Design Software targets coal-fired power plant developers.
November 2, 2006 - Including integrated combined-cycle gasification (IGCC) enhancements for GT PRO and GT MASTER software programs, Thermoflow Suite 16 features hardware-based models for gasifier vessels and raw syngas coolers, and additional steam sources for interconnecting raw syngas coolers to power island. When combined with company's Plant Engineering and Construction Estimator program, it enables conceptual engineering and cost estimation for all major components of IGCC plant.
Release date: October 12, 2006
Thermoflow Adds IGCC Features to its Design Software for Coal-Fired Plants
Company Responding to Industry Needs
SUDBURY, MASS. - October 12, 2006 - Responding to the growing energy industry interest in integrated combined-cycle gasification (IGCC), or cleaner coal, technology, Thermoflow Inc. continues to expand its heat balance design software offerings for developers of coal-fired power plants.
The company recently released Thermoflow Suite 16 (TFLOW 16), which includes significant IGCC enhancements for its well-proven GT PRO and GT MASTER software programs.
TFLOW 16 features new hardware-based models for gasifier vessels and raw syngas coolers, and includes additional steam sources for interconnecting raw syngas coolers to the power island. New IGCC output graphics have been added to better illustrate flows between the gasification plant and the power island.
When combined with Thermoflow's Plant Engineering and Construction Estimator (PEACE) program, TFLOW 16 enables conceptual engineering and cost estimation for all major components of an IGCC plant, taking into consideration coal properties and all principal design variables.
In addition to the new IGCC capabilities, Thermoflow recently added a pulverizer capacity model to its STEAM PRO and STEAM MASTER products, to estimate coal handling capacity as a function of fuel hardness, desired fineness and moisture content.
"Many in the industry have long recognized Thermoflow as a leading developer of software for designing and modeling combined-cycle power plants burning gas or oil," said Dr. Maher Elmasri, president of Thermoflow. "In addition, our STEAM PRO program has assisted developers of conventional coal-fired plants since 1991.
"Today, we see great promise in IGCC as a way to use coal, one of the world's most abundant resources, in an environmentally responsible manner. To help our customers take full advantage of this technology, we continue to expand and add powerful new features to our software programs for designing coal-fired plants."
In an IGCC system, coal is converted into a cleaner burning fuel, which then is burned in a gas turbine combined-cycle system to generate electricity. This process significantly reduces the emissions of sulfur dioxides, nitrogen oxides, mercury and particulate matter associated with traditional coal plants.
Since 1987, Thermoflow has been a leading developer of thermal engineering software for the power and cogeneration industries. Thermoflow's first product, GT PRO, has become the world's most popular program for designing gas turbine-based power plants. By the end of 2005, about 1,750 users at 900 sites in more than 50 countries were using GT PRO.
In addition to GT PRO, Thermoflow's suite of products includes GT MASTER for simulation analysis of gas turbine-based plants; STEAM PRO and STEAM MASTER for conventional steam power plants; and PEACE for preliminary engineering and cost estimation. Along with these application-specific products, Thermoflow also offers THERMOFLEX, a fully flexible design system.
All of Thermoflow's products also are packaged for on-line or off-line simulation, monitoring and optimization of operating power and cogeneration plants. Thermoflow also offers training courses and consulting services.
Thermoflow is based in Sudbury, Mass. with a sister company, Thermoflow Ltd., located in Allendorf, Germany, and has sales and support representatives in several other countries.
For additional information, please contact:
Dr. Maher Elmasri