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

  • Janusz Kotowicz Institute of Power Engineering and Power Turbomachinery, Silesian University of Technology Konarskiego 18, 44-100 Gliwice, Poland
  • Marcin Job Institute of Power Engineering and Power Turbomachinery, Silesian University of Technology Konarskiego 18, 44-100 Gliwice, Poland


A zero emission gas turbine power plant with a membrane reactor works on the concept of using ion oxygen transportmembrane (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 airthrough a high-temperature membrane, fuel combustion in the internal reactor cycle, and heating oxygen-depleted air, whichis directed to the turbine. This paper presents a gas turbine power plant integrated with a membrane reactor and a detaileddescription of the membrane reactor model. Selected results of thermodynamic analysis of the modeled power plant arepresented.


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How to Cite
KOTOWICZ, Janusz; JOB, Marcin. Modeling a membrane reactor for a zero-emission combined cycle power plant. Journal of Power Technologies, [S.l.], v. 97, n. 1, p. 7--14, feb. 2017. ISSN 2083-4195. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 13 apr. 2024.
Energy Conversion and Storage


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

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