Nucla circulating atmospheric fluidized bed demonstration project
Colorado-Ute Electric Association began a study to evaluate options for upgrading and extending the life of its Nucla power station in 1982. Located in southwestern Colorado near the town of Nucla, this station was commissioned in 1959 with a local bituminous coal as its design fuel for three identical stoker-fired units, each rated at 12.6 MW(e). Poor station efficiency, high fuel costs, and spiraling boiler maintenance costs forced the Nucla Station into low priority in the CUEA dispatch order as early as 1981. Among the options CUEA considered was to serve as a host utility to demonstrate Atmospheric Fluidized Bed Combustion (AFBC) technology. The anticipated environmental benefits and apparent attractive economics of a circulating AFBC led to Colorado-Ute's decision to proceed with the design and construction of a demonstration project in 1984 at the Nucla facility.
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- Technical Report
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- Colorado-Ute Electric Association, Inc., Montrose, CO (United States)
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- DOE; USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
- Country of Publication:
- United States
- 01 COAL, LIGNITE, AND PEAT; FLUIDIZED-BED COMBUSTION; DEMONSTRATION PROGRAMS; POWER PLANTS; OPTIMIZATION; COLORADO; PROGRESS REPORT; CHEMICAL REACTIONS; COMBUSTION; DEVELOPED COUNTRIES; DOCUMENT TYPES; FEDERAL REGION VIII; NORTH AMERICA; OXIDATION; THERMOCHEMICAL PROCESSES; USA 014000* -- Coal, Lignite, & Peat-- Combustion
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