Babcock Power and ThermoEnergy agree to develop ’TIPS’ clean coal technology

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Based on pressurized oxy-fuel combustion technology, TIPS converts coal, natural gas, oil, and biomass into energy with near-zero air emissions. In addition, it captures CO2 in a pressurized form ready for sequestration or beneficial reuse such as enhanced oil recovery.

“The simplicity and efficiency of the TIPS approach offers a reliable and cost effective design for carbon-capture, near-zero emission power plants,” said Alex Fassbender, President of ThermoEnergy Power Systems. “With relatively few unit operations, TIPS enhances power plant reliability, while its process efficiency comes from recovering the latent heat of vaporization of produced and entrained water.”

“Adding a second reheat to the steam cycle efficiency, coupled with a simple, low-energy process to recover pipeline quality CO2 gives TIPS a competitive edge over other conversion technologies”, said Fassbender.

Babcock and ThermoEnergy engineers will begin work immediately to finalise the data needed to design, construct and operate a large-scale pilot plant at a host site.

Well, it appears to me that there is no major innovation in this, probably an incremental development in terms of increased efficiency of oxy-fuel combustion.


Coal Gasification

2 Responses to “Babcock Power and ThermoEnergy agree to develop ’TIPS’ clean coal technology”

  1. Curtis

    ” The novel pressurized oxy-fuel approach known at the ThermoEnergy Integrated Power System
    (TIPS) is a concept designed to produce energy (electricity, steam) and liquid CO2 from coal with near
    zero air emission of priority and toxic pollutants. The increased system pressure enables use of gas-toliquid
    steam-hydroscrubbing to collect and remove pollutants and recover latent heat from water
    entrained or produced in the combustion process.

    The pressurized oxy-fuel approach also enables CO2
    to be recovered as a pressurized liquid through direct condensation. Emerging improvements to
    oxygen separation technology will significantly improve the economics of oxy-fuel processes.

    Pressurized oxy-fuel technology addresses two major issues affecting the future use of the country’s
    coal resource. These are (1) economic capture of criteria and toxic pollutants (such as mercury) from
    the diverse power and steam generators needed, and (2) economic capture of CO2 from the larger
    power and steam generators used by utilities and large industrial facilities.

    Decades of research and
    billions of dollars have been invested in developing coal gasification as a means to address these issues
    via the Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) technology and this approach is taken as the
    base for comparison of the proposed oxy-fuel alternative, TIPS.

    In contrast to IGCC, TIPS requires
    fewer unit operations and can use proven oxygen sensor instrumentation for process control. It is
    intrinsically more reliable technology on which to base the nation’s coal-to-steam-and-power future. ”
    Quote unquote Alex G. Fassbender, P.E.
    ThermoEnergy Power Systems, LLC.

  2. Bruno Chester

    If my memory serves me right, these two companies joined forces in April 2008. The two companies are supposed to work together to further advance the ThermoEnergy Integrated Power System (“TIPS”) technology and develop subsystems and designs for pilot plant application.

    Their patented new technology is supposed to represent a totally new thermodynamic approach in power plant design. Based on high pressure oxy-fuel chemistry, TIPS, it is claimed to combine the combustion of carbonaceous fuels, including coal, oil, natural gas, municipal waste and biomass, into energy with near-zero air emissions and no smoke stack.
    Repeat, near zero air emissions and no smoke stack !
    In addition, it claims to effectively capture carbon dioxide (“CO2”) in clean, pressurized liquid form ready for sequestration or beneficial reuse, such as enhanced oil recovery.

    The TIPS technology promises to achieve greater fossil-fuel power plant thermal efficiency due to its novel and patented process design.

    Coupled with the recovery of pipeline quality liquid CO2, TIPS is expected to have an economic and environmental edge over competing carbon capture technologies.

    Everyones eagerly awaiting more news from them.

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