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

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

Objective

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.
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Coordinator

GENERAL ELECTRIC DEUTSCHLAND HOLDING GMBH

Address

Bleichstrasse 64-66
60313 Frankfurt Am Main

Germany

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 290 000

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ANSALDO ENERGIA SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 136 625

ANSALDO ENERGIA SWITZERLAND AG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 129 187,50

DOOSAN SKODA POWER SRO

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 500 000

GENERAL ELECTRIC (SWITZERLAND) GMBH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 610 000

MAN ENERGY SOLUTIONS SE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 418 750

MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER SYSTEMS EUROPE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 210 000

MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER SYSTEMS EUROPE LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 460 958,75

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 220 000

NATURGY ENERGY GROUP SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 174 250

ARTTIC

France

EU Contribution

€ 308 950

ASINCO GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 267 256,25

COMTES FHT AS

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 178 025

KAPELANCZYK PAWEL MICHAL

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 328 955

T - ELEKTRONIK SRO

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 40 750

CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 450 000

CESKE VYSOKE UCENI TECHNICKE V PRAZE

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 122 500

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 215 812,50

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 500 000

LINKOPINGS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 403 000

INSTYTUT MASZYN PRZEPLYWOWYCH IM ROBERTA SZEWALSKIEGO POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK - IMP PAN

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 36 250

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 220 000

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 88 000

UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 550 400

ZAPADOCESKA UNIVERZITA V PLZNI

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 282 425

SIEC BADAWCZA LUKASIEWICZ-INSTYTUTLOTNICTWA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 70 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 764545

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 October 2017

  • End date

    30 September 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 8 414 830

  • EU contribution

    € 7 212 095

Coordinated by:

GENERAL ELECTRIC DEUTSCHLAND HOLDING GMBH

Germany