Recently, there has been a growing research interest in the co-gasification of biomass with coal to produce syngas and electricity in a sustainable manner. Co-gasification technology do not only decrease potentially the exploitation of a significant amount of conventional coal resources, and thus lower greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions, but also boost the overall gasification process efficiency. In the present work, a rigorous simulation model of an entrained flow gasifier is developed using the Aspen Plus® software environment. The proposed simulation model is tested for an American coal and the model validation is performed in good agreement with practical data. The feedstocks used in the proposed gasifier model are dry Egyptian coal and a blend of an Egyptian coal and rice straw that is gathered locally. The proposed gasifier model mainly consists of three reactors. The first one is a yield reactor where the coal pyrolysis occurs, the second reactor is a stoichiometric reactor where the gasification reactions arise, and the third reactor is a Gibbs reactor where the water-gas and steam-methane reforming reactions take place. The influence of using a feed mixture of 90 % coal and 10 % rice straw on the gasifier efficiency is investigated. The developed model provides a robust basis for revamping of an existing Egyptian natural gas-based power plant to replace its standard fuel with a coal-rice straw blend, in case of low natural gas supply. The model is further employed to assess different revamping scenarios and alternatives within the natural gas power plant. For a dry blend of (90 % Egyptian coal and 10 % rice straw), the cold gas efficiency is estimated as 85.7 %, while for dry Egyptian it is calculated as 79.61 %. The revamped Egyptian natural gas power plant decreases the total annualized cost (TAC) by 52.7 % with respect to a new constructed integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) plant. Besides, the payback period decreases to 1.24 y rather than 12 y in case of the construction of a new IGCC power plant.
Ali D. A., Gadalla M. A., Abdelaziz O. Y., Ashour F. H., 2016, Modelling of coal-biomass blends gasification and power plant revamp alternatives in egypt’s natural gas sector, Chemical Engineering Transactions, 52, 49-54 DOI:10.3303/CET1652009