RESEARCH PAPERS: Gas Turbines: Coal, Biomass, and Alternative Fuels

Effect of Fuel Moisture Content on Biomass-IGCC Performance

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W. E. M. Hughes, E. D. Larson

Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 120(3), 455-459 (Jul 01, 1998) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2818166 History: Received February 17, 1997; Online November 19, 2007


The moisture level in biomass fuels potentially impacts efficiency in conversion to power. This paper examines the efficiency and net power output of a fluidized bed gasifier-combined cycle with flue gas drying for a range of as-received raw biomass moisture contents and levels of pregusification drying. Due to the lack of empirical data available, a modeling approach is used to simulate the effect of varying moisture content in the gasifier feed biomass. For a specified as-received biomass moisture content, drying prior to gasification increases overall efficiency, but the gains in efficiency decrease with increasing levels of drying. For a specified post-dryer gasifier feed moisture content, cycle efficiency and power output increase with decreasing as-received biomass moisture down to 30 percent, below which the change in cycle performance is negligible.

Copyright © 1998 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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