SBIR Phase I: Feasibility of On-line Metalloid Recovery in Gasification Systems
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will investigate the feasibility
of developing a technology to optimize accumulation and subsequent removal of a valuable element from integrated gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) systems. IGCC is a highly efficient, low-emissions technology that uses coal and other feed stocks to produce electricity, process heat, and high-value fuels and chemicals. Deposits containing a valuable metalloid accumulate in an IGCC system, requiring significant downtime for
cleaning and loss of revenue. The proposed technology will lead to recovery of a
metalloid as part of routine operation of IGCC systems. Metalloid capture will be performed using bench-scale laboratory equipment with a simulated gasification environment. Bonding mechanisms will be characterized to determine if spalling of deposits through thermal cycling and soot blowing is a feasible method of recovering deposits on-line.
This innovation would substantially increase revenue by providing a marketable product stream and would decrease operating and maintenance costs by improving the efficiency of the system.
Small Business Information at Submission:
Principal Investigator:Margaret Laumb
Microbeam Technologies Incorporated
4300 Dartmouth Drive Grand Forks, ND 58203
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