FREE: Flexible eneRgy vEctors of the futurE

The overall objective of this project is to solve the challenge of load flexibility with fuel flexibility. To achieve this goal we will undertake a global study about future energy vectors and how to integrate them into a smooth, profitable, and environmentally friendly power production. Using a holistic approach, this project will focus on two intrinsically related aspects: the flexible use of various fuels in the context of a sustainable conversion cycle (see Figure below), and the study of the conversion of existing units towards CO2 capture. Combining the study of both aspects provides a higher level of synergy and a more integrated approach towards the primary objective.

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Combining the expertise of 5 universities (ULB, UGent, UCL, UMONS, and VUB), we will investigate different energy streams and study their potential synergies at the system level, including energy storage.

Some concepts underlying this project are provided in this presentation.

The project is supported by Engie Electrabel and FNRS.


Dissemination and visibility

Articles

  • Simone Giorgetti, Laurent Bricteux, Alessandro Parente, Francesco Contino, Ward De Paepe
    Carbon Clean Combined Heat and Power Production from micro Gas Turbines: Thermodynamic Analysis of Different Scenarios, Energy Procedia (2018), Accepted for publication.
  • Maxime Pochet, Ida Truedsson, Fabrice Foucher, Hervé Jeanmart, Francesco Contino
    Ammonia Hydrogen Blends in Homogeneous-Charge Compression-Ignition Engine, SAE Technical Paper 2017-24-0087 (2017). http://papers.sae.org/2017-24-0087/
  • Simone Giorgetti, Laurent Bricteux, Alessandro Parente, Julien Blondeau, Francesco Contino, Ward De Paepe
    Carbon capture on micro gas turbine cycles: Assessment of the performance on dry and wet operations, Applied Energy, 207 (2017) 243-253. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2017.06.090
  • Simone Giorgetti, Ward De Paepe, Laurent Bricteux, Alessandro Parente, Francesco Contino
    Carbon Capture on a micro gas turbine: assessment of the performance, Energia Procedia, 105 (2017) 4046-4052. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2017.03.854
  • Maxime Pochet, Véronique Dias, Hervé Jeanmart, Sebastian Verhelst, Francesco Contino
    Multifuel CHP HCCI engine towards flexible power-to-fuel: numerical study of operating range, Energia Procedia, 105 (2017) 1532-1538. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2017.03.468
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    Oral presentations

  • ICE2017 - 13th International Conference on Engines & Vehicles, Capri (Italy), September 10-14, 2017
    Ammonia-Hydrogen blends in Homogeneous-Charge Compression-Ignition Engine, Maxime Pochet, Ida Truedsson, Fabrice Foucher, Hervé Jeanmart, Francesco Contino.
  • 9th International Conference on Applied Energy – ICAE2017, Cardiff (Wales), August 21-24, 2017
    Carbon Clean Combined Heat and Power Production from micro Gas Turbines: Thermodynamic Analysis of Different ScenariosSimone Giorgetti, Laurent Bricteux, Alessandro Parente, Francesco Contino, Ward De Paepe.
  • 39th Task Leader Meeting - IEA TCP for Clean and Efficient Combustion, Baiona (Spain), June 18-22, 2017
    Investigation of a carbon-free HCCI engine: the case of hydrogen-ammonia blends, Maxime Pochet, Véronique Dias, Hervé Jeanmart, Francesco Contino, Ida Truedsson, Fabrice Foucher.
  • Renewable Energy Sources - Research and Business (RESRB) 2017, Poland, June 19-22, 2017
     Contribution of chemical storage to the future energy networks, Véronique Dias, Simone Giorgetti, Maxime Pochet, Svend Bram, Laurent Bricteux, Sebastian Verhelst, Julien Blondeau, Hervé Jeanmart, Francesco Contino, Alessandro Parente.
  • 8th International Conference on Applied Energy - ICAE2016, Beijing (China), October 8-11, 2016
    Multifuel CHP HCCI engine towards flexible power-to-fuel: numerical study of operating range, Maxime Pochet, Véronique Dias, Hervé Jeanmart, Sebastian Verhelst, Francesco Contino.
    Carbon Capture on a micro gas turbine: assessment of the performance, Simone Giorgetti, Ward De Paepe, Laurent Bricteux, Alessandro Parente, Francesco Contino.
  • 38th Task Leaders Meeting - IEA TCP for Clean and Efficient Combustion, Ruka (Finland), June 26-30, 2016
    Multifuel CHP with homogeneous charge compression ignition engine, Maxime Pochet, Véronique Dias, Hervé Jeanmart, Francesco Contino, Sebastian Verhelst.
  • 24th Journées d’Etude of the Belgian Section of the Combustion Institute, Louvain-La-Neuve, May 19-20, 2016
    CONCERT Project - CarbON CapturE Ready gas Turbine, Simone Giorgetti, Ward de Paepe, Francesco Contino, Laurent Bricteux, Alessandro Parente.
    Numerical assessment of the operating range for a multi-fuel HCCI engine: hydrogen, ammonia, methane and methanol, Maxime Pochet, Véronique Dias, Hervé Jeanmart, Francesco Contino.
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    Poster Presentations

  • Smartcats 3rd general meeting & workshop on smart energy carriers in industry, Prague (Czech Republic), October 25-27, 2017
    Experimental HCCI engine using ammonia and hydrogen, Maxime Pochet, Ida Truedsson, Fabrice Foucher, Hervé Jeanmart, Francesco Contino.
  • 9th International Conference on Applied Energy – ICAE 2017, Cardiff (Wales), August 26-29, 2017
    Electricity storage needs for the energy transition: an EROI based analysis, Gauthier Limpens, Hervé Jeanmart.
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2017, Charlotte (USA), June 25-30, 2017
     Carbon Clean - Flexible energy production using micro gas turbines: assessment of the performances, Simone Giorgetti, Laurent Bricteux, Alessandro Parente, Francesco Contino, Ward De Paepe.
  • European Combustion Meeting 2017, Dubrovnik (Croatia), April 18-21, 2017
    Next Generation Combined Heat And Power HCCI Engines Operated On Hydrogen And Ammonia From Power-To-Fuel Storage System, Maxime Pochet, Ida Truedsson, Fabrice Foucher, Hervé Jeanmart, Francesco Contino.
  • 4th UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event, London (UK), March 27-28, 2017 Carbon Clean - Flexible energy production using micro gas turbines: assessment of the performances, Simone Giorgetti, Laurent Bricteux, Alessandro Parente, Francesco Contino, Ward De Paepe.
  • SCOT Conference, Brussels, June 29, 2016
    CONCERT Project, Simone Giorgetti, Laurent Bricteux, Alessandro Parente, Francesco Contino, Ward De Paepe.
  • Sustainable Energy Week, Brussels, June 13-17, 2016
    CONCERT Project, Simone Giorgetti, Laurent Bricteux, Alessandro Parente, Francesco Contino, Ward De Paepe.
  • Pôle Hainuyer, Charleroi, April 19, 2016
    Développement de nouveaux modes de combustion propre et à haut rendement à partir de différents types de carburants non conventionnels, 3rd Prize for the Best Poster, Simone Giorgetti, Maxime Pochet, Steven Tipler, Axel Coussement, Ward De Paepe, Laurent Bricteux, Hervé Jeanmart, Francesco Contino, Alessandro Parente.
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    Press Release

    https://www.rtbf.be/info/societe/detail_des-universites-belges-s-unissent-pour-travailler-au-stockage-d-energie-renouvelable?id=9386237
    http://www.levif.be/actualite/sciences/des-universites-belges-s-unissent-pour-travailler-au-stockage-d-energie-renouvelable/article-normal-541685.html
    http://www.flanderstoday.eu/innovation/researchers-take-ups-and-downs-out-renewable-energy
    https://uclouvain.be/fr/sciencetoday/actualites/free-assurer-une-distribution-d-rsquo-energie-renouvelable-en-toute-saison.html
     

    Video

    Les Eclaireurs (RTBF) - Interview (20/01/2018) - Prof. Alessandro Parente (ULB) and Prof. Francesco Contino (VUB)
    https://www.rtbf.be/lapremiere/article/detail_les-eclaireurs-burn-les-recherches-conjointes-ulb-vub-sur-les-nouveaux-modes-de-combustion-avc-neuromodulation-et-robotique?id=9815326