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Advanced Technology Biomass-Fueled Combined Cycle

[+] Author Affiliations
D. S. Liscinsky, J. J. Sangiovanni

United Technologies Research Center, East Hartford, CT

R. L. Robson

KraftWork Systems, Inc.

R. S. Tuthill

Pratt & Whitney Power Systems

A. G. Foyt

Connecticut Resource Recovery Authority

M. Swanson

University of North Dakota

Paper No. GT2003-38295, pp. 219-225; 7 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2003, collocated with the 2003 International Joint Power Generation Conference
  • Volume 1: Turbo Expo 2003
  • Atlanta, Georgia, USA, June 16–19, 2003
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3684-3 | eISBN: 0-7918-3671-1
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME


Under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Energy/National Energy Technology Laboratory, a multidisciplinary team led by the United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) has identified a high performance biomass gasification/combined cycle system using Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) as the major fuel resource. The system consists of fuel receiving/preparation/feed, advanced transport gasifier, high temperature gas cleanup and Pratt & Whitney Power Systems FT8 aero-derivative gas turbine with heat recovery steam generator and steam turbine. One of the team members, Connecticut Resource Recovery Agency (CRRA), currently processes approximately 2200 tons/day of municipal solid waste and delivers 1825 tons/day of RDF “across the fence” to a nominal 65 MWe steam plant. Based on the characteristics of the RDF from this plant, an 80 MWe combined cycle system having an estimated efficiency of 45% (RDF in/kW out) was identified. Other advanced cycle variations had even greater performance potential. The resulting cost of electricity for the biomass integrated gasification combined cycle (BIGCC) is competitive with that of natural gas fueled combined cycles, and the plant is projected to meet or exceed all environmental requirements.

Copyright © 2003 by ASME
Topics: Biomass , Cycles



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