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GAS TURBINES FOR COMBUSTION OF NATURAL GAS IN MINE VENTILATION AIR

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
11580
Program Year/Program:
1991 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
11580
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Northwest Fuel Development, In
4064 Orchard Drive Lake Osweg, OR 97035
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1991
Title: GAS TURBINES FOR COMBUSTION OF NATURAL GAS IN MINE VENTILATION AIR
Agency: DOE
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $500,000.00
 

Abstract:

A LEAN BURNING GAS TURBINE DESIGN WILL BE DEVELOPED TO BURN METHANE-AIR MIXTURES WITH METHANE CONCENTRATIONS AS LOW AS 2%. THIS WILL ALLOW THE USE OF COAL MINE VENTILATION AIR ASTHE FUEL. MEMBERS OF THE PROJECT TEAM HAVE DEVELOPED SEVERAL CONCEPTUAL APPROACHES WHICH COULD HANDLE SUCH AN EXTREMELY DILUTE FUEL. THESE CONCEPTUAL DESIGNS WILL BE EVALUATED TO PRESENT A SYSTEM WHICH WOULD BE TESTED IN THE LABORATORY DURING PHASE II OF THE PROJECT. PROTOTYPE CONSTRUCTION AND COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT WOULD TAKE PLACE IN PHASE III. ONE OF THE PROMISING APPROACHES IS TO USE A ROTATING CERAMIC HEAT EXCHANGER TO RAISE THE TEMPERATURE OF THE PRE-MIXED METHANE-AIR MIXTURE INTRODUCED INTO THE COMBUSTOR. ELEVATED TEMPERATURES LOWER THE METHANE CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS FOR COMBUSTION, ALLOWING THE USE OF THE PROPOSED FUEL. METHANE EMISSIONS AT COAL MINES ARE A WASTE OF A NATURAL RESOURCE WHICH HAS DELETERIOUS EFFECTS ON THE ENVIRONMENT. U.S. UNDERGROUND MINES EMIT OVER 300 MMCF OF METHANE EACH DAY. THIS IS ENOUGH TO GENERATE OVER 1000 MW OF ELECTRIC POWER. THIS IS ALSO ENOUGH TO GENERATE AN IMPACT ON GLOBAL WARMING. RESEARCH BEING CARRIED OUT AT EPA'S AEERL INDICATES THAT COAL MINE METHANE EMISSIONS IS A SIGNIFICANT SOURCE OF ANTHROPOGENIC GREENHOUSE GASES. THE PROPOSED TECHNOLOGY WOULD PROVIDE AN EXCELLENT APPROACH TO MITIGATINGTHIS IMPACT.

Principal Investigator:


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Business Contact:

Dr. peet m. soot
PRESIDENT
5032976291
Small Business Information at Submission:

Northwest Fuel Development Inc
P O Box 25562 Portland, OR 97225

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No