GTI Partners With Yangquan To Develop Gasification Demonstration Plant In China

By Chemical Processing Staff

Jun 21, 2017

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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