This paper examines two coal-based hybrid configurations that employ separated anode and cathode streams for the capture and compression of CO2. One system uses a single compressor to compress and partially preheat the cathode air flow. The second system replaces the single compressor with a two stage compression process with an intercooler to extract heat between the stages, and to reduce the work that is required to compress the air flow in the cathode stream. Calculations are presented for both systems with and without heat recuperation. For the single compressor system with heat recuperation the hybrid system assumes the form of a recuperated Brayton cycle; when the recuperator is not present the hybrid system assumes the form of a standard Brayton cycle. The calculation results show that an increase of 2.2% in system efficiency was obtained by staging the compression for these cycles.

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