PCI Low Emissions Catalytic Combustor Wins Department of Energy Industrial Technologies Program Award for Industrial Fuel Flexibility
NORTH HAVEN, CT (February 17, 2009) -- Precision Combustion, Inc. (PCI) announced that its Rich Catalytic Lean-Burn (RCL®) injector has been selected for one of seven U.S. Department of Energy Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) awards for promising technologies to improve industrial fuel-flexibility. The program seeks to enable alternatives to industrial use of natural gas, such as gasified fuels, landfill and digester gas, industrial processes gases, and other industrial opportunity fuels, reducing natural gas use and imports while lowering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
PCI's RCL® technology has been shown to offer ultra-low NOx emissions and other advantages for gas turbine engines burning natural gas, and is also being developed for improved efficiency and reduced NOx in gas turbine systems using high hydrogen-content fuels such as coal-derived syngas and hydrogen. The technology is based on a novel reactor design and catalysts to provide increased combustion stability and ultra-low NOx emissions (<3 ppm).
This new project will develop the fuel flexibility features of the technology for using a wide range of gaseous fuels. Combustor fuel flexibility will be demonstrated for low Btu gases (e.g. digester gas and blast furnace gas) as well as fuels containing a variety of reactive species (e.g. refinery fuel gas, industrial byproduct gases, and pipeline gas of varying reactivity/Wobbe index). Catalytically-enhanced combustion stability enables lower Btu capability without supplemental fueling, while the catalyst system itself is relatively insensitive to fuel reactivity and fuel quality variations, easing the use of fuels that otherwise are challenging for low emissions gas turbines.
Dr. Shahrokh Etemad, Project Principal Investigator commented,
"RCL® injectors offer the ability to use stable and robust lean premixed combustion without early auto-ignition across a wider range of lower cost alternative fuels, including low-Btu fuels sch as blast furnace gas and those containing substantial highly reactive fuel components."
Kevin Burns, PCI's President adds,
"This project will highlight the benefit the technology offers power generators and plant operators by enabling the use of lower cost fuels for more efficient production of high value electricity. The impact will be greater electricity production and U.S. energy efficiency at lower fuel cost and reduced energy imports. We hope to attract the participation of interested power generators and plant operators looking to benefit from the technology."
For more information, contact: Tony Anderson
Manager, Marketing and Business Development