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

Descrizione del progetto

Ammodernare le centrali elettriche per un futuro più verde

Il settore energetico globale è responsabile di due terzi delle emissioni di CO2, il che lo rende cruciale per raggiungere gli obiettivi di riduzione delle emissioni e promuovere una crescita verde. La natura intermittente delle fonti abbondanti di energia rinnovabile, come l’eolico e il solare, crea tuttavia uno squilibrio con i picchi di domanda energetica. In assenza di soluzioni di accumulo su larga scala, servono urgentemente capacità di backup alternative. In questo contesto, il progetto TURBO-REFLEX, finanziato dall’UE, prevede l’ammodernamento delle centrali termiche con tecnologie avanzate che consentono un funzionamento flessibile senza compromettere la durata, i costi o le emissioni. Riducendo i requisiti di carico minimo, aumentando i tassi di rampa e riducendo i costi per ciclo, TURBO-REFLEX apre la strada a sistemi energetici stabili e resilienti, promuovendo al contempo quote più elevate di energia rinnovabile.

Obiettivo

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.

Invito a presentare proposte

H2020-LCE-2016-2017

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Bando secondario

H2020-LCE-2017-RES-CCS-RIA

Meccanismo di finanziamento

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinatore

GENERAL ELECTRIC DEUTSCHLAND HOLDING GMBH
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 290 000,00
Indirizzo
BLEICHSTRASSE 64-66
60313 Frankfurt Am Main
Germania

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Regione
Hessen Darmstadt Frankfurt am Main, Kreisfreie Stadt
Tipo di attività
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Collegamenti
Costo totale
€ 621 141,25

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