News Release

Release Date: July 09, 2014

From Lab to Market—Improving Gasification Economics for Power and Chemicals Production

Gasification—the process of converting carbon-based materials such as coal into syngas, which can then be used to produce electricity, chemicals, and other products—is a promising pathway to reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil and provide a clean, carbon capture–ready source of energy. But gasification is a high-temperature, high-pressure process, so it can take a heavy toll on components and parts, costing operators considerable time and money.

In response to the need for materials that can stand up to the harsh environment within gasifiers, NETL developed a new refractory material—a substance that retains its strength at high temperature—that can be used to line their interiors. The NETL-developed refractory lasts more than 50 percent longer than conventional refractories and reduces or eliminates structural spalling—a major source of wear and tear in gasifiers. Licensed to Harbison-Walker Refractories in 2007 and marketed as Aurex 95P™, the material has been recognized as the most significant advancement in gasifier refractory linings in more than 25 years.

Watch the video above to find out more about how this technology moved from laboratory to market and became an industry standard.

This month, NETL and other Energy Department national laboratories are showcasing ways in which technology transfer, industry partnerships, and demonstration projects ensure that public investments in science and technology have a life beyond the lab. For more information, please visit the Energy Department’s national lab webpage.