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Topic Area 1: Hydrogen Turbines for

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005
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  • Original Grant - Apr 4, 2005
Applications Due:

May 13, 2005

total funding: Not Available
max award: $100,000,000
min award: $0
cost sharing, matching: Yes
number of awards: Not Available
type of funding: Cooperative Agreement

Topic Area 1: Hydrogen Turbines for FutureGen

Applications are solicited that apply and advance state-of-the-art (SOTA)
large frame natural gas fueled turbine technology to produce turbines
designed specifically for hydrogen fuels. Applications should show that
large-frame machines (nominal 300 MW combined cycle size) would be
available for a commercial offering in a 2015 time frame. The performance
goals for this hydrogen fueled machine include: 1) capability of
integration with coal based IGCC power plants that are ready for carbon
dioxide (CO2) sequestration, 2) fuel flexibility for operation on 100%
hydrogen and conventional coal derived synthesis gas), 3) emissions of
oxides of nitrogen at less than 3 ppm (at 15 % oxygen), and 4) combined
cycle efficiency equivalent to that of the SOTA machine fueled with natural
gas. Any exceptions or deviations from these goals should be clearly
explained and justified.

The DOE goal is advanced coal based power systems with efficiencies in the
45 - 50 % (HHV) range that cost less than $1000 /kW, and that are ready for
commercial deployment by 2010. The DOE FE Turbine Program plans to
contribute to this efficiency goal by demonstrating, by 2010, a 2 - 3
percentage point increase in combined cycle efficiency when compared to the
current combined cycle efficiency for large frame machines fueled with coal
derived syngas. Applications must address how new turbine subsystems,
components, or technology could be tested or validated by 2010 to
demonstrate incremental performance improvements towards this efficiency
goal in a coal-based IGCC power plant application. The turbine development
program should culminate in 2015 with a machine, designed for hydrogen and
coal derived syngas fuels that can attain the equivalent efficiency
realized in current F-frame or G-frame machines when fueled with natural
gas fuels. It is anticipated that by 2015 this efficiency improvement will
amount to 3 - 5 percentage points increase in combined cycle efficiency
when compared to the current combined cycle efficiencies for large frame
machines when fueled with coal derived syngas. Additionally, successful
applicants will show in a preliminary test plan how their advanced
subsystems, components or technology could be tested and validated at the
DOE's FutureGen project during the 2012 - 2015 operation and test phase.
Applications should clearly address the ability to attain these goals.

To facilitate the 10-year development timeline and to minimize cost, it is
anticipated that successful applicants will use exiting components of SOTA
machines (rotors, compressors and ancillary sub-systems) to the extent
possible, including component redesign to optimize combustion and maximize
work extraction with hydrogen-based fuels. Deviation to this suggested
approach will be accepted but must be justified.

Higher risk advanced turbine concepts that minimize emissions or increase
efficiency and power output can be proposed in this topic area. However it
is required that the applicant propose, plan, and cost these alternate
advanced concepts as options and parallel efforts to the main program. It
is requested that work to fully integrate the air separation unit with the
turbine compressor be addressed and presented as one of the advanced
concepts to be investigated. Alternate advanced concepts that are
investigated as parallel efforts in Phase I and Phase II will be considered
for addition to the main program in Phase III.

DOE recognizes the intrinsic conflict, in certain cases, between attaining
goals for efficiency, emissions and cost. It is also acknowledged that
there are various ways to attain DOE goals for overall system performance.
A relevant example of this conflict is the dilemma between NOx prevention,
NOx control and higher efficiency. Other conflicts can exist between
efficiency and capital cost. Applicants should demonstrate in the
application how these conflicts and trade-offs will be managed to develop
an advanced turbine for a coal based system that best meets DOE's overall
goals stated above.

Application Development and Project Implementation

Applications in Topic Area 1 must include a phased approach showing a
logical organization of work and that allows for "go" and "no-go" decisions
at the conclusion of each phase. The following phases are required: Phase
I-Conceptual Design and R and D Implementation Plan: Concept to Commercial
Deployment -- Phase II-Detailed Design and Validation Test Program -- and
Phase III-System Fabrication and Testing. It is expected that applications
will have more details regarding Phase I work. Since Phases II and III are
contingent on Phase I results specific details are not expected. However
Phases II and III must provide an anticipated scope, level of effort, and
approach. The R and D Implementation Plan, a major deliverable of Phase I,
will provide the basis for negotiating and authorizing Phase II work and
anticipating the magnitude of the Phase III effort. Offers are encouraged
to read the section of the solicitation entitled "General Guidance for
Preparing the Research and Development Implementation Plan".

Technologies that are developed beyond the conceptual phase may be
submitted as Phase II and Phase III applications. Technologies that are
already developed beyond the detailed design phase may be submitted as
Phase III applications. It is anticipated that work subsequent to Phase
III, such as full-scale, pre-commercial testing, could be supported through
other competitive initiatives.

It is expected that in this Topic Area Phase I efforts will be between 1
and 3 years, Phase II efforts will be between 2 and 4 years, and Phase III
efforts will be between 2 and 4 years. These periods of performance are
intended to be consistent with the goal of providing a commercial offering
in the 2015 time frame.

Who can apply:


Eligible functional categories:
Funding Sources:

Fossil Energy Research and Development

More Information:

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U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology
Laboratory, 3610 Collins Ferry Road (MS-I07) P.O. Box 880 Morgantown, WV

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