LIBS System for Coal Analysis
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The Energy Research Company (ERCo) and the Lehigh University Energy Research Center (ERC) team have developed a system for on-line, in-situ, real-time measurement of coal properties. The system includes artificial intelligence (AI) models to accurately predict the slagging propensity of coal and coal blends as they are fed into power plant boilers, and advisory software for heavy-slagging prevention. This allows plant engineers and boiler operators to take a number of actions to mitigate or possibly eliminate slagging problems. This will improve boiler efficiency, increase unit power output, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve unit availability through decreased slagging-related boiler outages, and reduce consumer electric rates.