SBIR Phase I: Feasibility of On-line Metalloid Recovery in Gasification Systems

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0232416
Agency Tracking Number: 0232416
Amount: $88,531.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
4300 Dartmouth Drive, Grand Forks, ND, 58203
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Margaret Laumb
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Research Institution
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.

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