Renfrew test facility
In July 2009 Doosan Babcock began operating what it described as the world’s largest "OxyCoal" 40MW oxyfuel burner test rig, designed to test its oxyfuel combustion capture technology on pulverised coal, for both new and retrofit supercritical boilers. The test programme was successfully completed in early 2011, after which it was concluded that the technology could be used at commercial scale.
The project was a collaboration between Doosan Babcock, the UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change and Scottish & Southern Energy, as well as Imperial College London, University of Nottingham, Air Products, DONG Energy, Drax Power, EDF Energy, EON UK, Scottish Power, Vattenfall and UK Coal. The test facility is in Renfrew, 9.7 km west of Glasgow. The project received £1.6 million from the UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change.
The post combustion facility simulated the entire process of modern coal-fired power generation, burning coal and biomass, and included a range of gas clean-up systems. The facility used Solvent Scrubbing Technology to capture CO2 from coal-fired flue gases, through a process of absorption and regeneration. Doosan Power Systems has been developing and will continue to develop this technology in partnership with the Canadian based HTC Purenergy and the University of Regina.
The company says it will be ready to deliver very low carbon emission power technology to its customers in both the UK and other global markets, as soon as the market for these products becomes available.
More details about Doosan's OxyCoal process here.