Oxy-Fuel Combustion Network
A network which aims to provide an international forum for organisations with an interest in the development of Oxy-Fuel Combustion Technology.
This network is organised in recognition of the different efforts by the industry to demonstrate the techno-economic feasibility of this technology as a carbon capture option for a power plant in the near future. Currently, two large demonstration plant studies at a scale of about 30MW have been planned in Germany (Greenhouse Gas Issue #78) and Australia with the plan to start up each plant within a two to three year period.
The International Network has been established as a project under the IEAGHG Implementing Agreement.
Carbon dioxide capture and storage is now included in most OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries' energy policies and R&D programmes as a potential contributor to carbon dioxide mitigation strategies. One of the key technologies considered for carbon capture is Oxy-Fuel Combustion. For the power generation industry, Oxy-Coal Combustion with Recycled Flue Gas has been strongly considered for power plant retrofits and newly built plants.
Research & Development
It has been about 20 years since the first study by Argonne National Laboratory and Energy & Environment Research Corporation (now part of GE) on Oxy-Coal Combustion with Recycled Flue Gas. The study began with a view of producing CO2 from a power plant for use in enhanced oil recovery.
During the beginning of the 1990s, the impetus of reducing greenhouse gas started. This led to studies in Europe, Japan and Canada of this type of combustion process for the consideration of carbon capture. Most of these studies focused on retrofitting the existing fleet of power plant. Some of the studies have included:
Interests in Oxy-Fuel Combustion have continued to grow, with work having been undertaken in Europe, Australia, Japan, USA, Canada and South Korea.
Considerations are currently being made for a large scale demonstration plant. Vattenfall has announced an investment of €40 million to build a 30MW Pilot Plant in Schwarze Pumpe Power Station.
The Callide A Project, which is an Australian-Japanese initiative, has initiated a feasibility study of retrofitting a 30MW power plant in preparation for a demonstration study.It is already clear that current R&D efforts are aimed towards gaining the experience to build confidence in the operation and commercialisation of this technology.
This network is envisioned to be a task sharing activity with participants bearing their own costs.
Meeting and Summary Reports
Summary reports from previous Network workshops are available, together with information on the next workshop.
Membership of this network is open to countries and industries actively engaged in practical research on Oxy-Fuel Combustion, or seeking ways to promote such activities.
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