PCI Oxy-Syngas Mixer and Reheat Combustor Design for Clean Coal Power Wins Phase II Department of Energy SBIR Award
NORTH HAVEN, CT (September 18, 2009) ---- Precision Combustion, Inc. (PCI)announced today that its oxy-syngas reheat combustor design has been selected for a Phase II SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) award by the Department of Energy (DOE). The award will support continued development of this technology, which offers an important efficiency-boosting component of a "zero-emission" clean coal power system.
Oxy-fuel offers the potential for a sustainable zero-emissions future for coal-derived fuels, and requires a number of technology advances now in development. With CO2 and water as the end products, CO2 can cost-effectively be captured and sequestered while also avoiding nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. Higher efficiencies can be obtained from an oxy-syngas cycle by including a reheat combustor, but the reactive environment and presence of steam create challenges. PCI's unique design offers the potential for a combustor capable of operating in a high temperature/pressure environment with high stability and complete combustion. Presently, there is no commercial re-heat combustor design for this aggressive combustion environment. As a result, this development potentially offers a major step forward in support of U.S. energy climate neutrality and energy independence, as well an important technology capability for meeting policy objectives.
Dr. Shahrokh Etemad, Project Principal Investigator, states,
"Our oxy-syngas reheat combustor will provide a key component for practical zero-emission power plants. The potential market for this product is significant and will likely grow as environmental and climate concerns increase. We’re also looking at spin-off applications." Kevin Burns, PCI's President adds, "Power plants produce a major fraction of man-made carbon dioxide emissions, and consequently there is interest in technology for reducing these global warming emissions. Our technology is a promising innovation that can contribute to zero carbon emission solutions, and we appreciate the DOE’s support for its development."
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