Combustion system for clean coal power generation to be tested

ThermoEnergy Corp., a diversified technologies company engaged in the development and sales of wastewater recovery and power generation technologies, announced that it has signed a $900,000 contract with Unity Power Alliance (UPA) to build a bench-scale “flameless” combustion system that will be used to test and optimize UPA’s pressurized oxy-combustion technology for clean coal power generation.

UPA, a joint venture between ThermoEnergy Corp. and ITEA S.p.A., recently received a $1 million Phase 1 award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to help fund the project under a special DOE program to advance technologies for clean coal power and carbon capture. After Phase 1 is completed, it is anticipated that a much larger Phase 2 will occur, with Doe awards in the $10 to $20 million range applied toward the construction of a pilot-scale plant.

Construction on the bench-scale is set to begin in laste 2012 at ThermEnergy’s manufacturing facility in Worcester, Mass. Fabrication and assembly is expected to be completed in early 2013. Testing will take place at the Carbon Neutral Energy Solutions laboratory at Georgia Technological University, and will be based on techno-economic models provided by MIT.

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