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Flexible Fossil Power Plants for the Future Energy Market through new and advanced Turbine Technologies

Flexible Fossil Power Plants for the Future Energy Market through new and advanced Turbine Technologies

Objective

The share of renewable energy is growing rapidly driven by the objective to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The amount of electric power which can be supplied to the grid depends on the time of the day and weather conditions. A conventional fleet of thermal power plants is required to compensate for these fluctuations before large scale energy storage technologies will be mature and economically viable. All power market projections expect this to be the case for the next 50 years at least. For a strong expansion of renewables, this fleet has to operate flexibly at competitive cost.
Current power plants cannot fill this role immediately without impeding their efficiency and engine lifetime through increased wear and damage induced by the higher number of (shorter) operating/loading cycles. New technologies need to be introduced to balance demand peaks with renewable output fluctuations at minimal fuel consumption and emissions without negative effects on cycling operation. The FLEXTURBINE partners have developed a medium to long term technology roadmap addressing future and existing power plants. The FLEXTURBINE project presented hereafter is the first step in such technology roadmap and consists of: (1) new solutions for extended operating ranges to predict and control flutter, (2) improved sealing and bearing designs to increase turbine lifetime and efficiency by reducing degradation/damages, and (3) an improved lifecycle management through better control and prediction of critical parts to improve competitive costs by more flexible service intervals and planned downtime, and by reducing unplanned outages. In all areas, individual technologies will be developed from TRL 3 to TRL 4-6.
FLEXTURBINE brings together the main European turbine manufacturers, renowned research institutes and universities. It involves plant and transmission system operators to include user feedback and to prepare the take-up of the FLEXTURBINE technologies in power plants world-wide.

Coordinator

DOOSAN SKODA POWER SRO

Address

Tylova 1 57
301 28 Plzen

Czechia

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 562 825

Participants (24)

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GENERAL ELECTRIC (SWITZERLAND) GMBH

Switzerland

A.S.EN. ANSALDO SVILUPPO ENERGIA

Italy

ANSALDO ENERGIA SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 581 500

GENERAL ELECTRIC DEUTSCHLAND HOLDING GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 571 000

MAN ENERGY SOLUTIONS SE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 780 000

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 318 350

NUOVO PIGNONE SRL

Italy

ARTTIC

France

EU Contribution

€ 350 557,50

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 100 000

ZAPADOCESKA UNIVERZITA V PLZNI

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 145 496,25

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 247 500

UNIVERSITA DI PISA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 50 000

University of Belgrade - Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

Serbia

EU Contribution

€ 250 000

LULEA TEKNISKA UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 150 000

LINKOPINGS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 499 550

POLITECNICO DI MILANO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 126 250

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 224 958,75

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 311 806,25

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 676 125

CESKE VYSOKE UCENI TECHNICKE V PRAZE

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 181 148,75

COMTES FHT AS

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 140 528

RUHR-UNIVERSITAET BOCHUM

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 60 000

ANSALDO ENERGIA SWITZERLAND AG

Switzerland

NUOVO PIGNONE TECNOLOGIE SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 150 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 653941

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2016

  • End date

    31 March 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.2.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 10 653 882,50

  • EU contribution

    € 6 477 595,50

Coordinated by:

DOOSAN SKODA POWER SRO

Czechia