Projects: Projects for Investigator
|Title||Virtual Plant Demonstration Model|
|Energy Categories||Other Power and Storage Technologies 20%;
Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Coal, Coal combustion) 30%;
Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(CO2 Capture and Storage, CO2 capture/separation) 20%;
Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Oil and gas combustion) 30%;
|Research Types||Applied Research and Development 100%|
|Science and Technology Fields||ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY 100%|
|UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation||Not Cross-cutting 100%|
Dr M (Mark ) Donne
No email address given
Alstom Power Ltd
|Start Date||01 January 2002|
|End Date||01 August 2002|
|Total Grant Value||£22,990|
|Investigators||Principal Investigator||Dr M (Mark ) Donne , Alstom Power Ltd (99.998%)|
|Other Investigator|| Project Contact , E.ON UK (formerly PowerGen) (0.001%)
Project Contact , University of Ulster (0.001%)
Foresight s Advanced Power Generation Task Force has recommended that an initiative should be undertaken to produce a Virtual Plant Demonstration Model. The Stepping Stones to Sustainability report of the Foresight s Energy and Natural Environment Panel recommends a priority area for R and D on low and close-to-zero emission power generation ; a realistic VPDM will be a key tool in ensuring the UK can successfully develop fossilfuelled commercial plant that delivers this.
The VPDMshould reduce the need for full-scale demonstrations of advanced power station technologies, which for large plant typically cost 100 s million and should also reduce commissioning times for new plant. It will also help in the development of new technologies and assist in avoiding deadend developments. Finally, it will be of benefit to existing plant by being able to model new technology upgrades, which couldbe a major business in some ma rkets where existing coal plant could become marginalised.
Specific objectives are:
The UK has a track record of power plant development and operation that is second to none. However the UK has at times fallen down on getting these developments into the market place; the ABGC and some IGCC designs are examples of this. In the case of GTs, new developments have been pushed through into the market place but often they have been accompanied by major commissioning, operation and maintenance problems that have threatened their economic viability. A way round these problems isto have major demonstration programmesbut these are extremely costly for large plant and difficult to fund.
Another major stumbling block for new plant, particularly coal plant, is getting authorisation and public acceptance to build it whatever the technology. This is true for large demonstrationplant, for commercial plant and for major upgrades to existingcoal plant.
The Advanced Power Generation Task Force of the Foresight programme has recognised these difficultiesand has proposed the development of a Virtual Plant Demonstration Model (VPDM) as a way of helping to ensure that new technologies are successful in getting into the market place in the future. It is envisaged that a future VPDM will provide an integrated software environment which will allow the full potential for whole-plant software modelling to be realised, such that UK industry can provide competitive power plant solutions with significantly reduced development costs, with significantlyreduc ed risk and with a cost-competitive final product. This would be applicable to new plant technologies both for existing plant and future plant.
|Publications||DTI (2002) Power Plant Modelling Virtual Plant Demonstration Model: Project Summary 336. DTI Cleaner Coal Technology Programme, DTI/Pub FES 02/1525, DTI, UK (PDF 507 KB)
DTI (2002) Virtual Plant Demonstration Project: Project Profile 318. DTI Cleaner Coal Technology Programme, URN 02/636, DTI, UK (PDF 228 KB)
|Added to Database||01/01/07|