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Project Status: complete

Title: Low emission gas turbine combustor field demonstration. Final report.

Principal Investigator / Author(s): Anson, Orris

Contractor: Catalytica Combustion

Contract Number: 96-337

Research Program Area: Emissions Monitoring & Control

Topic Areas: ICAT Grants / Technology, Stationary Sources


A catalytic combustion system design and development program has been successfully completed with the first gas turbine field demonstration with an ultra low emission catalytic combustion system. The program was initially intended to provide a retrofit catalytic combustion system for a Pratt & Whitney FT4 gas turbine. A parallel development program for the Kawasaki M1A-13A gas turbine used the same combustor with little modification. Reevaluation of the two programs led to the conclusion that a field demonstration with a single combustor on the M1A-13A gas turbine had a greater probability of success. The FT4 program was put on hold until the field demonstration with the M1A-13A gas turbine was complete. The testing demonstrated that the combustion system was capable of operating over a range of power levels with NOx emissions less than 3 ppm and CO emissions at less than 10 ppm. It also showed that a catalytic combustion system could operate under the conditions imposed by the utility grid. The next step in system development beyond CARB participation is completion of an 8000 hour RAMD (Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, Durability) test to demonstrate catalyst durability. Commercialization will follow RAMD testing.


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