The high efficiencies obtained in a combined gas-turbine/steam-turbine power cycle burning low Btu gas (LBG) make it a potentially attractive alternative to the high sulfur emitting direct coal-fired steam cycle. In the gasification process, much of the bound nitrogen in coal is converted to ammonia in the LBG. This ammonia is largely converted to nitrogen oxides (NOx) in conventional combustors. This paper examines the pressurized bench scale performance of reactors previously demonstrated to produce low NOx emissions in atmospheric laboratory scale experiments. LBG was synthesized in a catalytic reformer and fired in three reactors: a catalytic reactor, a diffusion flame, and a stirred reactor. Effects of scale, pressure, stoichiometry, residence time, and preheat were examined. Lowest NOx emissions were produced in a rich/lean series staged catalytic reactor.

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