Semi-coke is a specific solid fuel, which is mainly produced by upgrading low-rank coal. The poor reactivity of semi-coke makes a difficulty to its practical utilization in utility boilers. Previous research was mainly focused on the combustion behavior of semi-coke, while the industrial application has to be understood. In this paper, the effect of co-firing semi-coke and bituminous coal on the operation performance of pulverized boiler was numerically studied. The work was conducted on a 300 MW tangentially fired boiler, and the temperature distribution, the char burnout and NOx production were mainly examined. The results indicate that the incomplete combustion heat loss drops with the increase in semi-coke blending ratio. The NOx concentration increases from 186 mg/Nm3 for only firing the bituminous coal to 200, 214, and 255 mg/Nm3, when the blending ratio was 17%, 33% and 50%, respectively. With enhancing excess air coefficient for the co-firing condition, the combustion efficiency got improved, while NOx production increased very slightly. In general, the boiler is well adapted to co-firing semi-coke, and the semi-coke blending ratio of 1/3 with an excess air coefficient of 1.235 is recommended.

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