Abstract

The Gas Technology Institute (GTI®), Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®) and General Electric Global Research (GEGR) are executing the “STEP” [Supercritical Transformational Electric Power] project, to design, construct, commission, and operate an integrated and reconfigurable 10 MWe sCO2 [supercritical CO2] pilot plant test facility. The $122* million project is funded $84 million by the US DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL Award Number DE-FE0028979) and $38* million (*including building investment) by the team members, component suppliers and others interested in sCO2 technology. This paper provides an update on the project’s progress. The pilot facility is currently under construction at SwRI’s San Antonio, Texas, USA campus. Now well into Phase 2, a ground-breaking was held in October of 2018, and civil work and the construction of a dedicated 22,000 ft2 building is complete. Most major equipment is in fabrication or delivered to site. Efforts have already provided valuable project learnings for technology commercialization. This project is a significant step toward sCO2 cycle based power generation commercialization and is informing the performance, operability, and scale-up to commercial plants.

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