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Highly Efficient Super Critical ZERO eMission Energy System

Objective

Wind and sun will be central energy sources of a climate neutral Europe 2050, bringing with them the need to balance weather dependent differences between supply and load. Conventional gas turbines can fulfill this task also for longer periods even well as they can stabilize the grid with their capability of quick start/stop. However, their efficiency is limited and – even if burning climate neutral hydrocarbons – they still produce local emissions. HERMES overcomes these limitations and advances gas turbine technology to the future-proof level by creating a reliable, flexible, zero-emission solution for energy supply with long term impact at EU level.

HERMES develops and assesses the first highly efficient closed-loop supercritical zero emission energy system. It is based on directly fired supercritical gas turbine engine operating on locally synthesized renewable liquid and gaseous fuels (e.g. methanol or hydrogen) coupled with decentralized carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS). The carrier medium is highly dense supercritical carbon dioxide or xenon demanding less compression power. Therefore, and because of operating at high pressure conditions (above 150 bar), the system achieves significantly higher efficiency (above 65%) than today’s gas turbines. By utilizing pure oxygen for fuel oxidation, and by capturing bulky flow of exhaust products (H2O and/or CO2) and reusing them for fuel synthesis, the system produces virtually no pollutants. A detailed assessment of the HERMES approach will be done using experimental and computational approaches and dynamic simulation tools including digital twins and machine learning.

The 36-month project will be realized by an 11-partner consortium including 3 SMEs with expertise in renewable energy, combustion, techno-economics and socio-political science. Hermes will pave the way to a major breakthrough in the understanding of fundamentals of combustion in supercritical fluids with zero emission of any pollutants.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE
Net EU contribution
€ 574 700,00
Address
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
Netherlands

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Region
Oost-Nederland Overijssel Twente
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00

Participants (7)

ETHNICON METSOVION POLYTECHNION
Greece
Net EU contribution
€ 372 750,00
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
157 80 Athina

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Κεντρικός Τομέας Αθηνών Aττική Αττική
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
EXERGIA ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT CONSULTANTS AE
Greece
Net EU contribution
€ 248 875,00
Address
15 Voukourestiou Str
106 71 Athina

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Κεντρικός Τομέας Αθηνών Aττική Αττική
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
TEC4FUELS
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 283 750,00
Address
Kaiserstrasse 100
52134 Herzogenrath

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Nordrhein-Westfalen Köln Städteregion Aachen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
OWI SCIENCE FOR FUELS GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 265 210,00
Address
Kaiserstrasse 100
52134 Herzogenrath

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Region
Nordrhein-Westfalen Köln Städteregion Aachen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
CENTRE EUROPEEN DE RECHERCHE ET DEFORMATION AVANCEE EN CALCUL SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Net EU contribution
€ 293 750,00
Address
Avenue G Coriolis 42
31057 Toulouse Cedex

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Occitanie Midi-Pyrénées Haute-Garonne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
OPRA ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS BV
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 140 625,00
Address
Haaksbergerstraat 71
7554 PA Hengelo

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Oost-Nederland Overijssel Twente
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
POLITECHNIKA WROCLAWSKA
Poland
Net EU contribution
€ 415 000,00
Address
Wybrzeze Wyspianskiego 27
50-370 Wroclaw

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00

Partners (3)

PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUT
Switzerland
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Forschungstrasse 111
5232 Villigen Psi

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Region
Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Nordwestschweiz Aargau
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne

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Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Région lémanique Vaud
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London

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Region
London Inner London — West Westminster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
No data