PITA Fiscal Year 2008 Projects - Product and Process Design and Optimization

Gasification Assessment and Modeling

Principal Investigators: B. Erik Ydstie, Sridhar Seetharaman

Gasification is an important process for both energy security and environmental progress. Furthermore, gasification systems can capture CO2 at a large scale. Emerging and new gasification systems may offer greater cost reductions and higher reliability than current systems. Importantly, these gasifers can handle a range of feed stocks from coal, waste coal, residues, biomass, as well as combinations thereof. A survey of these emerging gasifiers will form the basis of a technical evaluation. A part of the evaluation will be high level modeling of gasification (in particular biomass) which will help to assess overall process conditions and end products.