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Fuel and Carbon Flexibility Benefits Provided by CFB Technology

February 20, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EET

In Asia, the Middle East and Africa, power producers are experiencing increasing pressure to generate low-cost clean power, often from decreasing-quality solid fuels. As a result, power producers are constantly looking for ways to maximize fuel flexibility so that a wider range of opportunity coals and biomass fuels may be sourced, either indigenously or from the world fuel market. This challenge is complicated by the steady ratcheting down of air emission limits in these markets.



Circulating fluidized bed (CFB) technology has steadily increased its power generation market share principally because of the technology’s inherent ability to burn a very wide range of fuels, such as inexpensive opportunity coals, petcoke, coal slurry, lignite, coal washing rejects, biomass, palm kernel shells, rice husks and peat, even in variable mix combinations with high moisture content. An important added benefit is significantly less air emissions are produced compared to conventional pulverized coal (PC) combustion technologies. By cofiring biomass and other carbon neutral waste fuels, the CFB provides power producers with a low risk path for significantly reducing carbon emissions. Therefore, the CFB’s fuel flexible and low emissions design enable power producers to reliably generate electricity at the lowest possible tariff and environmental cost to their consumers.


CFB combustion technology has a proven track record of reliably and efficiently burning a wide range of fuels, including Indonesian fuels or low-quality lignites with high ash and moisture content that is often imported by Asian and African power markets.


Conventional pulverized coal (PC) boilers struggle when burning fuels of unpredictable quality. As fuel quality declines, the PC requires an oversized boiler, more sootblower stations and higher cost alloys to accommodate boiler fouling and corrosion when burning low quality fuels. The result: decreased plant reliability coupled with an inflated capital cost and high annual operating cost.


In this informative webinar, Robert Giglio, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, Sumitomo SHI-FW (SFW), will discuss the technical, economic and environmental benefits of CFB boilers that may be customized for specific power markets. Plant case studies that illustrate the fuel flexibility of the CFB on fuels commonly available in Asia, Africa and Middle East will be presented, such as:

  • JEA’s 600-MWe Northside Plant produces low-cost power from petcoke. The plant has been in operation for 17 years and has maintained an average forced outage rate under 2% over the past 8 years (2011-2017)
  • Korea’s 2,200 MWe Samcheok Green Power Plant features four 550 MWe ultra-supercritical CFBs from SFW, giving KOSPO, the plant owner, the utmost flexibility in global fuel procurement
  • Turkey’s 510 MWe Soma Kolin Plant, now under construction, features two 255 MWe CFBs from SFW to produce very affordable power from Turkey’s abundant  low-quality lignite
  • UK’s Teesside Renewable Energy Plant will be the world’s largest  100% biomass-fired power station at 299 MWe using SFW’s advanced biomass CFB technology when it comes on-line in 2020
  • South Korea’s 105 MWe Danging Power Station is a multi-fuel unit that fires a combination of palm kernel shells (PKS), wood pellets, demolition wood and coal. The plant began operation in 2015


Other important case studies will be taken from SFW’s portfolio of almost 500 CFB installations, including a 460-MWe supercritical CFB plant and a 205-MWe biomass-fired CFB plant, both located in Poland, a 670-MWe CFB plant, located in Virginia, U.S., that burns a combination of waste coal and biomass, and a 1,500-MWe CFB repowering project located in Poland burning brown coal.


Attendees will be given the opportunity to ask questions about their specific project interests during the Q&A session of the webinar.


This free webinar can help you make an informed decision about the application of CFB technology in your power market and on your specific fuels. Register today to secure your spot!


Who Should Attend

  • Government Energy Planners and Policy makers
  • Government Environmental and Energy Regulators
  • Utilities and Independent Power Producers & Developers
  • Architecture and Engineering Companies
  • Asset Managers and Power Plant Owners
  • EPC Companies
  • Fuel Managers
  • Environmental Specialists


Presenter: Robert Giglio | Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development | Sumitomo SHI FW

Robert is Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development for Sumitomo SHI FW. He is responsible for market, product, and business strategy, strategic business development, and market forecasting for all business units.

 Robert started his career over 30 years ago with a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.