ExxonMobil and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne are working together to develop and test new gasification technology to improve the efficiency and reduce the cost of converting coal, coke or biomass to synthesis gas.
The work focuses on the development of a gasification-reactor system, which has the potential to offer significant advantages compared to conventional approaches, according to the partners. Key features of PWR’s rocket-engine expertise—uniform feed distribution, high temperature combustion and rapid heat removal—are utilized, resulting in a smaller and more cost effective system.
Work has begun on pilot plants to test the technology at the Gas Technologies Institute in Des Plaines, Illinois, and the Energy and Environmental Research Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota. ExxonMobil is also cooperating with Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne to assist in identifying potential interested parties for demonstration.