An Application of the Pioneer Plants Study Methodology to a First-of-a-Kind MHD Central Station

by Ron Hess, Edward W. Merrow, Richard Y. Pei


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This Note examines the feasibility, reasonableness, and credibility of applying a set of models based on chemical processing technology, as developed in the Pioneer Plants Study (PPS), to a related, but distinctly different, set of projects — advanced electric power generation facilities, specifically a first-of-a-kind central power station that uses magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) as its primary power production technology. The findings suggest that applying the PPS methodology is feasible, and its results reasonable. The application was not without difficulty, however. The authors conclude that in order to increase the applicability of the PPS models to advanced power plants, data would have to be collected on four to six carefully selected power plant projects, and additional statistical analysis would have to be performed.

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