Evaluating Advanced Technologies for Acid Rain Compliance

by H. Christopher Frey, Carnegie Mellon Univ, Pittsburgh, United States,
Edward S. Rubin, Carnegie Mellon Univ, Pittsburgh, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Energy in the 90's


Technological innovation in emissions control of acid rain precursors has made possible increasingly stringent control requirements for coal-fired power plants. A key challenge for potential process adopters is evaluation of the uncertainties in performance and cost inherent in any new control technology. Uncertainties can be explicitly characterized using probablistic modeling techniques such as Monte Carlo simulation. A robust approach to evaluating advanced systems is illustrated via a case study based on the fluidized bed copper oxide process. In particular, the example indicates how uncertainty may be included in process evaluation, research planning, and comparisons with competing technology.

Subject Headings: Acid rain | Uncertainty principles | Fluidized bed technology | Non-renewable energy | Emissions | Coal | Power plants

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