coal gasification, FY83

    SciTech Connect

    Glass, R.E. (ed.)

    1983-12-01

    As part of DOE's Underground Coal Gasification Program, activities at Sandia National Laboratories have been directed at Process and Technology Development. The project areas include (1) the development of a cornering water jet drill for use in linking vertical wells in Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) tests; (2) the development of a controlled source audio-frequency magnetotelluric (CSAMT) surface geophysical technique for monitoring the process, and (3) the development of models for use in predicting surface subsidence and cavity growth. The accomplishments for the year include (1) the successful completion of the high wall tests of the cornering water jet drill, (2) the start of the down hole tests including completion of the vertical hole and underreamed volume, testing of the sump pump and initial drilling to a hole length of three meters, (3) the preliminary CSAMT survey of the Tono partial seam controlled reacting injection point (CRIP) test area, (4) the development of a data acquisition and analysis system for the CSAMT technique, (5) the development of a predictive model for subsidence and cavity growth and their application to the partial seam CRIP test.

  2. Role of hydrogeology in Rocky Mountain 1 underground coal gasification test, Hanna basin, Wyoming

    SciTech Connect

    Daly, D.J.; Schmit, C.R.; Beaver, F.W.; Evans, J.M. (North Dakota Mining and Mineral Resources Research Institute, Grand Forks (USA))

    1989-09-01

    Experience has shown that the designs and implementation of Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) operations that are technically sound and environmentally safe require a thorough understanding of the hydrogeology of the UCG site, complemented by an understanding of the potential interactions between the elements of the hydrogeologic system and UCG process. This is significant because UCG is conducted in the saturated zone, consumes large volumes of ground water, and has the potential to adversely affect ground water quality and flow. The textural, mineralogical, chemical, and structural character of the geologic materials constituting the UCG reactor, as well as the occurrence, flow, and quality of fluids moving through that three-dimensional matrix of geologic materials, must be understood. The US Department of Energy and an industry consortium led by the Gas Research Institute recently conducted the Rocky Mountain 1 Test in the Hanna basin of Wyoming. For this test, the hydrogeologic aspects of the site were characterized to an extent unprecedented in UCG testing. This information was then used to develop and evaluate operating strategies intended to prevent or minimize contamination. Such strategies included gasifying at less than hydrostatic pressure to enhance ground water flow toward the gasification modules and to restrict contamination to the module area. Hydrogeologic information also allowed a more complete evaluation of process-setting interactions. For example, a substantial and widespread drop in elevation heat noted for the ground water in the target coal emphasized the importance of an adequate water supply for UCG, particularly in a long-term commercial operation.

  3. Coal-gasification basic research and costs studies. Quarterly report No. 4

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1982-10-15

    Work was continued on basic research and cost studies supporting the Department of Energy's coal gasification program. Two major activities or tasks are being performed. The first activity is the development of a process or processes to produce agglomerates from coal fines suitable for use as a feed to fixed-bed gasifiers. During the Fourth Quarter approximately 70 double-roll briquetting runs and 97 pelletizing runs were performed to evaluate promising binder candidates and to investigate other briquetting and pelletizing variables. All agglomerates were tested for room temperature handling ease (measured by crush-strength and drop-shatter tests) and for stability and performance at gasifier temperatures. The best agglomerates were further evaluated in a modified Burghardt test and in a tumbler test. Ten agglomerate compositions, eight briquettes and two pellets, were run in a small gasifier at American Natural Resources. Most agglomerates performed well in this gasifier. In Task II, the design of a gasification plant with Rockwell Molten Salt gasifiers was completed, and estimates of capital and operating costs were developed. Work on all basic cases has now been completed and only the incorporation of a briquetting facility into the fixed-bed plant design remains to be done.

  4. A study of toxic emissions from a coal-fired gasification plant. Final report

    SciTech Connect

    NONE

    1995-12-01

    Under the Fine Particulate Control/Air Toxics Program, the US Department of Energy (DOE) has been performing comprehensive assessments of toxic substance emissions from coal-fired electric utility units. An objective of this program is to provide information to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use in evaluating hazardous air pollutant emissions as required by the Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAA) of 1990. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has also performed comprehensive assessments of emissions from many power plants and provided the information to the EPA. The DOE program was implemented in two. Phase 1 involved the characterization of eight utility units, with options to sample additional units in Phase 2. Radian was one of five contractors selected to perform these toxic emission assessments.Radian`s Phase 1 test site was at southern Company Service`s Plant Yates, Unit 1, which, as part of the DOE`s Clean Coal Technology Program, was demonstrating the CT-121 flue gas desulfurization technology. A commercial-scale prototype integrated gasification-combined cycle (IGCC) power plant was selected by DOE for Phase 2 testing. Funding for the Phase 2 effort was provided by DOE, with assistance from EPRI and the host site, the Louisiana Gasification Technology, Inc. (LGTI) project This document presents the results of that effort.

  5. Method and apparatus for the selective separation of gaseous coal gasification products by pressure swing adsorption

    DOEpatents

    Ghate, Madhav R. (Morgantown, WV); Yang, Ralph T. (Williamsville, NY)

    1987-01-01

    Bulk separation of the gaseous components of multi-component gases provided by the gasification of coal including hydrogen, carbon monoxide, methane, and acid gases (carbon dioxide plus hydrogen sulfide) are selectively adsorbed by a pressure swing adsorption technique using activated carbon, zeolite or a combination thereof as the adsorbent. By charging a column containing the adsorbent with a gas mixture and pressurizing the column to a pressure sufficient to cause the adsorption of the gases and then reducing the partial pressure of the contents of the column, the gases are selectively and sequentially desorbed. Hydrogen, the least absorbable gas of the gaseous mixture, is the first gas to be desorbed and is removed from the column in a co-current direction followed by the carbon monoxide, hydrogen and methane. With the pressure in the column reduced to about atmospheric pressure the column is evacuated in a countercurrent direction to remove the acid gases from the column. The present invention is particularly advantageous as a producer of high parity hydrogen from gaseous products of coal gasification and as an acid gas scrubber.

  6. Steam-Coal Gasification Using CaO and KOH for in Situ Carbon and Sulfur Capture

    SciTech Connect

    Siefert, Nicholas S.; Shekhawat, Dushyant; Litster, Shawn; Berry, David, A

    2013-08-01

    We present experimental results of coal gasification with and without the addition of calcium oxide and potassium hydroxide as dual-functioning catalyst–capture agents. Using two different coal types and temperatures between 700 and 900 °C, we studied the effect of these catalyst–capture agents on (1) the syngas composition, (2) CO{sub 2} and H{sub 2}S capture, and (3) the steam–coal gasification kinetic rate. The syngas composition from the gasifier was roughly 20% methane, 70% hydrogen, and 10% other species when a CaO/C molar ratio of 0.5 was added. We demonstrated significantly enhanced steam–coal gasification kinetic rates when adding small amounts of potassium hydroxide to coal when operating a CaO–CaCO{sub 3} chemical looping gasification reactor. For example, the steam–coal gasification kinetic rate increased 250% when dry mixing calcium oxide at a Ca/C molar ratio of 0.5 with a sub-bituminous coal, and the kinetic rate increased 1000% when aqueously mixing calcium oxide at a Ca/C molar ratio of 0.5 along with potassium hydroxide at a K/C molar ratio of 0.06. In addition, we conducted multi-cycle studies in which CaCO{sub 3} was calcined by heating to 900 °C to regenerate the CaO, which was then reused in repeated CaO–CaCO{sub 3} cycles. The increased steam–coal gasification kinetics rates for both CaO and CaO + KOH persisted even when the material was reused in six cycles of gasification and calcination. The ability of CaO to capture carbon dioxide decreased roughly 2–4% per CaO–CaCO{sub 3} cycle. We also discuss an important application of this combined gasifier–calciner to electricity generation and selling the purge stream as a precalcined feedstock to a cement kiln. In this scenario, the amount of purge stream required is fixed not by the degradation in the capture ability but rather by the requirements at the cement kiln on the amount of CaSO{sub 4} and ash in the precalcined feedstock.

  7. A model approach to highly dispersing catalytic materials in coal for gasification. Eleventh quarterly report, April 1, 1992--June 30, 1992

    SciTech Connect

    Abotsi, G.M.K.; Bota, K.B.

    1992-10-01

    This project seeks to develop a technique, based on coal surface properties, for highly dispersing catalysts in coal for gasification and to investigate the potential of using potassium carbonate and calcium acetate mixtures as catalysts for coal gasification. The lower cost and higher catalytic activity of the latter compound will produce economic benefits by reducing the amount of K{sub 2}CO{sub 3} required for high coal char reactivities. As was shown in previous reports, coal loading with potassium or calcium at different pHs produced CO{sub 2} gasification activities which increased in the order pH 6 > pH 10 >>pH 1. A similar trend was obtained when calcium and potassium were simultaneously loaded and char reaction times were less than about 75 min. In the last quarter, the potential application of ammonia as a reactive medium for coal gasification has been investigated. This gas has not been previously applied to coal gasification. However, related work suggests that the potential chemical feedstock base can be broadened by using ammonia to generate hydrogen cyanide and cyanogen from coal. The current report shows that the reactivity of a demineralized lignite in ammonia is significantly higher in the presence of calcium or potassium catalyst than that for the char without added catalyst and suggests that ammonia is a potentially reactive gas for catalyzed coal gasification.

  8. Computer models to support investigations of surface subsidence and associated ground motion induced by underground coal gasification

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Trent, B. C.; Langland, R. T.

    1981-08-01

    Surface subsidence induced by underground coal gasification at Hoe Creek, Wyoming, and Centralia, Washington were compared. Calculations with the STEALTH explicit finite difference code match equivalent, implicit finite element method solutions for the removal of underground material. Effects of removing roof material, varying elastic constants, investigating thermal shrinkage, and burning multiple coal seams are studied. A coupled, finite difference continuum rigid block caving code is used to model underground opening behavior. The two methods, numerical and empirical, are most effective when used together.

  9. Characterization of burning and CO 2 gasification of chars from mixtures of Zonguldak (Turkey) and Australian bituminous coals

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Didem Erincin; Muammer Canel

    2005-01-01

    In this study, different mixtures (30wt.%+70wt.% and 50wt.%+50wt.%, respectively) of Zonguldak bituminous coal (Turkey) and an Australian bituminous coal are carbonized to obtain char samples. The ignition temperatures of the samples are determined by sending O2 onto the samples in a system designed for determining the ignition temperature. The gasification reactivity of the chars in a CO2 atmosphere is also

  10. Feasibility studies of in-situ coal gasification in the Warrior coal field. Quarterly report

    SciTech Connect

    Douglas G.W.; McKinley, M.D.

    1980-01-01

    Studies in support of in-situ gasification involved experiments in bench-scale combustors where three parameters were varied independently: initial fuel bed temperature, applied air flow and water vapor influx rate. Methods for measuring the thermal conductivity of solids at high temperatures were evaluated and measurements of the thermal conductivity and thermal diffusivity were made over a temperature range for several samples of coke. (LTN)

  11. Feasibility study for underground coal gasification at the Krabi coal mine site, Thailand: Volume 1. Progress report, December 1--31, 1995; Export trade information

    SciTech Connect

    Young, B.C.; Schmit, C.R.

    1996-01-01

    The report, conducted by Energy and Environmental Research Center, was funded by the US Trade and Development Agency. The objective of this report was to determine the technical, environmental and economic feasibility of developing, demonstrating, and commercializing underground coal gasification (UCG) at the Krabi coal mine site in Southern Thailand. This is Volume 1, the Progress Report for the period December 1, 1995, through December 31, 1995.

  12. Performance of solid oxide fuel cells operaated with coal syngas provided directly from a gasification process

    SciTech Connect

    Hackett, G.; Gerdes, K.; Song, X.; Chen, Y.; Shutthanandan, V.; Englehard, M.; Zhu, Z.; Thevuthasan, S.; Gemmen, R.

    2012-01-01

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are being developed for integrated gasification power plants that generate electricity from coal at 50% efficiency. The interaction of trace metals in coal syngas with Ni-based SOFC anodes is being investigated through thermodynamic analyses and in laboratory experiments, but test data from direct coal syngas exposure are sparsely available. This effort evaluates the significance of performance losses associated with exposure to direct coal syngas. Specimen are operated in a unique mobile test skid that is deployed to the research gasifier at NCCC in Wilsonville, AL. The test skid interfaces with a gasifier slipstream to deliver hot syngas to a parallel array of twelve SOFCs. During the 500 h test period, all twelve cells are monitored for performance at four current densities. Degradation is attributed to syngas exposure and trace material attack on the anode structure that is accelerated at increasing current densities. Cells that are operated at 0 and 125 mA cm{sup 2} degrade at 9.1 and 10.7% per 1000 h, respectively, while cells operated at 250 and 375 mA cm{sup 2} degrade at 18.9 and 16.2% per 1000 h, respectively. Spectroscopic analysis of the anodes showed carbon, sulfur, and phosphorus deposits; no secondary Ni-metal phases were found.

  13. Investigation of tar sand and heavy oil deposits of Utah for underground coal gasification applications

    SciTech Connect

    Trudell, L.G.

    1985-12-01

    A literature review was conducted to determine spatial and geological relationships between Utah's tar sand or heavy oil deposits and coal deposits, and to evaluate these relationships in terms of suitability for underground coal gasification (UCG) applications. The investigation was undertaken as part of a Department of Energy-sponsored project to find new uses for UCG technology by utilizing process heat or combustible gases from UCG in thermal recovery of oil from unconventional sources. Fifteen of Utah's tar sand or heavy oil deposits are located within 5 miles of suitable coal deposits, which is the maximum distance considered economically practical for transport of UCG gases. Six of these deposits may be suitable for on-site development, where UCG could be conducted in coal beds directly under the oil reservoirs. Substantial portions of four major tar sand or heavy oil deposits are included in the resources suitable for UCG applications, i.e., Sunnyside, Asphalt Ridge, Ashphalt Ridge Northwest, and Raven Ridge. However, total resources cannot be calculated directly from published data. 31 refs., 9 figs., 2 tabs.

  14. Temperature effect on the pressure drop across the cake of coal gasification ash formed on a ceramic filter

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Jin-Hyung Kim; Yu Liang; Kyoung-Min Sakong; Joo-Hong Choi; Young-Cheol Bak

    2008-01-01

    In order to predict the pressure drop across the cake of coal gasification (CG) ash formed on ceramic filter, an empirical equation was developed taking into account several factors, such as the face velocity, ash load, shape factor and size of particles, and especially the operating temperature. The hot air stream of well classified fine particles of CG ash was

  15. Study of the treatability of wastewater from a coal gasification plant. Annual report, July 15, 1978July 14, 1979

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Iglar

    1979-01-01

    The first year of the study of the treatability of wastewater from the Holston Coal Gasification Plant has been completed. Nearly all the wastewater is recycled to the scrubber-coolers; excess wastewater could not be measured directly, but was estimated at 685 gal\\/day. Samples were collected from the decanter. Analyses on the raw waste have included BOD (on pretreated), COD, TOC,

  16. Study of the treatability of wastewater from a coal gasification plant. Supplementary report, July 15-December 31, 1980

    SciTech Connect

    Iglar, A. F.

    1980-01-01

    Three methods of treating coal gasification plant waste water have been studied experimentally: biological reaction kinetics of the activated sludge process; chemical precipitation with ferric chloride at the optimum pH value (alum and polymers were less effective); and adsorption in columns of granules of activated carbon. Detailed results of all three experiments are given. (LTN)

  17. The El Tremedal underground coal gasification field test in Spain. First trial at great depth and high pressure

    SciTech Connect

    Chappell, R. [AEA Technology plc, Harwell (United Kingdom); Mostade, M. [Institution pour le Developpement de la Gazeification, Liege (Belgium)

    1998-12-31

    The El Tremedal Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) trial sponsored by Belgian, Spanish and United Kingdom government organizations and the European Community has conducted two gasification phases during the summer-autumn of 1997, of nine and five days duration respectively. A gas of good quality has been obtained on both occasions. During the active gasification phases, which lasted in total 12.1 days, an estimated 237.2 tonnes of coal moisture-ash-free were affected and an average power of 2.64 MW based on the lower calorific value of the product gas was developed underground. The test utilized oxygen and nitrogen as the injection reactants (no steam injection). Access to the 2--3 meters sub-bituminous coal seam situated at an average depth of 560 meters was provided by an in-seam deviated well drilled close to the bottom of the 29 degrees dipping seam. A vertical well was used for the exhaust of the gasification products and the production counter-pressure was maintained in near equilibrium with the underground hydrostatic head (50--54 bars). Three Controlled Retraction Ignition Point (CRIP) maneuvers were achieved. Analysis of the raw process data was conducted to calculate mass and energy balances, and to determine influences of process conditions on gas composition, shift and methanation equilibrium, water influx and oxygen/coal conversion efficiencies.

  18. Plastic waste elimination by co-gasification with coal and biomass in fluidized bed with air in pilot plant

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    María P. Aznar; Miguel A. Caballero; Jesús A. Sancho; E. Francés

    2006-01-01

    Treatment of plastic waste by gasification in fluidized bed with air using dolomite as tar cracking catalyst has been studied. The gasifier has a 1 m high bed zone (diameter of 9.2 cm) followed by a 1 m high freeboard (diameter of 15.4 cm). The feedstock is composed of blends of plastic waste with pine wood sawdust and coal at

  19. Biological treatment of Grand Forks Energy Technology Center slagging fixed-bed coal gasification process wastewater. Eleventh quarterly report

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    R. G. Luthy; D. J. Sekel; J. T. Tallon

    1979-01-01

    A wastewater biological treatability study was performed with effluent from the Grand Forks Energy Technology Center slagging fixed-bed coal gasification process. Bench-scale air activated sludge reactors were used to determine minimum dilution requirements, maximum acceptable loadings, biological treatment kinetic coefficients, and other performance characteristics. It was found that ammonia stripped wastewater could be processed reliably at 33% strength at substrate

  20. Steam-Coal Gasification Using CaO and KOH for in Situ Carbon and Sulfur Capture

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    Litster, Shawn

    Steam-Coal Gasification Using CaO and KOH for in Situ Carbon and Sulfur Capture Nicholas S. SiefertO to capture carbon dioxide decreased roughly 2-4% per CaO-CaCO3 cycle. We also discuss an important with and without the addition of calcium oxide and potassium hydroxide as dual-functioning catalyst-capture agents

  1. High resolution seismic survey of the Hanna, Wyoming underground coal gasification area

    SciTech Connect

    Youngberg, A.D.; Berkman, E.; Orange, A.

    1982-01-01

    In November 1980 a high resolution seismic survey was conducted at the Department of Energy, Laramie Energy Technology Center's underground coal gasification test site near Hanna, Wyoming. The objectives of the survey were to determine the feasibility of utilizing high resolution seismic technology to locate and characterize underground coal burn zones and to identify shallow geologic faults at the test site. Seismic data acquisition and processing parameters were specifically designed to emphasize reflections at the shallow, 61 to 91 meter (200 to 300 foot) depths of interest. A three-dimensional grid of data was obtained over the Hanna II, Phases 2 and 3 burn zone. Processing included time varying filters, deconvolution, trace composition, and two-dimensional, areal stacking of the data in order to identify burn zone anomalies. An anomaly was clearly discernable resulting from the rubble-collapse void above the burn zone which was studied in detail and compared to synthetic models. It is felt, based on these results, that the seismic method can be used to define similar burns if great care is taken in both acquisition and processing phases of an investigation. The fault studies disclosed faults at the test site of hitherto unsuspected complexity. The fault system was found to be a graben complex with numerous antithetic faults. The antithetic faults also contain folded beds. One of the faults discovered may be responsible for the unexpected problems experienced in some of the early in-situ gasification tests at the site. A series of anomalies were discovered on the northeast end of one of the seismic lines, and these reflections have been identified as adits from the old Hanna No. 1 Coal Mine.

  2. Phase-equilibria for design of coal-gasification processes: dew points of hot gases containing condensible tars. Final report

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    Prausnitz, J.M.

    1980-05-01

    This research is concerned with the fundamental physical chemistry and thermodynamics of condensation of tars (dew points) from the vapor phase at advanced temperatures and pressures. Fundamental quantitative understanding of dew points is important for rational design of heat exchangers to recover sensible heat from hot, tar-containing gases that are produced in coal gasification. This report includes essentially six contributions toward establishing the desired understanding: (1) Characterization of Coal Tars for Dew-Point Calculations; (2) Fugacity Coefficients for Dew-Point Calculations in Coal-Gasification Process Design; (3) Vapor Pressures of High-Molecular-Weight Hydrocarbons; (4) Estimation of Vapor Pressures of High-Boiling Fractions in Liquefied Fossil Fuels Containing Heteroatoms Nitrogen or Sulfur; and (5) Vapor Pressures of Heavy Liquid Hydrocarbons by a Group-Contribution Method.

  3. Characterization, leachability and valorization through combustion of residual chars from gasification of coals with pine.

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    Galhetas, Margarida; Lopes, Helena; Freire, Márcia; Abelha, Pedro; Pinto, Filomena; Gulyurtlu, Ibrahim

    2012-04-01

    This paper presents the study of the combustion of char residues produced during co-gasification of coal with pine with the aim of characterizing them for their potential use for energy. These residues are generally rich in carbon with the presence of other elements, with particular concern for heavy metals and pollutant precursors, depending on the original fuel used. The evaluation of environmental toxicity of the char residues was performed through application of different leaching tests (EN12457-2, US EPA-1311 TCLP and EA NEN 7371:2004). The results showed that the residues present quite low toxicity for some of pollutants. However, depending on the fuel used, possible presence of other pollutants may bring environmental risks. The utilization of these char residues for energy was in this study evaluated, by burning them as a first step pre-treatment prior to landfilling. The thermo-gravimetric analysis and ash fusibility studies revealed an adequate thermochemical behavior, without presenting any major operational risks. Fluidized bed combustion was applied to char residues. Above 700°C, very high carbon conversion ratios were obtained and it seemed that the thermal oxidation of char residues was easier than that of the coals. It was found that the char tendency for releasing SO(2) during its oxidation was lower than for the parent coal, while for NO(X) emissions, the trend was observed to increase NO(X) formation. However, for both pollutants the same control techniques might be applied during char combustion, as for coal. Furthermore, the leachability of ashes resulting from the combustion of char residues appeared to be lower than those produced from direct coal combustion. PMID:21963044

  4. Photoassisted electrolysis applied to coal gasification. Third quarterly report, 1 January 1982-31 Mar 1982

    SciTech Connect

    None

    1982-01-01

    The literature search on electrochemical studies of various carbons has been completed. Two conclusions were reached: (1) The surfaces of various carbons are covered by oxide films to different extents and the oxides resemble either the quinone-like structure in their oxidized form or the hydroquinone-like structure in the reduced form. (2) When carbonaceous materials are oxidized chemically, electrochemically, or thermally, the first stage involves formation of the oxide film and the later stages oxide gas (CO or CO/sub 2/) evolution. The catalytic reaction mechanism of coal oxidation was substantiated by adding Fe/sup 3 +/ or Ce/sup 4 +/ to a cell containing a coal slurry without passing any electrical current and by monitoring the amount of CO/sub 2/ evolved. Also, studies were performed on current efficiencies of CO/sub 2/ production reaction as a function of the particle size of coal samples. Finally, the catalytic rate constants of various redox catalysts for the coal oxidation reaction are reported. These results indicate that the thermodynamics of the reaction systems play a predominant role in determining the rate constants. Methods of studying the stability of semiconductor electrodes were established employing rotating ring-disk electrode techniques. The long-term stability of semiconductor electrodes would be needed to carry out the photoassisted coal gasification reaction. In the method we developed, the semiconductor was used as a disk electrode while the noble metal, e.g., Au or Pt, is used as a ring electrode. The species generated at the semiconductor electrode by light illumination is detected at the ring electrode by applying the proper electrode potential. If the ring detection current is lower than its expected value, the disk may undergo the photocorrosion reaction.

  5. Producing fired bricks using coal slag from a gasification plant in indiana

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    Chen, L.-M.; Chou, I.-Ming; Chou, S.-F.J.; Stucki, J.W.

    2009-01-01

    Integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) is a promising power generation technology which increases the efficiency of coal-to-power conversion and enhances carbon dioxide concentration in exhaust emissions for better greenhouse gas capture. Two major byproducts from IGCC plants are bottom slag and sulfur. The sulfur can be processed into commercially viable products, but high value applications need to be developed for the slag material in order to improve economics of the process. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the technical feasibility of incorporating coal slag generated by the Wabash River IGCC plant in Indiana as a raw material for the production of fired bricks. Full-size bricks containing up to 20 wt% of the coal slag were successfully produced at a bench-scale facility. These bricks have color and texture similar to those of regular fired bricks and their water absorption properties met the ASTM specifications for a severe weathering grade. Other engineering properties tests, including compressive strength tests, are in progress.

  6. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory underground coal gasification data base. [US DOE-supported field tests; data

    SciTech Connect

    Cena, R. J.; Thorsness, C. B.

    1981-08-21

    The Department of Energy has sponsored a number of field projects to determine the feasibility of converting the nation's vast coal reserves into a clean efficient energy source via underground coal gasification (UCG). Due to these tests, a significant data base of process information has developed covering a range of coal seams (flat subbituminous, deep flat bituminous and steeply dipping subbituminous) and processing techniques. A summary of all DOE-sponsored tests to data is shown. The development of UCG on a commercial scale requires involvement from both the public and private sectors. However, without detailed process information, accurate assessments of the commercial viability of UCG cannot be determined. To help overcome this problem the DOE has directed the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to develop a UCG data base containing raw and reduced process data from all DOE-sponsored field tests. It is our intent to make the data base available upon request to interested parties, to help them assess the true potential of UCG.

  7. Effects and characterization of an environmentally-friendly, inexpensive composite Iron-Sodium catalyst on coal gasification

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Monterroso, Rodolfo

    Coal gasification has been commercially used for more than 60 years in the production of fuels and chemicals. Recently, and due to the lowered environmental impacts and high efficiency derived from integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC), this process has received increased attention. Furthermore, upcoming strict CO2 emissions regulations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will no longer be achievable by traditional means of coal combustion, therefore, growing dependence on different energy sources has drawn attention to clean coal technologies, such as coal-to-liquids processing, and the core of this process is also gasification. Gasification is an energy intensive process that can be substantially improved in terms of efficiency through the use of catalysts. In this study, the effect of the composite catalyst, FeCO3-Na2CO3, on gasification of a low-sulfur sub-bituminous Wyodak coal from the Powder River Basin (PRB) of Wyoming was investigated. The catalytic effects of the composite catalysts were evaluated by comparing their effluent gas compositions and carbon conversion kinetics to those achieved in the presence of either FeCO3 or Na2CO3 catalyst alone or without the presence of any catalyst. All of the evaluation work was conducted in a fixed bed gasifier at atmospheric pressure. Compared to raw coal with no catalyst, the composite catalyst is efficient in increasing the carbon conversion rate constant by as much as two times within the 700-800°C range due to its ability to reduce the activation energy of gasification by about 30-40%. Compared to pure sodium and iron catalysts, the composite catalyst can increase the yields of desired products H2 and CO at 800°C by 15% and 40%, respectively. The composite catalyst can not only synergize the advantages, but also overcome the challenges of pure iron or pure sodium based catalytic coal gasification processes. Moreover, the mechanisms of this particular catalytic coal gasification process were studied through characterization tests. X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Mossbauer spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), gas chromatography (GC-MS) and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) were used to perform the analyses. The XRD results are consistent with interactive mechanisms or the formation of Na-Fe oxides as the catalytic pathway. Activity of the iron catalyst during late stages of the gasification process was confirmed through XPS. Mossbauer spectroscopy also indicated the presence of metallic iron and cementite in the char at different stages. The Fe catalysts were better at tar decomposition than the Na catalysts, as indicated by GC-MS analyses. NMR spectra confirmed that tar compositions vary with the catalytic mechanism. FTIR analysis confirmed the presence of high yields of aromatic components and long aliphatic chains in the tar. Composite Fe-Na catalysts provide a method to tailor the amounts and composition of product generated during gasification.

  8. FUNDAMENTAL INVESTIGATION OF FUEL TRANSFORMATIONS IN PULVERIZED COAL COMBUSTION AND GASIFICATION TECHNOLOGIES

    SciTech Connect

    Robert Hurt; Joseph Calo; Thomas H. Fletcher; Alan Sayre

    2005-04-29

    The goal of this project was to carry out the necessary experiments and analyses to extend current capabilities for modeling fuel transformations to the new conditions anticipated in next-generation coal-based, fuel-flexible combustion and gasification processes. This multi-organization, multi-investigator project has produced data, correlations, and submodels that extend present capabilities in pressure, temperature, and fuel type. The combined experimental and theoretical/computational results are documented in detail in Chapters 1-8 of this report, with Chapter 9 serving as a brief summary of the main conclusions. Chapters 1-3 deal with the effect of elevated pressure on devolatilization, char formation, and char properties. Chapters 4 and 5 deal with advanced combustion kinetic models needed to cover the extended ranges of pressure and temperature expected in next-generation furnaces. Chapter 6 deals with the extension of kinetic data to a variety of alternative solid fuels. Chapter 7 focuses on the kinetics of gasification (rather than combustion) at elevated pressure. Finally, Chapter 8 describes the integration, testing, and use of new fuel transformation submodels into a comprehensive CFD framework. Overall, the effects of elevated pressure, temperature, heating rate, and alternative fuel use are all complex and much more work could be further undertaken in this area. Nevertheless, the current project with its new data, correlations, and computer models provides a much improved basis for model-based design of next generation systems operating under these new conditions.

  9. Advanced coal-gasification system for electric-power generation. First quarterly progress report, Fiscal Year 1981, October 1December 31, 1980

    Microsoft Academic Search

    M. J. Arthurs; E. J. Chelen; P. Cherish; G. B. Haldipur; D. L. Keairns; L. K. Rath

    1981-01-01

    The overall objective of the Westinghouse Coal Gasification Program is to demonstrate the viability of the Westinghouse pressurized fluidized bed gasification system for production of low- and intermediate-Btu fuel gas for electric power generation, syngas, feedstocks or industrial fuels and to obtain performance and scale-up data for the process and hardware.

  10. Wabash River Coal Gasification Combined Cycle Repowering Project: Clean Coal Technology Program. Environmental Assessment

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1993-05-01

    The proposed project would result in a combined-cycle power plant with lower emissions and higher efficiency than most existing coal-fired power plants of comparable size. The net plant heat rate (energy content of the fuel input per useable electrical generation output; i.e., Btu/kilowatt hour) for the new repowered unit would be a 21% improvement over the existing unit, while reducing SO{sub 2} emissions by greater than 90% and limiting NO{sub x} emissions by greater than 85% over that produced by conventional coal-fired boilers. The technology, which relies on gasified coal, is capable of producing as much as 25% more electricity from a given amount of coal than today`s conventional coal-burning methods. Besides having the positive environmental benefit of producing less pollutants per unit of power generated, the higher overall efficiency of the proposed CGCC project encourages greater utilization to meet base load requirements in order to realize the associated economic benefits. This greater utilization (i.e., increased capacity factor) of a cleaner operating plant has global environmental benefits in that it is likely that such power would replace power currently being produced by less efficient plants emitting a greater volume of pollutants per unit of power generated.

  11. Some studies on a solid state sulfur probe for coal gasification systems

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Jacob, K. T.; Rao, D. B.; Nelson, H. G.

    1977-01-01

    Measurements on the solid electrolyte cell (Ar + H(2) + H(2)S/CaS + CaF(2) + (Pt)//CaF(2)//(Pt) + CaF(2) + CaS/H(2) + H(2)+Ar) show that the emf of the cell is directly related to the difference in sulfur potentials established at the Ar + H(2) + H(2)S/electrode interfaces. The electrodes convert the sulfur potential gradient across the calcium fluoride electrolyte into an equivalent fluorine potential gradient. Response time of the probe varies from approximately 9 hr at 990 K to 2.5 hr at 1225 K. The conversion of calcium sulfide and/or calcium fluoride into calcium oxide is not a problem anticipated in commercial coal gasification systems. Suggestions are presented for improving the cell for such commercial applications.

  12. Materials technology for coal gasification, liquefaction, and combustion. Semiannual report, April-September 1982

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1983-01-01

    Work on Refractories for slagging Gasifiers has included studies of corrosion, thermal shock, and slag viscosity. Structural Ceramics work has focused on establishing materials parameters for large-scale heat exchanger tests, selecting conditions and materials for laboratory-scale tests of structural ceramic materials to be used in heat exchangers, and Nondestructive Evaluation for ceramics has focused on developing advanced inspection techniques for ceramic heat exchanger tubes. High-Temperature Gaseous Corrosion efforts continue to examine the effects of mixed oxidants on corrosion behavior and mechanical properties. Work on Protective Coatings and Claddings has been concerned with metal and ceramic coatings, including pack aluminizing, pack chromizing, and plasma-spray methods. Instrumentation Development for In-situ Erosion Monitoring has concentrated on systems to monitor erosive wear of both metal and ceramics, primarily using acoustics. Large-Scale Plant Design Reviews have focused on the U-Gas coal gasification process. 67 figures, 15 tables.

  13. Removal of phenols, thiocyanate and ammonium from coal gasification wastewater using moving bed biofilm reactor.

    PubMed

    Li, Hui-qiang; Han, Hong-jun; Du, Mao-an; Wang, Wei

    2011-04-01

    A laboratory-scale moving bed biofilm reactor (MBBR) with a volume of 4 L was used to study the biodegradation of coal gasification wastewater. Maximum removal efficiencies of 81%, 89%, 94% and 93% were obtained for COD, phenols, SCN(-) and NH(4)(+)-N, respectively. NO(2)(-)-N accumulation induced increase of effluent COD concentration when the hydraulic residence time (HRT) decreased. Phenols removal was not affected when the HRT decreased from 48 to 32 h. Effluent SCN(-) and NH(4)(+)-N concentration increased with the decrease of the HRT, and decreased gradually when the HRT returned to 48 h. Batch experiments were carried out to study performance of the suspended and attached growth biomass in the MBBR. PMID:21320775

  14. Investigation of cavity growth mechanisms for underground coal gasification of western coal

    SciTech Connect

    Park, K.Y.

    1984-01-01

    Numerous UCG field tests have been performed during the past ten years. Due to the high cost of obtaining sweep efficiency data, limited field data on cavity shape in the coal seam have been obtained. Because of the importance of resource recovery on the economic viability of the UCG process, laboratory studies on cavity growth have been undertaken for Texas lignite, a coal which has also been tested in the field. The laboratory-scale tests show that for Texas-lignite the cavity and affected region were elongated in the direction perpendicular to the bedding plane. This behavior is similar to that exhibited by some sub-bituminous coal, as tested at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory.

  15. Environmental assessment for the Hoe Creek underground, Coal Gasification Test Site Remediation, Campbell County, Wyoming

    SciTech Connect

    NONE

    1997-10-01

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has prepared this EA to assess environmental and human health Issues and to determine potential impacts associated with the proposed Hoe Creek Underground Coal Gasification Test Site Remediation that would be performed at the Hoe Creek site in Campbell County, Wyoming. The Hoe Creek site is located south-southwest of the town of Gillette, Wyoming, and encompasses 71 acres of public land under the stewardship of the Bureau of Land Management. The proposed action identified in the EA is for the DOE to perform air sparging with bioremediation at the Hoe Creek site to remove contaminants resulting from underground coal gasification (UCG) experiments performed there by the DOE in the late 1970s. The proposed action would involve drilling additional wells at two of the UCG test sites to apply oxygen or hydrogen peroxide to the subsurface to volatilize benzene dissolved in the groundwater and enhance bioremediation of non-aqueous phase liquids present in the subsurface. Other alternatives considered are site excavation to remove contaminants, continuation of the annual pump and treat actions that have been used at the site over the last ten years to limit contaminant migration, and the no action alternative. Issues examined in detail in the EA are air quality, geology, human health and safety, noise, soils, solid and hazardous waste, threatened and endangered species, vegetation, water resources, and wildlife. Details of mitigative measures that could be used to limit any detrimental effects resulting from the proposed action or any of the alternatives are discussed, and information on anticipated effects identified by other government agencies is provided.

  16. Chemical and toxicological studies of coal gasification wastewater circulated through a cooling tower

    SciTech Connect

    Stetter, J.R.; Stamoudis, V.C.; Flotard, R.D.; Reilly, C.A., Jr.; Wilzbach, K.E.

    1984-08-01

    Argonne National Laboratory is studying health and environmental issues related to coal gasification, using data and samples from the oxygen-blown slagging fixed-bed gasifier at the University of North Dakota Energy Research Center (UNDERC). The pilot study reported here developed preliminary chemical and toxicological data needed to evaluate the health and environmental, as well as the process, implications of using partially treated gasifier wastewater in cooling towers. This minimal-treatment process removes organic compounds by solvent extraction and removes ammonia and acid gas by steam stripping; then, without intermediate biological treatment, the wastewater is reused in a cooling tower. Samples were collected of both the influent wastewater to the cooling tower and the effluent in the tower's blowdown pipeline. These samples were analyzed for the presence of organic chemicals and trace metals and tested for mutagenic and teratologic activity. Results indicate that the UNDERC solvent-extracted and steam-stripped coal gasification wastewaters doe not contain any easily observed mutagenic or cytotoxic activity. The blowdown water sampled was not cytotoxic or mutagenic after phenol removal and ten-fold concentration. Initial indications are that UNDEREC cooling tower blowdown water may contain teratogenically active compounds. Phenolic material is volatilized in the cooling tower and 85 to 90% is lost as a vapor effluent. Probably less than 10% oxidative degradation of phenols occurs in the UNDERC cooling tower. Hydantoins and most inorganic elements are concentrated in the blowdown water approximately ten-fold, as expected. Trace element distributions of zinc and lead in the blowdown water are not as predicted and are unexplained. The aerodynamic size of the drift aerosol may be 12 ..mu..m or greater, depending on the characteristics of the cooling tower's eliminators. 26 references, 2 figures, 13 tables.

  17. Co-gasification of different rank coals with biomass and petroleum coke in a high-pressure reactor for H(2)-rich gas production.

    PubMed

    Fermoso, J; Arias, B; Gil, M V; Plaza, M G; Pevida, C; Pis, J J; Rubiera, F

    2010-05-01

    Four coals of different rank were gasified, using a steam/oxygen mixture as gasifying agent, at atmospheric and elevated pressure in a fixed bed reactor fitted with a solids feeding system in continuous mode. Independently of coal rank, an increase in gasification pressure led to a decrease in H(2) + CO production and carbon conversion. Gasification of the different rank coals revealed that the higher the carbon content and reactivity, the greater the hydrogen production. Co-gasification experiments of binary (coal-biomass) and ternary blends (coal-petcoke-biomass) were conducted at high pressure to study possible synergetic effects. Interactions between the blend components were found to modify the gas production. An improvement in hydrogen production and cold gas efficiency was achieved when the coal was gasified with biomass. PMID:20061144

  18. Performance of solid oxide fuel cells operated with coal syngas provided directly from a gasification process

    SciTech Connect

    Hackett, Gregory A.; Gerdes, Kirk R.; Song, Xueyan; Chen, Yun; Shutthanandan, V.; Engelhard, Mark H.; Zhu, Zihua; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai; Gemmen, Randall

    2012-09-15

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are presently being developed for gasification integrated power plants that generate electricity from coal at 50+% efficiency. The interaction of trace metals in coal syngas with the Ni-based SOFC anodes is being investigated through thermodynamic analyses and in laboratory experiments, but direct test data from coal syngas exposure are sparsely available. This research effort evaluates the significance of SOFC performance losses associated with exposure of a SOFC anode to direct coal syngas. SOFC specimen of industrially relevant composition are operated in a unique mobile test skid that was deployed to the research gasifier at the National Carbon Capture Center (NCCC) in Wilsonville, AL. The mobile test skid interfaces with a gasifier slipstream to deliver hot syngas (up to 300°C) directly to a parallel array of 12 button cell specimen, each of which possesses an active area of approximately 2 cm2. During the 500 hour test period, all twelve cells were monitored for performance at four discrete operating current densities, and all cells maintained contact with a data acquisition system. Of these twelve, nine demonstrated good performance throughout the test, while three of the cells were partially compromised. Degradation associated with the properly functioning cells was attributed to syngas exposure and trace material attack on the anode structure that was accelerated at increasing current densities. Cells that were operated at 0 and 125 mA/cm² degraded at 9.1 and 10.7% per 1000 hours, respectively, while cells operated at 250 and 375 mA/cm² degraded at 18.9 and 16.2% per 1000 hours, respectively. Post-trial spectroscopic analysis of the anodes showed carbon, sulfur, and phosphorus deposits; no secondary Ni-metal phases were found.

  19. Role of site characteristics in the control of underground coal gasification

    SciTech Connect

    Bader, B.E.; Glass, R.E.

    1981-03-01

    Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) offers many potential economic and environmental advantages. Offsetting these advantages is the substantial lack of ability to control the UCG process. For example, only three elements of external process control have been utilized. These are: (1) injected gas composition; (2) injected gas flow rate; and (3) product gas pressure. Variation of these independent variables in UCG tests has resulted in mixed indications of their effectiveness. This study indicates other possible elements of control based on the results of recent field tests and modeling efforts. These elements are associated with the selection of the specific site where the process is conducted and with the design of the test itself. The results of previous UCG field tests have indicated that the conditions that exist in the coal seam and overburden before the start of the combustion process may dominate all other factors. These conditions are the geotechnical characteristics, such as faulting and groundwater hydrology, as well as the details of the test layout, well completions, and linking method. Evidence exists to support the thesis that these preignition conditions can be dominant factors in process control of in situ operations. The data from recent UCG tests have been analyzed with respect to the effect of the site geotechnical characterisics and the test design. The results indicate that geologic faulting, coal seam permeability distributions, well completions, and coal strength are important elements of control in the process behavior. Attempts to influence Hanna IVB by varying external process parameters could not overcome these effects. Similar results have been observed in other UCG tests.

  20. Further development of an axisymmetric global UCG (underground coal gasification) cavity growth simulator

    SciTech Connect

    Britten, J.A.; Thorsness, C.B.

    1987-07-15

    Development has continued on the global underground coal gasification (UCG) cavity simulation model CAVSMII, first described at the 12th UCG symposium, with the result that it now treats essentially all major processes that occur during a UCG operation. To a large extent these modifications were motivated by insight into UCG cavity growth gained from observation of the excavated Partial Seam CRIP (PSC) UCG site. A submodel for water influx has been formulated and added, based on gravity drainage and water reflux, including compressibility effects of the medium. A submodel empirically describing the growth of an outflow channel from a horizontal uncased production borehole in the coal seam has been developed as well. The settling of solids in the rubble pile caused by removal of carbon from spalled char has been reformulated more realistically. Another major modeling reformulation is the addition of a resistance to gas flow through the overburden rubble, which was previously assumed negligible in comparison to the ash pile flow resistance. Also, the submodel describing dynamics of the reaction zone between the ash rubble and the competent coal wall, which previously consisted of an empirical two-parameter model, is now fully integrated into the global cavity evolution model and solved for each time step. At the same time, more efficient algorithms for computing flow of injection gas through the rubble pile have reduced both total CPU time and code memory requirements by more than a factor of two. The present state of the simulator is presented and the effect of some key physical and process parameters is explored. Finally, results are presented for the simulation of UCG cavity growth for the PSC test, the upcoming Rocky Mountain I test and a test of a high-ash, relatively thin seam coal proposed for Brazil. 13 refs.

  1. Role of site characteristics in the control of underground coal gasification

    SciTech Connect

    Bader, B.E.; Glass, R.E.

    1981-01-01

    Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) offers many potential economic and environmental advantages. Offsetting these advantages is the substantial lack of ability to control the UCG process. For example, only three elements of external process control have been utilized. These are: (1) injected gas composition, (2) injected gas flow rate, and (3) product gas pressure. Variation of these independent variables in UCG tests has resulted in mixed indications of their effectiveness. This study indicates other possible elements of control based on the results of recent field tests and modeling efforts. These elements are associated with the selection of the specific site where the process is conducted and with the design of the test itself. The results of previous UCG field tests have indicated that the conditions that exist in the coal seam and overburden before the start of the combustion process may dominate all other factors. These conditions are the geotechnical characteristics, such as faulting and groundwater hydrology, as well as the details of the test layout, well completions, and linking method. Evidence exists to support the thesis that these preignition conditions can be dominant factors in process control of in-situ operations. The data from recent UCG tests have been analyzed with respect to the effect of the site geotechnical characteristics and the test design. The results of this analysis indicate that geologic faulting, coal seam permeability distributions, well completions, and coal strength are important elements of control in the process behavior. Attempts to influence Hanna IVB by varying external process parameters could not overcome these effects. Similar results have been observed in other UCG tests.

  2. Chemical process modelling of Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) and evaluation of produced gas quality for end use

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Korre, Anna; Andrianopoulos, Nondas; Durucan, Sevket

    2015-04-01

    Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) is an unconventional method for recovering energy from coal resources through in-situ thermo-chemical conversion to gas. In the core of the UCG lays the coal gasification process which involves the engineered injection of a blend of gasification agents into the coal resource and propagating its gasification. Athough UCG technology has been known for some time and considered a promising method for unconventional fossil fuel resources exploitation, there are limited modelling studies which achieve the necessary accuracy and realistic simulation of the processes involved. This paper uses the existing knowledge for surface gasifiers and investigates process designs which could be adapted to model UCG. Steady state simulations of syngas production were developed using the Advanced System for Process ENgineering (Aspen) Plus software. The Gibbs free energy minimisation method was used to simulate the different chemical reactor blocks which were combined using a FORTRAN code written. This approach facilitated the realistic simulation of the gasification process. A number of model configurations were developed to simulate different subsurface gasifier layouts considered for the exploitation of underground coal seams. The two gasifier layouts considered here are the linked vertical boreholes and the controlled retractable injection point (CRIP) methods. Different stages of the UCG process (i.e. initialisation, intermediate, end-phase) as well as the temperature level of the syngas collection point in each layout were found to be the two most decisive and distinctive parameters during the design of the optimal model configuration for each layout. Sensitivity analyses were conducted to investigate the significance of the operational parameters and the performance indicators used to evaluate the results. The operational parameters considered were the type of reagents injected (i.e. O2, N2, CO2, H2O), the ratio between the injected reagents and the feedstock quantity (i.e. coal), the pressure, the gasification and the combustion temperatures. The performance indicators included the composition and the energy content of the product gas as well as the carbon and energy efficiency achieved under each operational scenario. Different operational scenarios for every model configuration facilitated the cross-comparison among different configurations. The proximate and ultimate analysis data for the coal seams modelled were taken from a number of candidate UCG sites (Durucan et al., 2014) .The model findings were validated using the results of field trials reported in the literature. It was found that, increased gasification temperature leads to higher H2 and CO quantities in the product gas. Moreover, CH4 and CO2 concentrations increased as reaction pressure increased, while the CH4 quantity reached its highest value at the highest operational pressure, when combined with the lowest gasification temperature. The simulation models developed can be used to design and validate experimental UCG studies and offer significant advantages in terms of time and resource savings. As the UCG process consists of interrelated stages and a number of diverse phenomena, therefore, the gasification designs developed could act as the basis for an integrated UCG model tailored to the needs of a UCG pilot plant.

  3. Combined Air Sparge and Bioremediation of an Underground Coal Gasification Site

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    Covell, J.R.; Thomas, M.H.

    1996-12-01

    EG&G Technical Services of West Virginia (TSWV) Inc. is successfully remediating a former underground coal gasification (UCG) test site in northeastern Wyoming. EG&G is demonstrating the effectiveness of combined air sparge and biostimulation technology. This project is being conducted for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE ) - Morgantown Energy Technology Center (METC), the lease holder of the site. UCG testing from 1976 through 1979 contaminated three water-bearing units at the site with benzene. Previous pump and treat operations at the site showed the presence of a persistent non-dissolved benzene source material. The Felix I coal seam is the most contaminated unit at the site and was the target unit for the initial demonstration. Air sparging was selected to strip dissolved benzene, volatilize the non- dissolved benzene source material, and to provide oxygen for increasing aerobic bacteria populations. Indigenous bacteria populations were stimulated with ammonium phosphate addition. EG&G designed the remediation system to take advantage of the hydrogeologic environment to produce a cost-effective approach to the groundwater remediation. Groundwater pumping was used to manipulate subsurface air flow, nutrient transport, and biomass management. Demonstration operations began on September 29, 1995, and were suspended on April 30, 1996 to begin demonstration expansion. Initial results of the demonstration show substantial reduction in benzene concentrations across the demonstration area. Benzene concentration reductions greater than 80% were observed two months after demonstration operations were suspended.

  4. Diffusion Coatings for Corrosion-Resistant Components in Coal Gasification Systems

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    Gopala N. Krishnan; Ripudaman Malhotra; Esperanza Alvarez; Kai-Hung Lau; Jordi Perez-Mariano; Angel Sanjurjo

    2005-03-15

    Heat-exchangers, particle filters, turbines, and other components in integrated coal gasification combined cycle system must withstand the highly sulfiding conditions of the high-temperature coal gas over an extended period of time. The performance of components degrades significantly with time unless expensive high alloy materials are used. Deposition of a suitable coating on a low-cost alloy may improve its resistance to such sulfidation attack, and decrease capital and operating costs. The alloys used in the gasifier service include austenitic and ferritic stainless steels, nickel-chromium-iron alloys, and expensive nickel-cobalt alloys. During this period, we conducted two 300-hour tests. In the first test, we exposed samples at 900 C under conditions simulating the high-temperature heat recovery unit (HTHRU). The second test was at 370 C, corresponding to the filter units following the HTHRU. The tests were showed the resilience of silicon nitride as a coating component, and the new coating procedures better penetrated the pores in sintered metal filter samples. Finally, we also received samples that were exposed in the Wabash River plant. Unfortunately, all these samples, that were prepared last year, were severely eroded and/or corroded.

  5. Results of the groundwater restoration project, Hanna Underground Coal Gasification Test Site, Wyoming: Topical report

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    Oliver, R.L.

    1988-01-01

    Underground coal gasification (UCG) experiments conducted during the 1970s at the Department of Energy (DOE) site near Hanna, Wyoming, formed six underground cavities in the Hanna No. 1 coal seam, an aquifer of low permeability. When the first Hanna UCG experiment began in March 1973, researchers had little information about what effects the geologic or hydrologic characteristics of the area might have on the UCG process; likewise, the effects of UCG on the environment were unknown. Since the UCG experiments were completed, dilute concentrations of pyrolysis products and leachates have been detected in groundwater monitoring wells in and near some of the six cavities. Three primary UCG indicator constituents have been measured at elevated concentrations: phenols, TDS, and sulfate. The Hanna III cavity water exceeded the DOE target level for TDS and sulfate, and the Hanna I cavity water exceeded the DOE target level for phenols. The indicated phenols contamination, however, was in groundwater sampled from a well which was previously used as a production well during the experiment. Water pumped during the restoration project and a new well located approximately 10 ft from the old production well was sampled and no elevated phenols concentration was detected. Therefore, the restoration performed on the Hanna I cavity water was not necessary. The restoration was performed, however, because these indications were not available until during the restoration. Locally, various other constituents exceed DOE target levels, but concentrations are very near target levels and are well within livestock use limits. 2 refs., 7 figs., 5 tabs.

  6. Characterization and supporting research for in-situ coal-gasification research and development project plan

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    Love, S.L.

    1982-08-01

    Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) is an emerging technology with the potential for greatly increasing the usable coal supply in the USA. Of the remaining problems with this technology, perhaps the most significant is the inability to reliably forecast test results. Experience now indicates that to anticipate test results, one must be able to forecast the evolving shape of the underground reaction zone. Further, the most important factors governing this cavity growth may be the initial site and process conditions. This document describes a research plan which is designed to provide the needed UCG characterization in terms of cavity growth as determined by the nature of the UCG site. Laboratory and small-scale field investigations are proposed which should: (1) define the characteristics of sites that are suitable for UCG; (2) identify and quantify the key process factors; and (3) develop mathematical models which can be used to forecast site-specific test results. Included in this document are task descriptions and objectives, time scales, and budget estimates. Some of the activities described are underway, and pertinent results to date are discussed.

  7. Environmental controls for underground coal gasification: ground-water effects and control technologies

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    Mead, W.; Raber, E.

    1980-03-14

    Underground coal gasfication (UCG) promises to provide economic access to an enormous deep-coal resource. It is, therefore, of considerable importance to develop appropriate environmental controls for use in conjunction with the UCG process. The Lawrence Livermore Laboratory has conducted three UCG experiments at its Hoe Creek site in northeastern Wyoming. Environmental studies are being conducted in conjunction with these UCG experiments, including an investigation of changes in local ground-water quality and subsidence effects. Ground-water monitoring and geotechnical measurements have helped to clarify the environmental significance of reaction-product contaminants that remain underground following gasification, and the implications of cavity roof collapse and aquifer interconnection. These investigations have led to the development of preliminary plans for a specific method of ground water quality restoration utilizing activated carbon adsorption. Unconventional technologies are also being investigated that may be appropriate for restoring ground water that has been contaminated as a result of UCG operations. These water treatment technologies are being explored as possible supplements to natural controls and process restrictions.

  8. LWA demonstration applications using Illinois coal gasification slag: Phase II. Technical report, 1 March--31 May 1994

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    Choudhry, V. [Praxis Engineers, Inc., Milpitas, CA (United States); Steck, P. [Harvey Cement Products, Inc. (United States)

    1994-09-01

    The major objective of this project is to demonstrate the suitability of using ultra-lightweight aggregates (ULWA) produced by thermal expansion of solid residues (slag) generated during the gasification of Illinois coals as substitutes for conventional aggregates, which are typically produced by pyroprocessing of perlite ores. To meet this objective, expanded slag aggregates produced from an Illinois coal slag feed in Phase I will be subjected to characterization and applications-oriented testing. Target applications include the following: aggregates in precast products (blocks and rooftiles); construction aggregates (loose fill insulation and insulating concrete); and other applications as identified from evaluation of expanded slag properties. The production of value-added products from slag is aimed at eliminating a solid waste and possibly enhancing the overall economics of the gasification process, especially when the avoided costs of disposal are taken into consideration.

  9. Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) demonstration project, Polk Power Station -- Unit No. 1. Annual report, October 1993--September 1994

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    NONE

    1995-05-01

    This describes the Tampa Electric Company`s Polk Power Station Unit 1 (PPS-1) Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) demonstration project which will use a Texaco pressurized, oxygen-blown, entrained-flow coal gasifier to convert approximately 2,300 tons per day of coal (dry basis) coupled with a combined cycle power block to produce a net 250 MW electrical power output. Coal is slurried in water, combined with 95% pure oxygen from an air separation unit, and sent to the gasifier to produce a high temperature, high pressure, medium-Btu syngas with a heat content of about 250 Btu/scf (LHV). The syngas then flows through a high temperature heat recovery unit which cools the syngas prior to its entering the cleanup systems. Molten coal ash flows from the bottom of the high temperature heat recovery unit into a water-filled quench chamber where it solidifies into a marketable slag by-product.

  10. A novel approach to highly dispersing catalytic materials in coal for gasification. Final technical report, September 1989--November 1992

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    Abotsi, G.M.K.; Bota, K.B.

    1992-12-01

    The objectives of this project were to investigate the effects of coal surface charge on the uptake of aqueous soluble metal catalysts from solution and to determine the influence of the interfacial interaction on char reactivity. Another goal is to assess the potential of using potassium carbonate, potassium acetate or their mixtures as catalysts for char gasification. The lower cost and the high catalytic activity of the latter compound will produce economic benefits by reducing the amount of potassium carbonate required for efficient char reactivities on a commercial scale. To minimize the interference of the coals` inherent inorganic materials with the added calcium or potassium, the gasification studies were restricted to the demineralized coals. In a manner similar to the effect of pH on the surface electrochemistry of the coals, the reactivities of the calcium- or potassium-loaded chars in bon dioxide at 800{degree}C were dependent upon the pH at which the catalysts were ion-exchanged onto the coals. For the calcium-containing chars, the reactivities increased in the order: pH 6 > pH 10 > pH 1. In contrast, the variation of the gasification rates with potassium loading pH was: pH 6 {approximately} pH 10 {much_gt} pH 1. However, simultaneous adsorption of the metals at {approximately} pH 1 enhanced char reactivity relative to metals loading at pH 6 or 10. These findings are attributed to the differences in the extent of electrostatic interaction between the calcium or potassium ions and the charged coal surface during catalyst loading from solution.

  11. Post-treatment of Coal Gasification Wastewater Using a Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor in Present of Methanol

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    Hui-qiang Li; Hong-jun Han; Mao-an Du; Wei Wang

    2010-01-01

    Laboratory scale moving bed biofilm reactor (MBBR) was used to treat effluent from post-denitriflcation process in full-scale coal gasification wastewater treatment plant. Methanol was added into the effluent from post-denitriflcation to investigate the effect of surplus methanol on reactor performance. The average effluent COD, NH4-N and NO2-N concentrations were 145.14, 11.88 and 0.22 mg\\/L for blank reactor (without adding methanol),

  12. Energy Conversion Alternatives Study (ECAS), Westinghouse phase 1. Volume 3: Combustors, furnaces and low-BTU gasifiers. [used in coal gasification and coal liquefaction (equipment specifications)

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    Hamm, J. R.

    1976-01-01

    Information is presented on the design, performance, operating characteristics, cost, and development status of coal preparation equipment, combustion equipment, furnaces, low-Btu gasification processes, low-temperature carbonization processes, desulfurization processes, and pollution particulate removal equipment. The information was compiled for use by the various cycle concept leaders in determining the performance, capital costs, energy costs, and natural resource requirements of each of their system configurations.

  13. Laboratory characterization of the spalling properties of the rock cores from the UCG (Underground Coal Gasification) test site near Porto Alegre in Brazil

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    S. B. Tantekin; D. P. Sperry; W. B. Krantz; J. A. Britten

    1988-01-01

    One of the principal problems encountered in most of the Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) field tests conducted thus far has been excessive water influx. Spalling-enhanced-drying of coal and overburdens rock has been identified as the principal mechanism of water influx observed in the Hanna UCG field tests in Wyoming Spalling is defined as the chipping, fracturing and breaking off of

  14. Changes in char structure during the gasification of a Victorian brown coal in steam and oxygen at 800{degree}C

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    Xin Guo; Hui Ling Tay; Shu Zhang; Chun-Zhu Li [Monash University, Vic. (Australia). Department of Chemical Engineering

    2008-11-15

    Char structure is an important factor influencing its reactivity during gasification. This study aims to investigate the changes in char structure during the gasification of brown coal. A Victorian brown coal was gasified in a fluidized-bed/fixed-bed reactor at 800{degree}C in atmospheres containing 15% H{sub 2}O, 2000 ppm O{sub 2}, or 15% H{sub 2}O and 2000 ppm O{sub 2}, respectively. Although the char gasification in 2000 ppm O{sub 2} was mainly rate-limited by the external diffusion of O{sub 2}, the char-H{sub 2}O reaction was mainly rate-limited by the chemical reactions. The structural features of char at different levels of char gasification conversion were examined with FT-Raman spectroscopy. Our results show that the chars from the gasification in the mixture of 2000 ppm O{sub 2} and 15% H{sub 2}O had almost the same features as the chars from the gasification in 15% H{sub 2}O alone when the same levels of char conversion were achieved. Both the thermal decomposition of char and the char gasification reactions could result in changes in char structure during gasification. 29 refs., 5 figs., 1 tab.

  15. Low-Btu coal-gasification-process design report for Combustion Engineering/Gulf States Utilities coal-gasification demonstration plant. [Natural gas or No. 2 fuel oil to natural gas or No. 2 fuel oil or low Btu gas

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    Andrus, H E; Rebula, E; Thibeault, P R; Koucky, R W

    1982-06-01

    This report describes a coal gasification demonstration plant that was designed to retrofit an existing steam boiler. The design uses Combustion Engineering's air blown, atmospheric pressure, entrained flow coal gasification process to produce low-Btu gas and steam for Gulf States Utilities Nelson No. 3 boiler which is rated at a nominal 150 MW of electrical power. Following the retrofit, the boiler, originally designed to fire natural gas or No. 2 oil, will be able to achieve full load power output on natural gas, No. 2 oil, or low-Btu gas. The gasifier and the boiler are integrated, in that the steam generated in the gasifier is combined with steam from the boiler to produce full load. The original contract called for a complete process and mechanical design of the gasification plant. However, the contract was curtailed after the process design was completed, but before the mechanical design was started. Based on the well defined process, but limited mechanical design, a preliminary cost estimate for the installation was completed.

  16. LLL in situ Coal Gasification Project. Quarterly progress report, January-March 1980

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    Olness, D.U. (ed.)

    1980-05-30

    We have performed three small-scale, coal-block reactor experiments in order to gain some insight into the performance of the proposed injection well design for the next field test, and to better understand some of the observed in situ phenomena which occurred during the Hoe Creek No. 3 field test. The modeling group has begun to consolidate into a single data base the data from Hoe Creek No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3, permitting some comparisons which are presented and discussed. During and after the Hoe Creek experiments, groundwater samples were collected from wells located at a distance of a few feet to several hundred feet from the gasification cavities. Analysis of the water was performed and work is continuing to understand and to explain the observed increased concentration of several cations. Several sources of information, including two recent papers by Zvyaghintsev covering Soviet UCG stations, have been analyzed. The Soviets developed an effective method for UCG in the 1950's. Plans were developed to increase UCG production from 0.7 billion m/sup 3/ in 1958 to over 40 billion m/sup 3//yr. These plans were not implemented; production peaked in 1966 at 2 billion m/sup 3//yr and declined to 0.7 billion m/sup 3//yr by 1977. The reasons for this decline are presumed to be the poorer heating values, closer wellbore spacings, and higher product gas losses at Angren than expected. Comparable results would produce unfavorable economics in the US. Also, UCG technology in the USSR faced stiff competition from natural gas production and efficient open-pit coal mining.

  17. Successful continuous injection of coal into gasification and PFBC system operating pressures exceeding 500 PSI - DOE funded program results

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    NONE

    2005-07-01

    President Bush's energy program is focussed towards commercializing power production technologies that offer improvements in efficiency and reductions in emissions while utilizing the nation's most abundant energy reserve - coal. Gasification offers such benefits. To bring this technology to full commercial acceptance, the operational issue of feeding solid fuel into the pressure environment needs to be addressed. The DOE, through the National Energy Technology Laboratory, has funded research to develop the unique Stamet 'Posimetric Solids Pump' to feed coal into current gasification operating pressures. The project comprised design and testing to feed coal into 300 PSI and a second Phase for feeding into 500 PSI. The 300 PSI target was achieved in December 2003. In January 2005, the Posimetric feeder achieved continuous injection of coal into 560 PSI, exceeding the Phase 2 target. This paper presents a review and evaluation of the design, design optimizations and test results of the successful feeder. It also presents analysis of economic benefits to pump use and results from semi-commercial testing at gasifier operating test facilities, which should have commenced by the date of the Conference. 16 figs., 6 tabs.

  18. Revised users manual, Pulverized Coal Gasification or Combustion: 2-dimensional (87-PCGC-2): Final report, Volume 2. [87-PCGC-2

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    Smith, P.J.; Smoot, L.D.; Brewster, B.S.

    1987-12-01

    A two-dimensional, steady-state model for describing a variety of reactive and non-reactive flows, including pulverized coal combustion and gasification, is presented. Recent code revisions and additions are described. The model, referred to as 87-PCGC-2, is applicable to cylindrical axi-symmetric systems. Turbulence is accounted for in both the fluid mechanics equations and the combustion scheme. Radiation from gases, walls, and particles is taken into account using either a flux method or discrete ordinates method. The particle phase is modeled in a Lagrangian framework, such that mean paths of particle groups are followed. Several multi-step coal devolatilization schemes are included along with a heterogeneous reaction scheme that allows for both diffusion and chemical reaction. Major gas-phase reactions are modeled assuming local instantaneous equilibrium, and thus the reaction rates are limited by the turbulent rate mixing. A NO/sub x/ finite rate chemistry submodel is included which integrates chemical kinetics and the statistics of the turbulence. The gas phase is described by elliptic partial differential equations that are solved by an iterative line-by-line technique. Under-relaxation is used to achieve numerical stability. The generalized nature of the model allows for calculation of isothermal fluid mechanicsgaseous combustion, droplet combustion, particulate combustion and various mixtures of the above, including combustion of coal-water and coal-oil slurries. Both combustion and gasification environments are permissible. User information and theory are presented, along with sample problems. 106 refs.

  19. Some studies on a solid-state sulfur probe for coal gasification systems

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    Jacob, K. T.; Rao, D. B.; Nelson, H. G.

    1978-01-01

    As a part of a program for the development of a sulfur probe for monitoring the sulfur potential in coal gasification reactors, an investigation was conducted regarding the efficiency of the solid electrolyte cell Ar+H2+H2S/CaS+CaF2+(Pt)//CaF2//Pt)+CaF2+CaS/H2S+H2+Ar. A demonstration is provided of the theory, design, and operation of a solid-state sulfur probe based on CaF2 electrolyte. It was found that the cell responds to changes in sulfur potential in a manner predicted by the Nernst equation. The response time of the cell at 1225 K, after a small change in temperature or gas composition, was 2.5 Hr, while at a lower temperature of 990 K the response time was approximately 9 hr. The cell emf was insensitive to a moderate increase in the flow rate of the test gas and/or the reference gas. The exact factors affecting the slow response time of galvanic cells based on a CaF2 electrolyte have not yet been determined. The rate-limiting steps may be either the kinetics of electrode reactions or the rate of transport through the electrolyte.

  20. Gas Production Strategy of Underground Coal Gasification Based on Multiple Gas Sources

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    Tianhong, Duan; Zuotang, Wang; Limin, Zhou; Dongdong, Li

    2014-01-01

    To lower stability requirement of gas production in UCG (underground coal gasification), create better space and opportunities of development for UCG, an emerging sunrise industry, in its initial stage, and reduce the emission of blast furnace gas, converter gas, and coke oven gas, this paper, for the first time, puts forward a new mode of utilization of multiple gas sources mainly including ground gasifier gas, UCG gas, blast furnace gas, converter gas, and coke oven gas and the new mode was demonstrated by field tests. According to the field tests, the existing power generation technology can fully adapt to situation of high hydrogen, low calorific value, and gas output fluctuation in the gas production in UCG in multiple-gas-sources power generation; there are large fluctuations and air can serve as a gasifying agent; the gas production of UCG in the mode of both power and methanol based on multiple gas sources has a strict requirement for stability. It was demonstrated by the field tests that the fluctuations in gas production in UCG can be well monitored through a quality control chart method. PMID:25114953