The Osaki CoolGen Project is being implemented as an “Integrated Coal Gasification Fuel Cell Combined Cycle (IGFC) Demonstration Project” subsidized by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. This project aims to realize innovative low-carbon coal-fired thermal power generation that combines IGFC ‒ the last word in high-efficiency coal-fired thermal power generation technology ‒ with CO2 separation and capture, thus drastically reducing the CO2 that is emitted from coal-fired thermal power generation.
The Osaki CoolGen Project is planned in three steps. In the first step, a demonstration test facility for oxygen-blown IGCC* ‒ which is the base technology for IGFC ‒ is to be constructed inside the grounds of Chugoku Electric’s Osaki Power Station, and is scheduled to begin demonstration test operation in FY 2016.
In the second step, we plan to do demonstration of an IGCC system made up of the oxygen-blown IGCC of the first step with CO2 capture equipment added.
In the third and final step we plan to demonstrate IGFC with CO2-capture, which will consist of the demonstration plant of the second step combined with a fuel cell.
*IGCC: Integrated Coal Gasification Combined Cycle