Development of Innovative Cooling Approaches for Robust Design

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-09ER85392
Agency Tracking Number: 90995
Amount: $99,971.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: 30 c
Solicitation Number: DE-PS02-08ER08-34
Small Business Information
1701 Military Trail, Suite 110, Jupiter, FL, 33458
DUNS: 048159342
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Downs
 (561) 427-6250
Business Contact
 Lloyd Mazer
Title: Mr.
Phone: (561) 427-6337
Research Institution
Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) power plants are attractive alternatives to current pulverized coal technologies in large-scale stationary applications. However, in order to meet target efficiencies greater than 50%, the inlet temperature may need to be raised to 1500ºC (2732 ºF) or higher. Therefore, this project will develop innovative cooling approaches for the hottest sections of the gas turbines. The approach will address the major deficiencies of current cooling systems: (1) the need to compress the coolant to the working pressure of the turbine, and (2) the fact that heat cannot be added to the coolant to provide useful work through expansion in the turbine. These deficiencies cause an efficiency debit to the turbine subsystem and overall power plant. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The innovative cooling approach should contribute to the durability and longevity of turbine components in IGCC systems, thereby increasing the efficiency of future power production facilities, and leading to reductions in both foreign oil imports and emissions from the combustion of carbon-based fuels.

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