The lignite coal projects are being developed for clean coal-based power generation projects and are being developed by Tuten for an undisclosed local utility company.

Synthesis Energy has undertaken the coal tests using its fluidized bed gasification technology and indicated that each coal achieved single-pass carbon conversions of between 96% and 99.5%.

The test results will be used by TUTEN’s project sponsor to proceed with its project development activities using local, low grade, low cost lignite that is unsuitable for conventional power generation.

Synthesis Energy has teamed with TUTEN and Slovakia-based Istroenergo Group to build a conceptual-level design application for 50MW and 100MW size power generation modules for the lignite fuel project.

The plant design employs coal gasification and aeroderivative power generation, integrating SES’ technology for synthesis gas production and would support a General Electric LM2500+G4 aeroderivative gas turbine in combined cycle for 50MW to 100MW power capacity.

Synthesis Energy Systems president and CEO Robert Rigdon said, "The high carbon conversion of these Turkish lignite coals gives us added confidence that small-scale power plants based on coal feedstocks of this nature will have wide applications in many parts of the world."

GE Power & Water Aeroderivative Gas Turbines president and CEO Darryl Wilson said the LM2500+G4 turbine, capable of producing more than 36MW of power, brings industrial and independent power producers power generation reliability and availability.

"With its flexibility to operate on a variety of fuel types such as coke oven gas, landfill gas and syngas, such as in this case, produced from low grade lignite coal, the LM2500+G4 is the ideal engine choice for this type of power plant design," he added.