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Reference Number DTI/CC/104
Title Development of a combustor strategy to cover a wide range of low calorific value fuels
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electric power conversion) 20%;
Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Coal, Coal combustion) 80%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Mr G (Greg ) Kelsall
No email address given
Alstom Power Ltd
Award Type 3
Funding Source DTI
Start Date 01 February 2000
End Date 01 January 2003
Duration 35 months
Total Grant Value £313,506
Industrial Sectors
Region West Midlands
Investigators Principal Investigator Mr G (Greg ) Kelsall , Alstom Power Ltd (99.998%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Cranfield University (0.001%)
Project Contact , Queen's University Belfast (0.001%)
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Objectives The main objectives of this project were to:
  • Compare the current low calorific value (LCV) diffusion flame combustion system design against a lean premix combustion system (based on the ALSTOM G30 design) and a catalytic combustion design approach.
  • Provide a recommendation on the way forward for the commercial exploitation of the LCV and medium calorific value (MCV) gas fuel market, particularly for biomass and underground coal gasification applications.
Abstract The project evaluated the relative merits of three different systems for burning low calorific value gas. These were a diffusion flame combustion system (current V rnamo/ARBRE build), a lean premix combustion system (based on the ALSTOM-Lincoln premium fuelled G30 design) and a catalytic combustion system. The evaluation was based on assembly and analysis of
  • The significant existing test data for the diffusion flame combustion system and bench-mark testing using a high pressure ri g at Cranfield niversity.
  • High pressure rig testing of the lean premix combustion system at Cranfield University.
  • Data on catalytic combustion from the open literature and from a previous Foresight Challenge funded project.
The scope of the high pressure testing was increased from that defined in the original proposal, to include medium calorific value (MCV) fuel gas testing of the diffusion flame combustor. This was introduced to assess the suitability of thecombus tor for underground coal gasification, as applicable to the proposed UK scenario (ie oxygen blown gasification at 600-1200m depth)
Publications DTI (2004) - Development Of A Gas Turbine Combustor Strategy For Gasification Cycles: Project Summary 355. DTI Cleaner Coal Technology Programme, URN 04/1036, UK (PDF 1288 KB)
Final Report (none)
Added to Database 01/01/07