Although phase two has at this stage a speculative element, it is important to plan this technical and commercial phase carefully.
The system’s scalability
At the technical level we have designed the CCR to be a modular base system, meaning that all the sub-systems supports are working in conjunction with one CCR and are independent of any other reactor. This feature provides the complete system with full redundancy.
As we increase the number of CCRs, the main technical challenge becomes the handling of the scrubbing and compression of the gases. A series of scrubbing systems and gas compressors handles a predetermined number of CCRs. This will also provide full scalability to store large amounts of gases which will ultimately be fed into gas powered turbines. It is estimated that we will consume in the region of 500,000 tons of coal per year.
At the commercial level, phase two is critical as we will increase the production of electricity significantly; using as many as 20 CCRs and their sub-systems. We endeavour to move forward with our current partners and investors to build our first power generation plant, totalising in excess of 500 megawatts within a CCGT power generation plant, by year 2018.