Economic scales for first-generation biomass-gasifier/gas turbine combined cycles fueled from energy plantations

Eric David Larson, Christopher I. Marrison

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Abstract

This paper assesses the scales at which commercial, first-generation biomass integrated-gasifier/gas turbine combined cycle (BIG/GTCC) technology are likely to be most economic when fueled by plantation-derived biomass. First-generation BIG/GTCC systems are likely to be commercially offered by vendors beginning around 2000 and will be based on either pressurized or atmospheric-pressure gasification. Both plant configurations are considered here, with estimates of capital and operating costs drawn from published and other sources. Prospective costs of a farm-grown energy crop (switchgrass) delivered to a power plant are developed with the aid of a geographic information system (GIS) for agricultural regions in the North Central and Southeast US in the year 2000 and 2020. A simplified approach is applied to estimate the cost of delivering chipped eucalyptus from an existing plantation in Northeast Brazil.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (Paper)
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996
EventProceedings of the 1996 International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress & Exhibition - Burmingham, UK
Duration: Jun 10 1996Jun 13 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering

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