A mathematical optimization technique for managing selective catalytic reduction for coal-fired power plants

Passakorn Phananiramai, Jay M. Rosenberger, Victoria C.P. Chen, Seoung Bum Kim, Melanie L. Sattler

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Abstract

Selective catalytic reduction (SCR) is an emissions control technique that primarily reduces harmful emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx). To maintain SCR performance, catalyst layers maybe added, removed, or replaced to improve NOx reduction efficiency. To make these changes, power plants must be temporarily shut down, and SCR maintenance during scheduled power plant outages can be very expensive. Consequently, developing a fleet-wide SCR management plans that are both efficient at reducing NOx and limiting operating costs would be extremely desirable. We propose an SCR management framework that finds an optimal SCR management plan that minimizes NOx emissions using integer programming. The SCR management tool consists of two main modules-the SCR schedule generation module and the SCR optimization module. Furthermore, the SCR management framework addresses decision making from the fleet-wide perspective as well as a single plant as opposed to only a single plant, which is currently commercially available.We demonstrate the effectiveness of the tool and provide a tradeoff between NOx reduction and operating cost using Pareto optimal efficient frontiers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-188
Number of pages18
JournalEnergy Systems
Volume2
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 May

Keywords

  • Energy management
  • Integer linear programming
  • Mathematical optimization
  • Selective catalytic reduction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Energy(all)

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