Title Oxygen production routes assessment for oxy-fuel combustion
Authors GARCÍA LUNA, SEBASTIAN, ORTIZ DOMÍNGUEZ, CARLOS, Carro A. , Chacartegui R. , Pérez-Maqueda L.A.
External publication No
Means Energy
Scope Article
Nature Científica
JCR Quartile 1
SJR Quartile 1
JCR Impact 9.00000
SJR Impact 1.98900
Web https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85131130626&doi=10.1016%2fj.energy.2022.124303&partnerID=40&md5=fecadc23e93e22e304bc447d5cd358c1
Publication date 01/09/2022
ISI 000808087000007
Scopus Id 2-s2.0-85131130626
DOI 10.1016/j.energy.2022.124303
Abstract Oxyfuel combustion is a promising alternative to decarbonize the power sector. However, the main barrier to commercial deployment of the technology is the high energy consumption associated with oxygen production (~200–300 kWh per ton of O2), which penalizes the thermal-to-electric efficiency of 8.5–12% compared to traditional air combustion plants. Typically, oxygen is obtained from a cryogenic air separation process. However, other technologies have been gaining momentum in recent years, such as membrane technologies, chemical looping air separation, and renewable-driven electrolysis. The present work evaluates all these options for O2 production to retrofit a 550 MWe coal-fired power plant with oxyfuel combustion. A techno-economic assessment is carried out to estimate the energy penalty, the O2 production cost (€/ton) and the Levelized Cost of Electricity. The best results are obtained by combining oxygen transport membranes and electrolysis since the energy consumption has been reduced to 98.56 kWh/ton of O2, decreasing by 59.31% the cryogenic distillation energy consumption (242.24 kWh/ton O2), reducing the overall energy penalty compared to cryogenic air separation from 8.88% points to 7.56%points. The oxygen transport membrane presents the lowest cost of electricity in retrofitting cases, 51.48 $/MWh, while cryogenic distillation estimated cost is 52.7 $/MWh. Their costs of avoided CO2 are 31.79 $/ton CO2 and 34.15 $/ton CO2 respectively. © 2022 Elsevier Ltd
Keywords Coal; Coal combustion; Coal fired power plant; Cost benefit analysis; Cost estimating; Cryogenics; Distillation; Electrolysis; Energy utilization; Fossil fuel power plants; Membrane technology; Oxygen
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