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Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market. More about Horizon 2020:

 

TURBO-REFLEX
TURBOmachinery REtrofits enabling FLEXible back-up capacity for the transition of the European energy system


Project ID:

764545

Coordinator:

GENERAL ELECTRIC DEUTSCHLAND HOLDING GMBH

Partners:

ANSALDO ENERGIA SPA
COMTES FHT AS
ANSALDO ENERGIA SWITZERLAND AG
DOOSAN SKODA POWER SRO
GENERAL ELECTRIC (SWITZERLAND) GMBH
MAN DIESEL & TURBO SE
MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER SYSTEMS EUROPE GMBH
MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER SYSTEMS EUROPE LTD
SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
GAS NATURAL SDG SA
ARTTIC
ASINCO GMBH
KAPELANCZYK PAWEL MICHAL
T - ELEKTRONIK SRO
CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY
CESKE VYSOKE UCENI TECHNICKE V PRAZE
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
LINKOPINGS UNIVERSITET
INSTYTUT MASZYN PRZEPLYWOWYCH IM ROBERTA SZEWALSKIEGO POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK - IMP PAN
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE
UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART
ZAPADOCESKA UNIVERZITA V PLZNI


Start Date:

1. 10. 2017

End date:

30. 9. 2020

Budget:

8 150 416,25 EUR


Project summary:


The energy sector accounts for two thirds of the global CO2 emissions and is therefore crucial to ensure future green growth and to achieve the global emission reduction targets. Substantial reduction of CO2 emissions can only be achieved by large scale deployment of renewable energy sources, including in particular the most abundant energy sources, wind and sun. Their intermittent nature however poses significant challenges for the energy system as peak demand from the system and peak production form those intermittent sources do not overlap. As there are no large scale storage solutions available yet, other backup capacities are needed. The installed fossil capacity is large enough to provide this back-up power. However, the plants were designed for baseload operation, which results in increased wear and costs through cyclic operation and unnecessarily high emissions in the start-up phase. Providing technology upgrades to retrofit the installed power plants to enable flexible operation without penalties on life, cost and emissions is an opportunity to quickly provide the necessary backup capacity to keep the energy system stable and resilient and at the same time enabling higher renewable shares. TURBO-REFLEX will follow this approach and has selected technologies for retrofitting critical parts of thermal power plants which have already seen experimental proof-of-concept and are expected to significantly contribute to flexible operation. The technologies will reduce the minimum load, increase the ramp rates and reduce the costs per cycle. This will be achieved by new compressor designs for off-design operability, technologies in the hot gas path, in combustor and turbine, and by new materials, models and sensors to monitor and ensure the mechanical integrity in flexible operation. An integrated assessment will provide not only the technological but also the economic benefits for plant operators, thus ensuring a swift implementation of TURBO-REFLEX technologies.

 

FLEXTURBINE
Flexible Fossil Power Plants for the Future Energy Market through new and advanced Turbine Technologies


Project ID:

653941

Coordinator:

DOOSAN SKODA POWER S.R.O.

Partners:

ANSALDO ENERGIA SWITZERLAND AG
COMTES FHT AS
ANSALDO ENERGIA SPA
GENERAL ELECTRIC DEUTSCHLAND HOLDING GMBH
MAN DIESEL & TURBO SE
SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
NUOVO PIGNONE SRL
ARTTIC
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE
ZAPADOCESKA UNIVERZITA V PLZNI
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITÄT MÜNCHEN
UNIVERSITA DI PISA
University of Belgrade - Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
LULEA TEKNISKA UNIVERSITET
LINKOPINGS UNIVERSITET
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT
KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITÄT DRESDEN
CESKE VYSOKE UCENI TECHNICKE V PRAZE
RUHR-UNIVERSITÄT BOCHUM

Start date:

January 1st 2016

End date:

December 31st 2018

Budget:

9 634 573,75 EUR

Project summary:

The share of renewable energy is growing rapidly driven by the objective to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The amount of electric power which can be supplied to the grid depends on the time of the day and weather conditions. A conventional fleet of thermal power plants is required to compensate for these fluctuations before large scale energy storage technologies will be mature and economically viable. All power market projections expect this to be the case for the next 50 years at least. For a strong expansion of renewables, this fleet has to operate flexibly at competitive cost. Current power plants cannot fill this role immediately without impeding their efficiency and engine lifetime through increased wear and damage induced by the higher number of (shorter) operating/loading cycles. New technologies need to be introduced to balance demand peaks with renewable output fluctuations at minimal fuel consumption and emissions without negative effects on cycling operation. The FLEXTURBINE partners have developed a medium to long term technology roadmap addressing future and existing power plants. The FLEXTURBINE project presented hereafter is the first step in such technology roadmap and consists of: (1) new solutions for extended operating ranges to predict and control flutter, (2) improved sealing and bearing designs to increase turbine lifetime and efficiency by reducing degradation/damages, and (3) an improved lifecycle management through better control and prediction of critical parts to improve competitive costs by more flexible service intervals and planned downtime, and by reducing unplanned outages. In all areas, individual technologies will be developed from TRL 3 to TRL 4-6. FLEXTURBINE brings together the main European turbine manufacturers, renowned research institutes and universities. It involves plant and transmission system operators to include user feedback and to prepare the take-up of the FLEXTURBINE technologies in power plants world-wide.

Website:

www.flexturbine.eu

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