Coal will remain a major fuel for electricity generation worldwide for at least several decades. To reduce the impact of climate change, the power generation industry will be increasingly required to reduce its CO2 emissions, and, in the longer term, must move to near-zero emission through carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies.
Oxyfuel combustion is a CCS technology where fuel is fired with oxygen instead of air. The flue gases then largely consist of CO2 and water vapour so that CO2 purification is readily achieved.
The RELCOM project is designed to undertake a series of applied research, development and demonstration activities involving both experimental studies and modelling work to enable full-scale early demonstration oxyfuel plant to be designed and specified with greater confidence as well as providing improved assessment of the commercial risks and opportunities.
RELCOM – “Reliable and Efficient Combustion of Oxygen/Coal/Recycled Flue Gas Mixtures” is funded by the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme and is being undertaken by a consortium of higher education institutions, research centres and industrial partners bringing together the best in research facilities and technology development expertise.
The key tasks within the project are -
• Underpinning technology investigation including: fuel and combustion characterisation; flame radiation and explosion characteristics; high temperature gas-side corrosion; flue gas clean-up; and mercury emissions in oxy/coal/recycled flue gas.
• CFD simulation and validation to develop improved burner designs, flame stability assessment and scaling rules.
• Pilot-scale burner trials for assessment of novel burner designs and development of combustion monitoring and control systems.
• Medium-scale burner testing using pilot scale results and scaling criteria developed within the project.
• Detailed engineering analysis of retrofit and new-build case studies utilising the fundamental data and modelling tools developed within the project.
• Dissemination and technology transfer of findings to project stakeholders.
The project commenced in November 2011 and has a duration of 4 years.
This website serves as an information repository and communications hub for RELCOM PARTNERS. Its purpose is also to communicate the existence of the project to the international power generation community and to stakeholders in applied combustion research and manufacturing as well as environmental groups worldwide. Project findings will be published in the PROGRESS area of the site and also through open meetings and other events which will be advertised on the home page and recorded in the CALENDAR.
To make contact with a representative of one of the Partner organizations, please refer to the CONTACTS page.