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Current Projects

Listed below are the current major GTRC projects

FLEXIS

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FLEXIS (Flexible Integrated Energy Systems) is a £24 million research operation designed to develop an energy systems research capability in Wales which will build on the world class capability that already exists in Welsh Universities. GTRC FLEXIS activities are covered by Work Packages 2, 3 and 4…

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Storage of Ammonia For Energy (SAFE) - AGT Pilot

EPSRC - EP/T009314/1

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A hydrogen economy has been the focus of researchers and developers over the decades. However, the complexity of moving and storing hydrogen has always been a major obstacle to deploy the concept. Therefore, other materials can be employed to improve handling whilst reducing cost over long distances and long periods. Ammonia, a highly hydrogenated molecule, can be used to store and distribute hydrogen easily, as the molecule has been employed for more than 120 years for fertilizer purposes. Being a carbon-free chemical, ammonia (NH3) has the potential to support a hydrogen transition thus decarbonising transport, power and industries…

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Assessing aViation emission Impact on local Air quality at airports: TOwards Regulation

H2020 - AVIATOR (814801)

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Emissions from aircraft have adverse effects on the air quality in and around airports, contributing to public health concerns within neighboring communities. AVIATOR will adopt a multi-level measurement, modelling and assessment approach to develop an improved description and quantification of the relevant aircraft engine emissions, and their impact on air quality under different climatic conditions. Engine particulate and gaseous emissions in a test cell and on-wing from an in-service aircraft will be measured to determine pollutant plume evolution from the engine and APU exhaust. This will provide an enhanced understanding of primary emitted pollutants, specifically the nvPM and vPM (down to 10nm), and the scalability between the regulatory test cell and real environments…


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Tracer-free, non-intrusive, time- and space-resolved temperature and scalar measurements

EPSRC - EP/T030801/1

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The growth in air transport, and the need for base and balance thermal power in an electricity-powered future centres creates a pressing need for low emission, high efficiency gas turbines, particularly regarding NO, CO and soot. The key variables determining the production of these pollutants in the product gases are the local instantaneous product gas temperature and the local fuel fraction. The large fluctuations in gas temperature, and the exponential dependence of pollutant production on temperature means that predictions of NO, CO and soot in combustion are not possible without suitable accurate statistics of instantaneous local temperature measurements. Yet there are very few such measurements in practical devices to validate models. Local instantaneous temperature measurements in high pressure radiant devices require optical techniques which are rather complex for industrial laboratories. This proposal aims to extend a much simpler technique for the purpose to allow tracer free local measurements of temperature, pressure and water vapour…

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FLExibilize combined cycle power plant through power-to-X solutions using non-CONventional Fuels

H2020 - FLEXnCONFU (884157)

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The use of alternative carbon-free fuels in existing power plants and a high penetration of renewable energy sources into the grid are required in order to meet EU 2030 and 2050 climate and energy goals. As such, combined-cycle gas turbine plants represent a crucial technology with the required flexibility to compensate for the intermittency of renewable energy sources like wind and solar. The EU-funded FLEXnCONFU project will develop innovative, economical, viable and replicable power-to-X-to-power solutions to be integrated to existing and new power plant to level the load, and to un-tap their flexibility, converting electricity into hydrogen or ammonia to be in turn locally re-used in the same power plant to respond to varying demand, thus reducing time their environmental impact. A 1MW scale power-to-hydrogen-to-power system will be integrated in a real operational environment in Portugal (EDP’s Ribatejo power plant) while a small-scale power-to-ammonia-to-power solutions will be coupled with a mGT properly modified to burn ammonia in Savona Smart Microgrid laboratory…

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Research of Aviation PM Technologies, mOdelling and Regulation

H2020 - RAPTOR (863969)

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Aviation contributes to air pollution via particulate matter (PM) emissions, which are solid particles and liquid droplets released by aircraft in the air. This affects public health inside the airports and in the adjacent areas. The EU-funded RAPTOR project will coordinate the efforts of a wide range of stakeholders to concentrate and exploit related research made at a European level. The project aims to increase our understanding of the potential impact PM emissions have on public health. In addition, it will investigate the relationship between noise and emissions, and elaborate new methods to measure exhaust emissions…

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