Siemens wins nanotech research award from Illinois Clean Coal Institute

Erlangen, Germany, January 27, 2010 — Siemens Energy won an 18-month, $300,000 R&D program by the Illinois Clean Coal Institute to study the effects of coal and coal-derived syngas combustion on the behavior of material and coating degradation in utility boiler and gas turbine environments.

Focus areas of the research program will explore materials degradation modes in integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) systems and utility boilers. The program will evaluate super alloy and alternative coatings, including nanotechnology materials suitable for use in flue gas streams from the combustion of coal, syngas, high hydrogen fuels and from future oxy-fuel fired systems. ௿¼ ௿¼

The focus of the work is to address the key customer question: “For a given fuel specification and material system, what is the predicted life time under high temperature corrosive and erosive operating conditions?”

The 18-month research project, which started on January 1, 2010, will be performed by boiler and turbine engineers and advanced materials development engineers in Orlando, Florida, with support from research scientists at Siemens Corporate Technology in Munich, Germany.

The program goal is to design stable, durable advanced material systems for use in the aggressive environments associated with coal-fired boilers and gas turbines that operate on syngas or high hydrogen fuels.

“The program results will help lead to technical solutions for a gas turbine burning syngas to perform similarly to gas turbines fueled by natural gas in terms of efficiency, NOX emissions and reliability,” said Frank Bevc, Director, Technology Policy and Research Programs at Siemens Energy, Inc. “The project contributes to minimizing the technical and commercial risks of converting the next generation of IGCC plants, including carbon capture systems, to make them greenhouse gas “capture-ready,” added Bevc.

 “Advances in power generation place more stringent requirements on materials of construction,” said the Director of the Illinois Clean Coal Institute, Dr. Francois Botha. “Siemens’ history of R&D in this area makes them suitable to investigate materials issues for the 21st century.”

Technologies for clean coal are part of Siemens’ Environmental Portfolio. In fiscal 2009, revenue from the Portfolio totaled about EUR23 billion, making Siemens the world’s largest supplier of environmentally friendly technologies.

In the same period, the company’s products and solutions enabled customers to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by 210 million tons. This amount equals the combined annual carbon emissions of New York, Tokyo, London and Berlin.



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