Feasibility study of CO2 removal from pressurized flue gas in a fully fired combined cycle: the Sargas project
2005 (English)In: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy Systems, ECOS, 2005, 703-710 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
In this article a novel concept for CO2 removal from power plants is discussed from a systems perspective. The main advantage of the process is that the investment cost and the power penalty for CO2 removal can be substantially reduced compared to conventional combined cycles. The proposed technical solution comprises fully fired combined cycle, which minimizes the amount of flue gas. Furthermore, the CO2 absorption is performed at pressurized conditions prior to the expansion, which further enhances the CO2 removal. The modification of the power cycle and integration of absorption stages makes CO2 removal equipment much more compact and allows the use Of CO2 absorbents with lower heat demand for the regeneration. The partial pressure of CO2 is above atmospheric pressure and removal efficiencies above 95% can be obtained with potassium carbonate absorption (the Benfield process). The treated flue gas is then reheated and re-humidified before the expansion in the gas turbine.
A Norwegian consortium has developed the concept and feasibility studies have been performed for 100 MW and 400 MW power plants based on natural gas in Norway. The produced carbon dioxide is intended for storage in the Norwegian oil and gas fields in order to enhance the oil recovery. The suggested localizations of the power plants have been chosen accordingly. The design study is based on the same gas turbine and steam cycle as used in the commercial Pressurized Fluidized Bed Combustion (PFBC) cycle. PFBC plants are presently fired with coal but the fluid bed combustor for coal will be replaced by a gas combustor if natural gas is used. A key advantage is that the process can be built solely from commercially available components.
This report is an assessment of the features, capabilities, advantages and future possibilities of the suggested power cycle with integrated CO2 removal. A power plant for 100 MW power output and based on natural gas is considered suitable as a first demonstration plant to be built in Hammerfest, Norway. A permit application has been turned in. For such a demonstration plant the process simulations have indicated that an efficiency of about 40% can be obtained, including the penalties from CO2 capture and compression. Further improvements, e.g. supercritical steam cycle or more advanced gas turbine increases the efficiency and for a 400 MW power cycle a net efficiency of about 44-48% has been simulated (including CO2 capture and compression). The cycle may also be suitable for CO2 removal from coal-fired plants.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. 703-710 p.
CO2 capture; CO2 removal; CO2 storage; enhanced oil recovery; power plant; demonstration plant; Norway
National CategoryChemical Process Engineering
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-10976ISI: 000232156000087OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-10976DiVA: diva2:233597
QC 201007272009-09-012009-09-012010-12-03Bibliographically approved