Systems and methods for staged combustion are provided. One staged combustion system includes a first fuel source for supplying a first fuel having a first chemical composition, a first injector for injecting the first fuel, a second fuel source for supplying a second fuel having a second chemical composition such that a relative reactive concentration of one or more of hydrogen, carbon monoxide, a hydrocarbon, or a combination of two or more hydrocarbons, in the first chemical composition is different from that of the second chemical composition, and a second injector situated for injecting the second fuel downstream of the first injector.
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 This invention was made with Government support under contract number DE-FC26-05NT42643 awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.