WSP has been working with NET Power since 2013, helping to take the technology from conceptual design to a demonstration of the combustor and testing of the process.
Our Manchester office was commissioned in 2016 to provide detailed engineering services for modifications that enabled the demonstration plant to also function as a combustor test facility. This combustor test rig design required close collaboration between NET Power and 13 of WSP’s offices – across four countries.
" Our detailed knowledge of the Allam Cycle meant that we were able to integrate the combustor test rig into the demonstration facility. This has allowed NET Power to carry out the testing on site while also commissioning, validating, and operating the rest of the Allam Cycle process, rather than testing at a bespoke test facility. "
Engineering Director, WSP
Now that the process has been proven to work, the next step for NET Power is to build a full-size 300MWe plant.
A zero-emission fossil fuel
With urgent action needed to cut the world’s carbon emissions, this technology has the potential to be used with coal and natural gas. We hope it can contribute to reducing emissions from fossil-fuel power production.
In the UK, where the last coal-fired power plants are set to close by 2025, the technology could help the country meet its renewable energy target. It offers a sustainable alternative that would also be cheaper to build and run than a traditional gas-fired power plant.
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