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Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

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TOPOROV, D.  and  ABRAHAM, R.. Gasification of low-rank coal in the High-Temperature Winkler (HTW) process. J. S. Afr. Inst. Min. Metall. [online]. 2015, vol.115, n.7, pp.589-597. ISSN 2411-9717.

Gasification is a process of thermal conversion of solid carbonaceous materials into a gaseous fuel called syngas. Coal gasification is an efficient technology for a range of systems for producing low-emission electricity and other high-value products such as chemicals, synthetic fuels, etc. The paper presents the High-Temperature Winkler (HTW) gasification process, which is designed to utilize low-rank feedstock such as coals with high ash content, lignite, biomass etc. The process is characterized by a bubbling fluidized bed, where coal devolatilization and partial oxidation and gasification of coal char and volatiles take place, and by a freeboard where partial combustion and gasification of coal char take place. The recent development of the high-pressure HTW process is reviewed. Gasification of low-rank, high-ash coals with respect to gasification temperatures, conversion rates, and syngas quality is also discussed. The main HTW design steps required for an industrial-scale design are presented. Special attention is given to the process modelling, including global thermodynamic calculation as well as detailed CFD-based simulation of a reacting fluidized bed. Three-dimensional numerical results of the HTW process are also provided and discussed.

Keywords : coal gasification; high-temperature Winkler process; HTW; reacting fluidized bed simulation; high-ash coal; low-rank coal; biomass; peat; municipal solid waste.

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