Design study of a 150kWth double loop circulating fluidized bed reactor system for chemical looping combustion with focus on industrial applicability and pressurization

A. Bischi, T. Langørgen, I. Saanum, J. Bakken, M. Seljeskog, M. Bysveen, J. X. Morin, O. Bolland

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Abstract

Nowadays the lab scale feasibility of the chemical looping combustion technology has been proved. This article deals with many of the design requirements that need to be fulfilled to make this technology applicable at industrial scale. A design for a 150kWth chemical looping combustion reactor system is proposed. In the base case it is supposed to work with gaseous fuels and inexpensive oxygen carriers derived from industrial by-products or natural minerals. More specifically the fuel will be methane and a manganese ore will be the basis for the oxygen carrier. It is a double loop circulating fluidized bed where both the air reactor and the fuel reactor are capable to work in the fast fluidization regime in order to increase the gas solids contact along the reactor body. High operational flexibility is aimed, in this way it will be possible to run with different fuels and oxygen carriers as well as different operating conditions such as variation in air excess. Compactness is a major goal in order to reduce the required solid material and possibly to enclose the reactor body into a pressurized vessel to investigate the chemical looping combustion under pressurized conditions. The mass and heat balance are described, as well as the hydrodynamic investigations performed. Most design solutions presented are taken from industrial standards as one main objective is to meet commercial requirements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)467-474
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control
Volume5
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Chemical looping combustion
  • CO capture
  • Double loop circulating fluidized bed
  • Industrial solution
  • Pressurization

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