Gasification Systems - Gasifier Optimization and Plant Supporting Systems
Development of Prototype Commercial Gasifier Sensor
Gas Technology Institute
Project Number: FE0008350
Gas Technology Institute (GTI) is developing a reliable, practical, and cost effective means to monitor coal gasifier flame characteristics using an optical flame sensor. This project builds on GTI's sensor technology developed under the "Real Time Flame Monitoring of Gasifier Burner and Injectors" DE-FC26-02NT41585 and is focused on the sensor hardware modifications needed to; provide gasifier operators with real time temperature data, improve reliability of the sensor system. Long term (six months) testing will be performed to determine sensor accuracy and reliability. An evaluation will be performed to determine the commercial viability of the sensor system.
The effort to make ultra-clean gasification commercially competitive includes increasing the life of gasifier injectors (which feed fuel into the gasifier). As the injectors age and wear out, the flames they produce change. Monitoring these flames will allow plant operators to more accurately predict when they have to be changed, reducing gasifier maintenance costs.
|Conceptual Schematic of Sensor Installation on a Coal Gasifier.
Figure provided courtesy of Gas Technology Institute.