Oxy-fuel Turbo Machinery Development for Energy Intensive Industrial Applications

Abstract

Through the support of the US Department of Energy, Clean Energy Systems, Inc. and its development partners have designed, manufactured, and tested and industrial-scale oxy-fuel turbine, suitable for applications in oxy-combustion power cycles that capture greater than 99% of produced carbon dioxide. To save on development cost and schedule, a used industrial gas turbine, an SGT-900 811/12 engine, was purchase, disassembled and inspected, then retro-fitted to act as an intermediate-pressure, hot gas expander. Also, the engine's air-breathing combustors were converted into oxy-fuel reheaters to boost turbine inlet temperatures and therefore, cycle efficiencies. A dedicated test rig was designed, fabricated, instrumented, and installed at an existing test facility to demonstrate reheater performance prior to install and operations within the oxy-fuel turbine. Component test results prove the feasibility of gas turbine conversion to oxy-fuel turbine, however further testing is recommended to further verify performance at higher power levels, and longer durations.

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