Title: Integrated Gasification Fuel Cell Performance and Cost Assessment
Publication Number: DOE/NETL-2009/1361
Publication Date: 03/2009
Publication Type: Report/Publication
Contact: Chris Nichols
Program/Technology: Gasification
Fuel Cells
Author: Chris Nichols (NETL)
Kristin Gerdes (NETL)
Eric Grol (NETL)
Dale Keairns (SAIC)
Richard Newby (Booz Allen Hamilton)

An analysis of the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) from two integrated coal gasification fuel cell (IGFC) power plants that use solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology to convert syngas to electricity. Results show that the fuel cell system is more expensive than a combustion turbine but that expense is counterbalanced by the decrease in the unit cost of upstream equipment due to the higher IGFC system efficiency. Furthermore, the fuel cell platform offers nearly 100% CO2 capture.

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