Title: Advanced Sensors and Controls - Techno-Economic Analysis for Existing Coal Generating Units
Publication Number: NETL/DOE-342/030813
Publication Date: 05/2014
Publication Type: Report/Publication
Contact: Katrina Krulla
Program/Technology: Other
Author: Peter Kabatec Katrina Krulla (NETL) Paul Myles (WorleyParsons Group, Inc.) Jeffery A. Withum
Synopsis: NETL collected data from previous coal-fired power plant sensor and control projects and used this data to establish cost and performance ranges to determine the economic opportunity for future advanced senor and control retrofits. Unit-level economic analyses were performed on coal-fired power plants in the U.S. by calculating the net present value (NPV) of cash flows that occur after the installation of new advanced sensor and control technologies in 2020. The results indicate that all 863 coal-fired units in the U.S. would meet a 24-month payback criterion assuming that availability and heat rate would improve consistent with prior senor and control projects.
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