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UND Engineering Selected for Advanced Turbine Research

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The School of Engineering and Mines is one of seven universities selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to conduct advanced turbine technology studies under the Office of Fossil Energy’s University Turbine Systems Research Program.
The grant award of $500,000 will support research which will investigate the technology needed for the clean and efficient operation of turbines using coal-derived synthesis gas (syngas) and high hydrogen-content (HHC) fuels. This technology is crucial to developing advanced coal-based power generation processes, such as integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC), and eventually deploying IGCC power plants that capture and sequester carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas.
UND’s part of this research program, supervised by Forrest Ames, associate dean for academic affairs and professor of mechanical engineering, will study the tools and technologies needed for surface cooling in syngas environments.
“This project teams UND and Ohio State University researchers in a three year program which studies the adverse effects of the build-up of ash deposits from syngas fuels on turbine component cooling methods,” Ames said. “This research is important because it will develop cooling methods which will reduce the impact of deposition on gas turbine life and efficiency.”
Currently, gas turbines fired by natural gas, combined with steam turbines powered by the waste heat of gas turbines, generate about 20 percent of the electricity in the US. DOE expects that existing coal-fired steam plants will be replaced with IGCC plants, which provide a more cost-effective means to sequester carbon dioxide. Currently, coal-fired steam plants produce about 50 percent of the electricity in the United States.
The UTSR program uses university research to advance fundamental turbine technology development, support industry by providing experimental research and modeling tools that address important technical challenges and provide U.S. students with practical training in gas turbine technologies. The initiative is managed by the DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory.

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