Association of Energy Engineers - KC Chapter - Event Information
Turning Coal Plant into Biomass Plant - B&V
Turning Coal Plant into Biomass Plant
Una Nowling - Black & Veatch
November 17th, 2017 Meeting 11:30am-Noon - Networking
Noon-1pm - Meeting
**Lunch will be boxed lunches from Grand Street Cafe. * Wednesday, 11/15, Sign-up Deadline
Portland General Electric’s (PGE) Boardman Coal Plant is a 585-MW pulverized coal plant that has fallen under environmental regulations that left its owners three options: install expensive back-end emissions controls, close the plant completely, or switch to an environmentally friendly fuel. Extensive discussions with regulators and stakeholders in 2010 resulted in agreement on a plan to install a limited suite of emissions controls, combined with a federally-enforceable deadline to cease coal-fired operations by the end of 2020. Recognizing that the relatively young, efficient plant retains value for utility customers that could justify operation for a significantly longer period, PGE has studied using biomass fuel to replace coal for several years, and in 2016 began a comprehensive series of single-mill and full-unit test burns with torrefied wood biomass fuel. This program resulted in a highly successful full-unit test burn of torrefied biomass fuel, thanks to the dedication and support of PGE personnel from the boiler room to the board room, and gives PGE a potential future path towards life as a bio-energy facility. PGE has encouraged sharing its “lessons-learned” for the benefit of other power plants considering such test burns, and this presentation will describe the project scoping, analysis, planning, and testing which came together to create a successful test burn program for a very unique fuel.
Presenter Bio: Ms. Una Nowling is the Service Area Leader for Fuels and Reliability Planning within Black & Veatch‘s global energy business, and is the Chief Engineer’s Technology Lead for fuels and combustion. She assists utilities and energy companies with fuel quality impact studies; fuel sourcing and mine planning studies; combustion and boiler operations analyses; emissions compliance; and technical and scientific training. Ms. Nowling has managed more than 100 projects in her career at Black & Veatch and continues to manage several domestic and international projects dealing with fuels and power plant performance. She is responsible for teaching and training in fuels issues and power plant operations, and she is an Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) campus. Ms. Nowling is a frequent author for POWER Magazine, a syndicated newspaper technical writer, and a radio hostess and broadcast engineer on Kansas City Community Radio.
11:30 AM - 01:00 PM Central
Hyatt Place Kansas City/Lenexa City Center 8741 Ryckert St Lenexa, KS 66219