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The KTH cluster of research infrastructures in sustainable thermal power generation


On-campus cooperation in energy research at KTH is largely organized via KTH Energy Center, a multidisciplinary group of over 250 professors, senior researchers, and Ph.D. students located at eight academic departments. One of Energy Center's strengths in sustainable energy research is the availability of large-scale research facilities. In particular, the center has profiled itself strongly within the discipline of thermal power generation, a critical research area within the EU with regards to meeting sus tainable environmental and growth targets. SUSPOWER features world-class facilities in three separate installations related to: (i) Innovative Combustion - research facilities cover two critical topics, namely high-temperature air combustion and catalytic combustion. These topics are linked to promising technologies for significantly improved fuel conversion efficiencies along with ultra-low NOx emissions for fossil fuels and gasified biomass or wastes. (ii) Gasification - Both atmospheric and pressurized g asifiers are available; feedstocks include biomass, wastes, and coal. (iii) Gas Turbine Technology - State-of-the-art facilities for investigating aerodynamics and aeroelasticity in gas turbine components are available, including advanced instrumentation s uch as a 3-D laser-2-focus velocimeter. Facilities allow for in-depth, targeted research in specific areas while collectively enable the possibility of broad experimental programs involving several energy conversion steps. Coupling to numerical studies (ei ther at detailed component level or system-level) is another important feature. The objective of SUSPOWER is to cluster these facilities to promote synergy effects between neighboring facilities and to open up access to researchers across Europe. A total o f 510 experimental days will be offered to external users for the 36 month period, and each visit is expected to encompass 15 experimental days.

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