The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) conducts research, development, and demonstration projects for the benefit of the public in the United States and internationally. As an independent, nonprofit organization for public interest energy and environmental research, we focus on electricity generation, delivery, and use in collaboration with the electricity sector, its stakeholders and others to enhance the quality of life by making electric power safe, reliable, affordable, and environmentally responsible.
Scott works in EPRI’s advanced generation group from the Charlotte office in North Carolina in the US. He is responsible for process modelling and performance assessment of advanced power generation processes along with field testing of power systems and CO2 capture technology demonstrations. Scott has worked for EPRI for over 4 years and has over 20 years of industrial experience in the power industry carrying out process design for thermal systems, emission control technologies and carbon capture projects.
Why did you participate in this test?
TCM requested that EPRI conduct an independent assessment of the testing process and results using the previously developed ‘Independent Verification Protocol’.
Briefly describe your project on TCM
- What has your contribution been?
Auditing the installed plant instrumentation for calibration accuracy, observing the extractive sampling procedures used and conducting data analysis on the testing periods to summarize the performance of the capture process throughout the testing period.
- What would you emphasise as TCM’s three main benefits as a test arena?
The scale of the amine plant is one of the main attractions, this unit is large enough to truly represent all of the fluid flow phenomena involved with liquid/packing interaction and flue gas distribution.
The independence of the TCM system is important to ensure that testing of third party solvent can be carried without bias and self-interest. The inclusion of the IVP and EPRI further strengthens the independence of this approach.
Some very important research is now possible at the amine facility in the area of aerosol emission influence and abatement strategies due to the use of the RFCC flue gas and the Brownian filter module. This is a key area for post combustion capture acceptability in future projects.