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Title: Energy integration in boiler section of thermal power plant
Authors: Chauhan S.S.
Khanam, Shabina
Published in: Journal of Cleaner Production
Abstract: In the present work systematic analysis is carried out for retrofitting of boiler section of the conventional thermal power plant of 250 MW capacity with the aim to recover maximum amount of waste heat available in it. Lignite coal is used in this plant as a fuel. For the existing system, pinch point, minimum hot and cold utility requirements are found as 972 °C, ‘0’MW and ‘11.09’MW, respectively. Pseudo-pinch point is also found at 272 °C and heat flow through it is 9.11 MW. It is observed that in the existing plant exit temperature of flue gas through the stack is restricted by dew point of SOx to prevent corrosion in the stack. Dew point of SOx in flue gas is predicted as 122 °C. Further, heat from boiler blowdown can also be extracted. Considering waste heat of flue gas as a result of dew point as well as boiler blowdown six different energy integration options are proposed for retrofitting of boiler section. Detailed design and economic analyses are carried out for all these options. Different criteria such as location of additional heat exchanger, amount of flue gas and exit temperature, environmental aspects, %energy savings and maximum temperature across additional heat exchangers are envisaged to choose best retrofitting option. Results of the best option are compared with that of published work. © 2018
Citation: Journal of Cleaner Production (2018), 202(): 601-615
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Keywords: Boiler section
Dew point
Economic analysis
Energy integration
Thermal power plant
ISSN: 9596526
Author Scopus IDs: 36136502800
Author Affiliations: Chauhan, S.S., Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee, 247 667, India
Khanam, S., Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee, 247 667, India
Corresponding Author: Chauhan, S.S.; Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology RoorkeeIndia; email:
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