Optimisation of pre-combustion capture for IGCC with a focus on the water balance

Trent Harkin, Andrew Hoadley, Barry Hooper

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Multi-objective optimisation is applied to the simulation of an IGCC power station with solvent based CCS technology. An Aspen Plus® model of the IGCC power station including CCS is interfaced with an Excel based genetic algorithm to optimise the process. The process is optimised with respect to capital cost and energy efficiency for a range of operating conditions of the solvent plant. This work is based on an air-blown gasification process consuming pre-dried lignite, it uses pinch analysis to design a HRSG for the IGCC power station with CCS to determine the power produced by the power station as well as estimating the additional capital costs due to the CCS equipment. The genetic algorithm then determines a range of non-dominated solutions by systematically adjusting the range of variables studied. Multiple-Objective Optimisation enables the decision makers to see a range of non-dominated options for multiple objectives. This can help to identify an appropriate technology or an operating regime for an individual technology that best suits the projects multiple objectives. In this example the gas temperature into the solvent absorber should be around 130 °C, the regenerator pressure should be around 2 bara and the lean solvent loading between 0.37 and 0.42 to maximise the net power output.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication10th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies
Subtitle of host publication19-23 September, 2010, Amsterdam, Netherlands
EditorsJohn Gale, Chris Hendriks, Wim Turkenberg
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventInternational Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT) 2010 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 19 Sep 201023 Sep 2010
Conference number: 10th
https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/energy-procedia/vol/4/suppl/C (Proceedings)

Publication series

NameEnergy Procedia
PublisherElsevier BV
ISSN (Electronic)1876-6102


ConferenceInternational Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT) 2010
Abbreviated titleGHGT 2010
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  • CCS
  • Heat integration
  • IGCC
  • Optimisation
  • Precombustion

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