Accession Number : ADP004489

Title :   Environmental Considerations of Constructing and Operating a Polygeneration Plant at the John F. Kennedy Space Center,

Corporate Author : NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION COCOA BEACH FL JOHN F KENNEDY SPACE CENTER

Personal Author(s) : Busacca,M.

Report Date : AUG 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 7

Abstract : Liquid hydrogen for the Space Shuttle main engines is presently produced by a natural gas steam-reforming plant in New Orleans and transported to Kennedy Space Center via vacuum insulated tanker trucks. To reduce overall costs of launch operations, NASA has proposed the construction and operation of facility which would use coal to produce liquid hydrogen. This facility would also produce gaseous nitrogen, sulfuric acid, and electrical and thermal energy. This concept is called Polygeneration. There were three main environmental issues concerning the operation of this facility. They were air emissions, water emissions, and solid waste disposal. These issues have been addressed using innovative design solutions which either eliminate the emissions or produce saleable products rather than waste streams.

Descriptors :   *ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT, *MANUFACTURING, *LIQUID ROCKET FUELS, *LIQUID HYDROGEN, INDUSTRIAL PLANTS, COAL, ENERGY CONVERSION, AIR POLLUTION, WATER POLLUTION, WASTE DISPOSAL, SOLID WASTES, POLLUTION ABATEMENT, EMISSION CONTROL, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, SPACE SHUTTLES, SYMPOSIA

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE