David L. Heaven Fluor Daniel Inc. Irvine, Calif.
High temperature, en- trained-flow gasification has been practiced commercially for more than 40 years. Gasification converts petroleum-based fuels to a clean fuel gas that, when fired in a gas turbine, produces minimal emissions of SO2, NOx, particulates, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and CO.
Gas cleaning also allows removal and control of volatile metals that may be classified as hazardous air pollutants (HAPs).
The technology is moving, however, from its principal use as a source of hydrogen and carbon moNOxide for chemicals production to a broader application as a useful and economic refining tool.
Gasification can provid...