Pratt & Whitney Coal Gasifier Passes Initial Performance Tests

2 June 2010 (Last Updated June 2nd, 2010 18:30)

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne has completed the first round of performance tests on a gasifier that it says can reduce the cost of coal gasification and offer a clean alternative fuel source in the US. The compact gasifier will convert carbon-containing material such as coal or biomass i

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne has completed the first round of performance tests on a gasifier that it says can reduce the cost of coal gasification and offer a clean alternative fuel source in the US.

The compact gasifier will convert carbon-containing material such as coal or biomass into synthesis gas, which is then used to produce electricity and for other purposes.

Each of the tests lasted 12 to 37 hours at the pilot plant in Illinois, US, and established the gasifier's performance and stable operation under a range of operating conditions, the company said in a statement.

Illinois coal, petroleum coke and sub-bituminous coal will be used for additional testing throughout 2010.