Conference Dates

May 22-27, 2016


The awareness of the climate changes has resulted in the development of new technologies allowing to increase the effectiveness and to lower the costs of CO2 separation from the flue gas. One of the most promised combustion technology of fossil fuels is Chemical Looping Combustion (CLC). The technology is considered to be one of the cheapest techniques for CO2 capture (1). Since it is still an emerging technology and the complexity of processes are still not sufficiently recognized, the development of a simple model of CLC equipment is of practical significance.

The paper presents a 1.5D model of the laboratory-scale fluidized bed CLC equipment for Innovative Idea for Combustion of Solid Fuels via Chemical Looping Technology – NewLoop. The idea combines two technologies making them complementary: Chemical looping with Oxygen Uncoupling (CLOU) and In-situ Gasification Chemical Looping (iG-CLC). Experimental studies, calculations and model validation were performed for the CLC unit (Fig. 1). The unit constitutes two cycles: the main cycle and internal cycle with Air Reactor (AR) and Fuel Reactor (FR). Smooth glass microspheres with the Sauter mean diameter of particles of 141 µm and the density of 2450 kg/m3 were used during the investigation. Since the model is in the development stage the study was conducted for the cold tests at which the unit operated stably and smoothly. The model is performed by the use of Comprehensive Simulator of Fluidized and Moving Bed equipment (CeSFaMB). The CeSFaMB has its first successful version completed in 1987. Since then, various versions have been developed and validated for a wide range of cases (2). The first operational results with this CLC unit, i.e. fluidization dynamics are discussed, since the geometry of the system is rather complex. Pressure drops, void fractions, bubble diameter and rising velocity are determined. The results show good agreement between calculated and experimental parameters. On the matter of fluidization dynamics, CeSFaMB produces the parameters as function of vertical coordinate. As an example, the void fractions as well as bubble diameter and rising velocity in the dense region of the Air Reactor are illustrated in Fig 2.

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