treated. The value that the post-regulated power market puts on efficiency, as measured by acceptable capital cost for better performing plants, will be assessed. Adjustments of program emphasis may be made after the market study results are reviewed. FY01-FY02, FY08-FY09

Players: industry (e.g., market research firms), FETC, FE-HQ


  • Complete market analyses (FY01, FY08)

  • Complete review of program emphasis in light of market study results (FY02, FY09)

b. Process Definition

1. Define high-performance systems and key components. Solicitations will be issued in FY99 and FY06 to tap into industry's best ideas for high-efficiency, high-environmental performance Vision 21 systems for natural gas, coal, and other solid fuels such as biomass, petroleum coke, and municipal and industrial wastes. Contractors will describe their power systems and use computer models to estimate system performance predicated on assumed performance of one or more subsystems or key components that are not yet commercial, but are in development. Contractors will select the subsystems and components that need further development and develop R&D objectives to bring these subsystems and components to commercial readiness. FY99-FY03 FY06-FY10

Players: industry, national labs, universities, FETC


  • Issue solicitations (FY99, FY06)

  • Select subsystems and components to be further developed (FY01, FY08)

  • Complete process definition reports (FY03, FY10)

c. Process Evaluation

1. Assess state-of-art of Vision 21 systems. At five-year intervals a formal assessment will be conducted of current and near-term capabilities for building Vision 21 systems. Desired efficiency and pollutant emission targets will be specified. Output from the systems integration program element (IV) will be factored into the evaluation in order to help judge the potential reliability, availability, and maintainability of Vision 21 plants. Increasing the simplicity of system configurations will be a goal, i.e., preference will be given to simpler configurations with comparable performance to more complex configurations. FY04, FY09, FY14.

Players: industry, national labs, universities, FETC


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