PLASMATRON IGNITION OF PULVERIZED COAL FOR UTILITY BOILERS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 14484
Amount: $49,588.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1991
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Busek Company Inc
19 Kearney Road, Needham, MA, 02194
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mr Robert De Saro
 Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
Phone: (617) 449-9254
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
IN THIS PROJECT, THE USE OF A PLASMATRON TO IGNITE PULVERIZED COAL (PC) FOR UTILITY BOILERS IS BEING EXPLORED. AIR IS PASSED THROUGH THE ARC OF THE PLASMATRON, CREATING A HIGH TEMPERATURE PLASMA (8,500 K) WITH HIGHLY REACTIVE OXYGEN RADICALS THAT EASILY COMBINE WITH AND IGNITE PULVERIZED COAL. PHASE I OF THIS PROJECT ADDRESSES THE TECHNICAL FEASIBILITY OF THE CONCEPT AND ALSO ALLOWS ASSESSMENT OF ITS MARKET ATTRACTIVENESS. IN PARTICULAR, THECOLD START IGNITION OF PC USING A PLASMATRON (THUS COMPLETELY AVOIDING THE USE OF PREMIUM FUELS) IS BEING EXPERIMENTALLY ASSESSED. IN ADDITION, THE COMBUSTION IMPROVEMENT AND PARTICULATE EMISSION REDUCTION BROUGHT ABOUTBY USE OF THE PLASMATRON IS BEING DETERMINED BY MEASURING THE CARBON BURNOUT; THE MARKETABILITY OF THE PLASMATRON IS BEING ASSESSED BASED ON THE EXPERIMENTAL TEST RESULTS AND A MARKET SURVEY; AND VARIOUS WAYS TO MEASURE THE ARC TEMPERATURE ARE BEING INVESTIGATED IN PREPARATION FOR THE PHASE II WORK, BECAUSE THIS MEASUREMENT SHEDS LIGHT ON THE DEGREE OF OXYGEN DISSOCIATION, WHICH IS CRITICAL FOR THE PC IGNITION PROCESS.

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