The objective of the proposed project is to improve the research capacity of the excellence center on biomass gasification and integrated power technologies (herein referred to as the ?Center?) at TUBITAK-MRC Institute of Energy. Specifically, the Center aspires to improve its research capacity in the area of biomass energy, in order to investigate related energy conversion technologies, biomass potential assessments, fuel characterization, fuel preparation, fixed and fluidized bed gasification technolog ies, gas cleaning technologies, hydrogen-rich gas production, power generation (such as the internal combustion engine, micro turbine, fuel cell, etc.), integrated power cycles, economic and ecological evaluation of the technologies and technology transfe r. The approach for accomplishing the project objective is multi-faceted. The approach includes: project management, personnel assignments, renewal and upgrading of S& T equipment, organization of technical meetings by Center, involvement of Center st aff in EU meetings, provision of advanced training at Center, technical site visits, dissemination of information and development of a collaborative research network to address biomass energy related problems. These planned activities will benefit the Center in many ways. Existing laboratory infrastructure will be improved via renewal and upgrading of S&T equipment. The knowledge and capabilities of the Center in biomass gasification research will be enhanced with seminars, workshops, conferences , advanced training and site visits. Strategic networks and partnerships with private and public institutions in both Turkey and Europe will also be developed. The project will also increase employment opportunities for graduate students in Turkey involved in the field of biomass gasification studies and will improve the skills and potential of these young scientists involved these activities.
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