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Baseline Flowsheet Model for IGCC with Carbon Capture

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posted on 05.10.2011 by Randall P. Field, Robert Brasington
Integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) processes have the potential for high thermal efficiency with a low energy penalty for carbon capture. Many researchers have proposed various innovations to improve upon the efficiency of the IGCC process. However, the analysis methods of most publications are generally not transparent and these published results are exceedingly difficult to reproduce. The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) report [Cost and Performance Baseline for Fossil Energy Plants: Bituminous Coal and Natural Gas to Electricity Final Report; U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy, NETL, DOE/NETL-2010/1397, 2010] is widely used as a reference by researchers and by industry. To enable researchers to have a consistent and transparent framework for analyzing IGCC flowsheets and potential innovations, a baseline model derived from the NETL report is described herein and the corresponding flowsheet model and its full documentation are available online from this journal for use and modification.

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