Gas Technology Institute (GTI) and Yangquan Coal Industry Group sign an agreement to jointly develop an Industrial Demonstration Project for the R-GAS gasification process in China. The installation will reportedly be located at the largest coal-to-chemicals plant in Shanxi Province.
The R-GAS technology was operated at pilot-scale (18 tons per day) on sub-bituminous coal, bituminous coal, high ash fusion temperature anthracite coal and petroleum coke, all with excellent test results, according to GTI. The testing was conducted at GTI's pilot-scale facility located on an 18-acre campus right outside of Chicago, IL with more than 1,300 hours of hot fire testing achieved since commission of the pilot plant in December 2009.
The most recent long-duration testing was completed in December 2016 with a very high ash fusion temperature anthracite coal, which is predominant in China. The series of tests reportedly demonstrated the technology’s capability to achieve >99% carbon conversion even with this low rank coal.
"Yangquan is one of the largest coal producers in China. This technology offers a step-change improvement in efficiency and cost over current gasification technology and is uniquely capable of gasifying China's low-rank coal," notes Mr. Zhai Hong, chairman of Yangquan Group. "Coal is a leading energy choice in China, and finding the most cost effective and environmentally-friendly ways of using it will help to maintain its role as a vital contributor to our economy."
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