gas turbine and a direct-fired diesel engine. The program is aimed at burning coal-water slurry fuels in a combustion turbine by using a sufficiently clean fuel or modifying the turbine. The program is intended to develop modified diesel engines to burn coal-water slurry fuels. Both programs were completed in 1993 and are not part of ongoing DOE activities.

Technical Issues, Risks, and Opportunities

Central station power generation technology using pulverized coal is commercially mature and widely implemented in industrialized countries around the world. The large base of existing capacity and expertise provides a strong incentive to seek environmental, efficiency, and cost improvements by enhancing pulverized coal technology.

DOE's program goals for the LEBS system offer thermal and environmental performance goals comparable to the capabilities of state-of-the-art pulverized coal technology today (see Chapter 3), while EFCC and HIPPS offer a potential for significantly higher efficiencies. However, numerous technical challenges must be overcome if the program's environmental and efficiency goals for EFCC and HIPPS are to be met simultaneously with the cost goals, especially for the higher-efficiency systems. Some of the major technical challenges, well recognized by DOE, include development of key system components, notably a specialized ceramic heat exchanger for EFCC, a high-temperature advanced furnace for HIPPS, and reliable low-emission slagging combustor technology.

An example of the technical challenges facing DOE is illustrated by the heat exchanger requirements for the EFCC system. Experimental studies in the 1940s on open-cycle, indirectly fired gas turbines using metallic heat exchangers did not allow sufficiently high turbine inlet temperatures for economic power production (Orozco, 1993). The use of ceramic materials may permit higher operating temperatures and resulting system efficiencies, but significant materials technology development is still required to achieve the performance targets projected in Table 7-1. The exit air temperature from current ceramic heat exchangers is limited by materials constraints (see Chapter 9) to approximately 1100 °C (2000 °F), significantly below the inlet temperatures of 1290 °C (2350 °F) for state-of-the-art turbines, or 1370 °C to 1425 °C (2500 °F to 2600 °F) for advanced turbines. If development of a high-temperature, high-pressure ceramic heat exchanger proves not to be feasible either technically or economically, a compromise solution may be considered where natural gas is used to reach a high turbine inlet temperature. In one scoping design study (Bannister et al., 1993) the heat supplied from natural gas was on the order of 30 to 40 percent of the heat supplied by coal for a ceramic heat exchanger limited to an operating temperature of 1100 °C (2000 °F) or less.

In addition to these specific technical challenges, the DOE program emphasizes a ''unified approach," "synergies," and integration of components and sub-



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