Techno-economic-environmental assessment of biomass oxy-gasification staged oxy-combustion for negative emission combined heat and power

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Climate change mitigation requires developing low-carbon technologies capable of achieving CO2 emission reductions at the gigatonne scale and affordable cost. Biomass gasification, coupled with carbon capture and storage, offers a direction to atmospheric CO2 removal. To compensate for the issues associate with the high-investment requirement of CO2 removal unit and lower efficiency compared to fossil-based power cycles, this study proposed a conceptual system for combined heat and power, based on biomass oxy-gasification integrated with staged oxy-combustion combined cycle (BOXS-CC). Aspen Plus® is used to develop the process model of the proposed cycle. The results obtained in the techno-economic analysis showed that the net power efficiency of the proposed concept with 50.2 kg/s biomass flowrate was 41.6%, and the heat efficiency was 27.4%, leading to a total efficiency of 69.0%, including CO2 compression. Moreover, the economic assessment of BOXS-CC revealed that it can achieve a levelised cost of electricity of €21.4/MWh, considering the heat and carbon prices of €46.5/MWh and €40/tCO2, respectively. Such economic performance is superior compared to fossil fuel power plants without CO2 capture. The environmental assessment shows that BOX-CC system results in net negative emissions of 766 kg CO2 eq./MWhe.

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Original languageEnglish
Article number117254
JournalApplied Thermal Engineering
Early online date23 Jun 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2021