GSE Systems supplies simulator for FutureGen 2.0 design phase

Global energy services solutions provider GSE Systems (NYSE MKT: GVP) said Dec. 10 that it is currently working on Phase II of a multi-phase project with Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group (B&W PGG) to supply an engineering simulator for the first-of-a-kind power plant design, the FutureGen 2.0 project.

The FutureGen 2.0 project, which is getting U.S. Department of Energy backing, will be a near-zero emissions coal-fueled power plant using oxy-combustion technology.

FutureGen 2.0, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will retrofit part of the decommissioned Meredosia coal-fired plant in Illinois with an innovative oxy-coal carbon capture technology developed by B&W PGG in collaboration with Air Liquide. The oxy-coal combustion process uses nearly pure oxygen and recycled flue gases instead of air for combustion. The resulting flue gas is composed of concentrated CO2, which is purified, compressed and stored in a deep formation. By capturing and storing about 1.1 million tons of CO2 each year, the plant will reduce its CO2 emissions by at least 90%.

The first phase engineering simulator models the plant’s boiler and Gas Quality Control System to validate specifications for equipment sizing and performance, GSE Systems said. Additionally, the models will be used to validate the process controls developed by B&W PGG and Air Liquide.

In subsequent phases, the simulator will be used to verify and validate the new plant systems and controls prior to plant commissioning. An additional benefit of the project is that the resulting controls will be optimized prior to commissioning and tuned by plant operation. This will reduce the commissioning time and cost for the new plant, GSE Systems added.

GSE said it has completed many other first-of-a-kind simulation projects for new plant designs such as the B&W mPower Small Modular Reactor, Westinghouse AP1000, NuScale Power Small Modular Reactor, Chinese CPR1000, SINOPEC Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle, and a Korean-built ultra-supercritical control verification and validation simulator.

GSE Systems is headquartered in Sykesville (Baltimore), Maryland, with offices in: St. Marys, Georgia; Madison, New Jersey; Cary, North Carolina; Chennai, India; Nyköping, Sweden; Stockton-on-Tees, UK; Glasgow, UK; and Beijing, China.

FutureGen 2.0, after many years of delay, has been moving forward strongly lately. Within the past year, for example, the Illinois Commerce Commission has granted approvals related to passing along costs of power from this project in the deregulated Illinois power market. DOE in October issued a final environmental impact statement for the 168 MWe (gross) project. And the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency was taking comment on two draft air permits for the project until Nov. 8. 

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