The Department of Energy announced today that it has selected the University of Michigan as one of nine universities chosen to conduct advanced turbine technology research for the clean and efficient operation of turbines using fuels derived from coal and containing high amounts of hydrogen.

These high-hydrogen-content fuels are crucial to developing advanced coal-based power generation systems, such as integrated gasification combined cycle, that can capture and store carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas.

One UM proposed project is a comprehensive experimental and computational research effort to obtain a fundamental understanding about mechanisms controlling unstable flame regimes in the combustion of high hydrogen fuels. The Department of Energy will provide $454,540 to university, which will contribute $115,997 to the project.

The second project will develop a quantitative understanding of combustion properties at conditions relevant to gas turbine operation. These fundamental data will provide rigorous targets for development of detailed chemical kinetic reaction mechanisms for high hydrogen fuel combustion, including NOx chemistry. The Department of Energy will provide $499,999 to the University of Michigan, which will contribute $135,563 to the project.

“The Department of Energy is committed to advancing cutting edge research and development into promising technologies that can help America meet its energy needs, remain competitive in the energy economic of tomorrow, and create jobs here in America,” said DOE COO for Fossil Energy Charles McConnell.  “Projects like this are critical to ensuring the future of clean energy technology right here in America.”

UM is one of nine universities selected to conduct research for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy, under the University Turbine Systems Research Program.

The UTSR program, managed by FE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, uses university talent, expertise, and research and modeling capabilities to further advance fundamental gas turbine technology development in the areas of hydrogen combustion, high temperature materials, heat transfer and aerodynamics. Each project will last 36 months.

The other projects will be held at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of California-Irvine, Purdue University, Ohio State University, the University of Connecticut, the University of North Dakota, Tennessee Technological University and the University of Pittsburgh.


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