One step closer to clean coal?
Phase II is under way of a multi-phase project to supply an engineering simulator for the first-of-a-kind power plant design, FutureGen 2.0 project, which will be a near-zero emissions coal-fueled power plant using oxy-combustion technology.
Global energy services solutions provider GSE Systems Inc. is currently working on Phase II of a multi-phase project with Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group (B&W PGG).
FutureGen 2.0, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act overseen by the U.S. Department of Energy, will retrofit the decommissioned Meredosia coal-fueled power plant in Illinois with an innovative oxy-coal carbon capture technology developed by B&W PGG in collaboration with Air Liquide.
The oxy-coal combustion process uses nearly pure oxygen and recycled flue gasses instead of air for combustion. The resulting flue gas is composed of concentrated CO2, which is purified, compressed and stored in a deep formation. By capturing and storing approximately 1.1 million tons of the greenhouse gas CO2 each year, the plant will reduce its CO2 emissions by at least 90 percent.
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The first phase engineering simulator models the plant’s boiler and Gas Quality Control System to validate specifications for equipment sizing and performance. Additionally, the models will be used to validate the process controls developed by B&W PGG and Air Liquide. By having the simulator during plant development, engineers and future operators will be able to test the performance of the models and controls.
In subsequent phases, the simulator will be used to verify and validate the new plant systems and controls prior to plant commissioning. An additional benefit of the project is that the resulting controls will be optimized prior to commissioning and tuned by plant operation. This will reduce the commissioning time and cost for the new plant.
GSE has completed many other first-of-a-kind simulation projects for new plant designs such as the B&W mPower Small Modular Reactor, Westinghouse AP1000, NuScale Power Small Modular Reactor, Chinese CPR1000, SINOPEC Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle, and a Korean-built ultra-supercritical control verification and validation simulator.
Hydrostor receives $4m funding for A-CAES facility in Canada
Hydrostor has received $4m funding to develop a 300-500MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) facility in Canada.
The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to plan construction.
The project will be modeled on Hydrostor’s commercially operating Goderich storage facility, providing up to 12 hours of energy storage.
Hydrostor’s A-CAES system supports Canada’s green economic transition by designing, building, and operating emissions-free energy storage facilities, and employing people, suppliers, and technologies from the oil and gas sector.
The Honorable Seamus O’Regan, Jr. Minister of Natural Resources, said: “Investing in clean technology will lower emissions and increase our competitiveness. This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”
A-CAES has the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions by enabling the transition to a cleaner and more flexible electricity grid. Specifically, the low-impact and cost-effective technology will reduce the use of fossil fuels and will provide reliable and bankable energy storage solutions for utilities and regulators, while integrating renewable energy for sustainable growth.
Curtis VanWalleghem, Hydrostor’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are grateful for the federal government’s support of our long duration energy storage solution that is critical to enabling the clean energy transition. This made-in-Canada solution, with the support of NRCan and Sustainable Development Technology Canada, is ready to be widely deployed within Canada and globally to lower electricity rates and decarbonize the electricity sector."
The Rosamond A-CAES 500MW Project is under advanced development and targeting a 2024 launch. It is designed to turn California’s growing solar and wind resources into on-demand peak capacity while allowing for closure of fossil fuel generating stations.
Hydrostor closed US$37 million (C$49 million) in growth financing in September 2019.