Flame­less com­bus­tion

Flameless combustion
Flame­less com­bus­tion
Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0).

Flameless combustion

Ni­tro­gen ox­ides play an un­pleas­ant role dur­ing the com­bus­tion of fos­sil fu­els. They are re­spon­si­ble for acid rain and are al­so harm­ful to the res­pi­ra­to­ry tract. DLR re­searchers have been able to demon­strate that the prin­ci­ple of flame­less com­bus­tion (‘FLOX®’, or FLame­less OX­i­da­tion) in typ­i­cal gas tur­bine con­di­tions promis­es re­li­able com­bus­tion in pow­er plants with low ni­tro­gen ox­ides emis­sions.

Nitrogen oxides play an unpleasant role during the combustion of fossil fuels. They are responsible for acid rain and are also harmful to the respiratory tract. DLR researchers have been able to demonstrate that the principle of flameless combustion (‘FLOX®’, or FLameless OXidation) in typical gas turbine conditions promises reliable combustion in power plants with low nitrogen oxides emissions.

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