Modeling a membrane reactor for a zero-emission combined cycle power plant

Janusz Kotowicz, Marcin Job


A zero emission gas turbine power plant with a membrane reactor works on the concept of using ion oxygen transport
membrane (ITM) technology in order to apply carbon dioxide capture with limited loss of electricity generation efficiency.
The membrane reactor replaces the combustor in the gas turbine and combines three functions: oxygen separation from air
through a high-temperature membrane, fuel combustion in the internal reactor cycle, and heating oxygen-depleted air, which
is directed to the turbine. This paper presents a gas turbine power plant integrated with a membrane reactor and a detailed
description of the membrane reactor model. Selected results of thermodynamic analysis of the modeled power plant are


oxy-combustion; zero-emission combined cycle gas turbine; membrane reactor; ion transport membrane; ITM

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