GE Energy is joining the Model Fuels Consortium II (MFC-II) (earlier post), the first gas turbine producer to do so. GE’s interest in the MFC-II stems from the Consortium’s focus on modeling fuel combustion as a way to increase energy efficiency and reduce emissions.
The MFC-II is the second phase of an industry led effort, founded by software provider Reaction Design in 2005, to create validated simulation models that describe in detail the combustion of both conventional and alternative, carbon-based fuels. To date, the MFC’s primary focus has been to analyze fuels typically used in internal combustion engine applications, but the work done in characterizing the fundamentals of fuel-component combustion is equally applicable to the simulation of turbine engines used in both power generation and aircraft propulsion.
As an MFC Member, GE gains access to more than 40 verified chemical-kinetics mechanisms and a set of proprietary software that supports the use of these mechanisms in the representation of real fuels in practical design simulations.
Developing energy efficient and low emission combustors has become a key requirement for industrial turbines. Modeling and simulation are critical elements in the cost-effective design of next-generation combustors that need to be cleaner burning, while capable of using a wide variety of fuels.—Lou Cerone, GE Energy Vice President, Energy Technology
In addition to GE Energy, current members of the Consortium include ConocoPhillips, l’Institut Français du Pétrol (IFP), Mazda, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Saudi Aramco, Suzuki, Toyota and Volkswagen.