Hybrid Atmospheric Fluidized Bed Gasifier for High Methane Content Syngas

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,999.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-09ER85532
Agency Tracking Number:
90931
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Touchstone Research Laboratory, Ltd.
The Millennium Centre, 1142 Middle Creek Road, Triadelphia, WV, 26059
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
101582922
Principal Investigator:
Drew Spradling
Mr.
(304) 547-5800
dms@trl.com
Business Contact:
Brian Joseph
Mr.
(304) 547-5800
bej@trl.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Many of the coal gasification technologies that exist today produce a low-methane content syngas that is high in carbon monoxide and hydrogen. New gasifier designs are needed to produce a high-methane-content syngas that can be more easily utilized by industrial users, upgraded to synthetic natural gas (SNG) for pipeline transport, or economically utilized by utility-scale fuel cells. This project will develop a coal gasification technology based on the utilization of a hybrid atmospheric fluidized bed gasifier/combustor configuration. By using syngas and steam as the fluidizing and gasifying medium and by heating the gasifier indirectly, a significant (>30%) content of methane will be produced in the syngas. In Phase I, a proof-of-concept-scale, atmospheric fluidized bed gasifier will be built and tested on coal. In Phase II, a larger unit will be constructed, and the transfer of the fluidizing medium between two fluidized bed reactors will be demonstrated. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The technology should be applicable to the industrial gasification, mine-mouth SNG, and power-generation industries. If the technology were used to replace natural gas in industrial manufacturing operations in industries such as steel, U.S.-based manufacturers might be prevented from relocating to energy-producing countries.

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