During the recent 2015 US-China Clean Coal Industry Forum in Billings, Montana, Gas Technology Institute (GTI) and Yangquan Coal Industry (Group) Co. Ltd. signed a collaboration agreement in which the two entities will work toward finalizing a contract to design, build, and operate a large-scale coal gasification demonstration project incorporating advanced gasifier technology.
This technology offers a step-change improvement in efficiency and cost over current gasification technology and is uniquely capable of gasifying the low-rank, high ash-fusion temperature coal that is prevalent in China.
GTI has worked closely with Aerojet Rocketdyne (AR), hosting the development of AR’s compact gasifier for coal and natural gas conversion since 2009. Earlier this year, GTI tested Yangquan’s coals in the pilot-scale gasifier. GTI acquired the assets of AR’s energy systems portfolio in early July when AR exited the terrestrial energy business to refocus efforts on its core aerospace business.
David Carroll, GTI president and CEO, commented that GTI is “addressing major coal challenges—developing new, clean uses of coal through advanced gasification technology and carbon capture and management.”
“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,” noted Yan Wenquan, vice general manager of Yangquan. “We own and operate many coal gasification plants and are actively expanding our coal chemical business, seeking to enable full utilization of our resources. Working with GTI to implement an industrial demonstration of the advanced gasifier they have acquired from AR can help to drive down technology risk and expand the market for cleaner energy systems.”