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Design Optimization of Integrated Coal Gasification Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Systems

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Hossein Ghezel-Ayagh, James Walzak, Stephen Jolly, Dilip Patel

FuelCell Energy, Inc., Danbury, CT

David Stauffer

WorleyParsons Group, Inc., Reading, PA

Paper No. FuelCell2010-33191, pp. 293-303; 11 pages
  • ASME 2010 8th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology
  • ASME 2010 8th International Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology Conference: Volume 1
  • Brooklyn, New York, USA, June 14–16, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Advanced Energy Systems Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4404-5 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3875-4
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


Integrated Gasification Fuel Cell (IGFC) power plants incorporating solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are attractive alternatives to traditional pulverized coal-fired and Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) power plants. IGFC systems are projected to achieve electrical generation efficiencies greater than 50% based on high heating value of coal, while separating at least 90% of the carbon dioxide emissions for capture and environmentally secure storage. A comprehensive IGFC system design and optimization study is presented based on recent SOFC performance testing and technology advancements. Details of the system power island cost break-down are also presented, indicating the cost-competitiveness of IGFC systems relative to other coal-fueled power generation technologies. Comparisons of the projected IGFC system efficiency and water consumption are made to pulverized coal-fired and IGCC power plants.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



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