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A Technology to Mitigate Syngas Cooler Fouling

Award Information

Department of Energy
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
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Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
25 c
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Small Business Information
Reaction Engineering International
746 East Winchester Street Murray, UT 84107
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: A Technology to Mitigate Syngas Cooler Fouling
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-10ER85775
Award Amount: $1,000,000.00


Coal gasification plants have exhibited sub-par performance and plant economics due to poor reliability and availability. A major contributor to the poor performance has been fouling of the syngas cooler located downstream of the gasifier. The fouling is due to vaporized ash from the coal gasification process depositing on the fireside surface of the tubes in the fire tube heat exchanger used for convective syngas cooling. At present the understanding of the fouling mechanism for coal gasification is not adequately understood for equipment vendors to develop a solution. In this project we will develop a soot blowing technology tailored to the coal gasification conditions that exist in the convective syngas cooler used at coal gasification plants. The new soot blower design will be based on an improved understanding of the relevant governing mechanisms for fouling developed in this project. The new soot blower technology will be designed to have the option to be combined with anti-fouling coatings that could be applied to heat exchanger surfaces in the syngas cooler. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: The target application for the soot blower technology developed in this project is coal gasification plants producing syngas for use in power generation, refinery and chemical production applications. If successful, the soot blower technology will improve the reliability and availability of coal gasification plants, reducing the US dependence on foreign energy sources and reduce green house gas emissions.

Principal Investigator:

Michael J. Bockelie

Business Contact:

Bradley R. Adams
Small Business Information at Submission:

Reaction Engineering International
77 West 200 South Suite 210 Salt Lake City, UT 84101-3601

EIN/Tax ID: 870474621
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No