At a glance
- DatesAugust 2013 – February 2018
- SponsorEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
- Funded£1,997,000 (total)
- PartnersFive other UK universities and 13 companies / institutes
Reducing CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050 requires a rapid growth in electricity generation from intermittent renewable energy sources. This places operational flexibility demands – varying power output to reflect demand – on conventional fossil fuel plant. Fuel flexibility (the ability to run on a range of fuels) and greater efficiency are also required if emissions are to be reduced.
The near £2 million Flex-E-Plant project was conceived to improve understanding of the complex relationship between plant efficiency, fuel flexibility, plant flexibility, component life and economic viability. It is addressing control and combustion processes, materials and coatings in higher temperature / aggressive environments, and modelling for system optimisation.