WES clean-coal technology for power production addresses the output of 40% of the world’s CO2 emissions:

  • It combines the least-costly powerplant technology – a gas-fired power plant – with the least-costly fuel – coal.

  • The savings from these pay for a new, low-cost gasifier, with carbon capture, that WES has designed over the past 9 years.

  • Together, its high efficiency… which reduces the unit cost for everything in the plant – and its small, modular equipment – saves 50% of capital costs from current technology, enough to meet the required cost reduction goal.


A Solution to the World’s Energy/Carbon Problems

Wormser Energy Solution’s advanced clean-coal gasification technology has the potential to revolutionize the energy sector by producing low-carbon electricity and transportation fuels below traditional gasification costs.

Gasification is a process that is used to produce electricity as well as transportation fuels, hydrogen, substitute natural gas and petrochemicals from various feedstocks, which include coal, petcoke, biomass, municipal solid waste, etc.

A power generation plant built using Wormser’s technology will provide enough cost savings to include Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) facilities for the same price as building a traditional power plant without CCS.



Coal Gasification with CCS is a much needed technology to fight global climate change

Coal Gasification with CCS has been touted as a highly effective technology capable of producing useable energy while significantly reducing carbon emissions. However, due to high costs, the needed systems have not been widely deployed.

International Energy Agency (IEA) analysis shows that CCS is an integral part of any lowest-cost mitigation scenario where long-term global average temperature increases are limited to significantly less than 4°C, particularly for 2°C scenarios. CCS must be widely deployed in both power generation and industrial applications. The total CO2 capture and storage rate must grow from the tens of megatons of CO2 captured in 2013 to thousands of megatons of CO2 in 2050 in order to address the emissions reduction needed.

IEA findings state:

  • “Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a critical component in a portfolio of low-carbon energy technologies aimed at combating climate change. Given the dominant role that fossil fuels continue to play in primary energy consumption, the urgency of CCS deployment is only increasing”
  • “This decade is critical for moving deployment of CCS beyond the demonstration phase. Urgent action is required from industry and governments to implement incentive frameworks that can help drive cost-effective CCS deployment”

Wormser’s Advanced Clean-Coal Gasification Technology with CCS is ideally positioned to fully meet these challenges and to fight climate change.




ADVANCED CLEAN-COAL GASIFICATION TECHNOLOGY


Value

Wormser’s highly innovative, low-cost, clean-coal gasification technology represents a major breakthrough for Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC), polygeneration and coal-to-products (CTP) applications worldwide. It will again make coal a viable option for power generation while massively reducing CO2 emissions and fighting global climate change. These outcomes can be achieved while surpassing EPA’s most stringent environmental regulations and while attaining 95% capture of CO2 emissions. Cost reductions up to 50% from 5 innovative technology breakthroughs incorporated into this new technology are achieved primarily by major reductions in equipment size and by high plant efficiency of 48% (HHV) with CO2 capture, thereby making coal power generation the lowest-cost option.

Description

WES’s new gasification technology integrates its highly innovative breakthroughs in gasification and related sub-systems into a complete plant configuration that provides net capital cost reductions of close 60% and efficiency improvements to 48% (HHV). The breakthrough of substantially increased hydrogen production and equipment size reductions provide cost reductions large enough to make coal gasification systems the low-cost option for power generation and CTP, thereby enabling the reduction of global emissions on an economic basis. On a plant-wide basis, the innovative technology and advancements will provide an extensive range of benefits for industry and the environment. These benefits are outlined below:

  • Near-Zero Emissions and CCUS: The new technology performs with near-zero emissions of criteria pollutants and substantially exceeds the requirements of the EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS). It also captures 95% of all CO2 produced for utilization, storage or Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR). As such, the new technology easily surpasses EPA’s proposed Carbon Pollution Standards and is much cleaner than natural gas (without carbon capture).
  • High Plant Efficiency: The new technology provides a plant efficiency of 48% (HHV), with 95% carbon capture – a major improvement over current coal technologies.
  • Low Capital and Operating Costs with CCUS: The new technology will incorporate CCUS and reduce the capital costs of an IGCC plant by as much as 50% when compared to DOE/NETL’s base-case analysis. The sources of these savings include: smaller, modular, factory-manufactured equipment; high plant efficiency; and rapid construction schedule.
  • Zero Water Usage: Lack of potable water is an increasing social problem around the world that has put pressure on the use of water for energy plants. As conventional coal power plants require large amounts of water, their operations are being curtailed and new plants are not being built. To address this energy-water nexus, systems are included that substantially eliminate the requirements for water.
  • Small Equipment Size and Footprint: Because of the innovative technology and advancements integrated into the system, equipment sizes are much smaller than conventional gasification systems, which also makes for a small plant footprint.
  • Modular Construction and Short Construction Schedule: Because of the small size of the equipment and reactors, the plant can be designed for modular construction. As a result, most of the equipment can be factory manufactured, transported and rapidly installed at the plant site, thereby greatly reducing capital costs and construction schedules and improving quality and reliability.
  • Low-Cost CO2 for EOR: Currently, there is a shortage of anthropogenic CO2 for EOR. Naturally occurring CO2 must be extracted from underground deposits and transported via extensive pipeline systems and then re-injected for EOR. The WES new technology will provide low-cost anthropogenic CO2 for EOR and CCUS and extend the life and yield of depleted oil reservoirs, while simultaneously reducing CO2 emissions.

Applications

The new gasification technology can be configured into a number of applications as follows:

  • Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC): The simplest application is IGCC that can be used to produce electricity with 48% efficiency (HHV) and capture 95% of the CO2 produced.
  • Polygeneration: The new technology has the capability to operate in a flexible Polygeneration configuration where the plant can coproduce multiple products such as power, liquid fuels (diesel etc.), chemicals and CO2. To maximize the plant’s economic value, product rates can be varied in response to market conditions, for example, power production can be maximized when demand and prices are high and the other products produced in off-peak hours.
  • Coal to Products: Stand-alone facilities can be built for the new gasification technology to produce a number of salable commodities. These include: FT liquids (diesel, naphtha etc.), chemicals (methanol, olefins, etc.), ammonia for fertilizer, and CO2.
  • Repowering of Existing Plants: Repowering can be performed on existing coal-fired power plants around the world using this new gasification technology to reduce emissions that couldn’t otherwise be economically decarbonized. At the same time, criteria pollutant emissions and water consumption will be substantially reduced.
  • Future Applications. These include additional coal and natural gas processing systems.