Role and activities of the IEA Implementing Agreement on fluidized bed conversion
Conference contribution, 2013
This presentation informs on the FBC Implementing Agreement, its field of interest, its activities and membership countries. In short, the activities consist of two meetings per year where information on fluidized bed conversion (mainly combustion and gasification) is exchanged between the participants from 15 different countries. The last meeting took place in the Czech Republic in March 2013.
Initially, a few decades ago, the focus was on the design of coal-fired FB combustors. This was followed by an engagement in the behavior of various fuels, environmental and operational issues, which still remains a topic of interest. This includes both small and large FB conversion devices, combustors and gasifiers. At present, an important route of development goes in the direction of CO2 removal, where FBC shows itself to be an extremely useful technology: co-combustion and gasification, oxy-fuel combustion, calcium looping cycle and chemical looping combustion. Such topics, and related environmental and operational problems, including the behavior of different fuels, are within the range of interest of the activities, depending on the selection of topics made by the members of the implementing agreement.