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

Descripción del proyecto

Modernizar las centrales eléctricas para un futuro más ecológico

El sector energético es responsable de dos terceras partes de las emisiones mundiales de CO2, por lo que resulta crucial para alcanzar los objetivos de reducción de emisiones y fomentar el crecimiento ecológico. Sin embargo, el carácter intermitente de las abundantes fuentes de energía renovables, como la eólica y la solar, crea un desajuste con los picos de demanda energética. Sin soluciones de almacenamiento a gran escala disponibles, se necesitan urgentemente capacidades de respalda alternativas. En este contexto, el equipo del proyecto TURBO-REFLEX, financiado con fondos europeos, readaptará las centrales térmicas con tecnologías avanzadas que permitan un funcionamiento flexible sin comprometer su vida útil, coste o emisiones. Al reducir los requisitos de carga mínima, aumentar las tasas de crecimiento y disminuir los costes por ciclo, TURBO-REFLEX posibilitará sistemas energéticos estables y resilientes y, además, fomentará una mayor cuota de energías renovables.

Objetivo

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.

Convocatoria de propuestas

H2020-LCE-2016-2017

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Convocatoria de subcontratación

H2020-LCE-2017-RES-CCS-RIA

Régimen de financiación

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinador

GENERAL ELECTRIC DEUTSCHLAND HOLDING GMBH
Aportación neta de la UEn
€ 290 000,00
Dirección
BLEICHSTRASSE 64-66
60313 Frankfurt Am Main
Alemania

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Región
Hessen Darmstadt Frankfurt am Main, Kreisfreie Stadt
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Enlaces
Coste total
€ 621 141,25

Participantes (29)