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Challenges of Fuel Gas Purification for Cogeneration under Stringent Regulatory Requirements

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Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA), a municipal water district based in Chino, CA is currently executing a cogeneration power project, titled Renewable Energy Efficiency Project (REEP) at the Regional Plant No.5 (RP-5), which showcases a variety of innovative technologies for the power production. The project involved many innovative technologies, most of which are still in the research and or piloting stages. Designing a gas purification system for fuel cells, which have been commercialized only a few year ago, required a lot of ground work and research. After a thorough technical analysis with reliability as the primary criterion, Parsons recommended gas refrigeration as the best technology for gas purification for this project. A life cycle cost analysis of the above alternatives was performed to choose the best system configuration and a cost benefit analysis was carried out to project savings on O&M costs on IC engines due to gas cleaning. After thorough analysis, final recommendations were made to the Agency with a cost- effective and reliable fuel gas purification system to comply with the stringent SCAQMD permit requirements.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2006-01-01

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