The DP700 project is supporting the development of an advanced high-efficiency power plant that will deliver steam temperatures up to 700°C and enable a reduction in CO2 emissions. Such systems go beyond the limits of current design principles and, by consolidating the knowledge and experience of the project partners, DP700 aims to give EU companies a competitive edge in the construction of the next generation of power plants.

Improving efficiency and reducing emissions are ongoing aims for any combustion plant operator. By shifting to 700°C operating temperatures, often called hyper super critical (HSC) or advanced ultra-super critical (A-USC) conditions, pulverised fuel fire plant is able to reach 50-55% net (LHV) efficiency thereby decreasing the specific power plant CO2 emissions.

Researchers at Cranfield are collaborating closely with EU partners to develop this next generation of plants, and mitigate the large technical and commercial risks associated with moving to operating conditions that fall outside of current design standards.

The project draws on EU wide experience with high temperature boiler materials and component design and manufacture. Consolidating this significant network of knowledge will support the design, build and operation of a full scale 1,000 MW demonstration plant under a follow on project, giving EU companies a head start in new markets.