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1 European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation Programme

Update
From the IFRF office
Contributed by Phil Sharman
Sheffield, Monday 20th February 2017

With most of the 2017 Calls under Horizon 2020 Programme now closed for proposals, attention in the EC and the EU’s 28 Member States is turning to the foci for the final three years of this seven-year Programme.  Early consultation is now underway on the possible structure and contents of the 2018-2019 and 2020 work programmes, and no doubt IFRF Members will be watching with keen interest to see what elements may be included in the Societal Challenge ‘Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy’.

Amongst seven possible elements being considered, one provisionally titled ‘Nearly zero CO2 emissions from fossil fuels’ looks to be of direct relevance to IFRF Members, and a number of possible ‘actions’ are indicative of a continuing interest in carbon capture and utilisation/storage (CCU/CCS) in both power and industrial sectors, and in flexible fossil fuel power plants integrating both ‘power-to-x’ approaches and energy storage.

 

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2 TOTeM 44: Gaseous fuels for industry and power generation: challenges and opportunities

From the GWI
Contributed by Jorg Leicher
Essen, Monday 20th February 2017

With just over three weeks to go until our 44th Topic-Orientated Technical Meeting (TOTeM), don’t forget to register!  

The meeting is being hosted by Gas- und Wärme-Institut Essen e. V. (GWI), at Hafenstrasse 101, 45356 Essen, Germany on Tuesday 14 to Wednesday 15th March  and covers the future of gaseous fuels (natural gas, biogas, syngases and hydrogen or hydrogen/natural gas mixtures).  The programme (see full details below) is organised into three sessions addressing:  natural gas quality and its impact on large-scale gas-fired equipment; the use of hydrogen or hydrogen/natural gas mixtures (e.g. in ‘power-to-gas’ applications); and the utilisation of biogas or syngases in industrial furnaces or for power generation.  There is also an opportunity to exhibit a poster and enjoy a tour of GWI’s impressive experimental facilities.

If you want to participate in this very interesting TOTeM, we recommend that you register soon and also take advantage of the ‘block booking’ at a local hotel at an excellent rate.  Further details and copy of the registration form can be found on the IFRF Calendar (http://www.calendar.ifrf.net/event.html?id=606)

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3 AFRC 2017 Industrial Combustion Symposium – Call for papers

From the IFRF office
Contributed by Phil Sharman
Sheffield, Monday 20th February 2017

The AFRC 2017 organising committee cordially invites abstracts of papers for presentation at American Flame Research Committee’s 2017 Annual Industrial Combustion Symposium.  This year’s symposium is being held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Houston, Texas, USA from 18-20th  September.

The theme of this symposium is fired process heaters used in the refining and petrochemical industry and, as at all AFRC symposia, papers are sought which explore themes in all applied industrial combustion topics (innovation, design, operation, safeguarding, trouble-shooting, etc.). Since this symposium is being held in Houston – the global centre of the oil and gas industry – AFRC are looking forward to a record response from the oil and gas industry professionals, and expect that they will contribute abstracts in large numbers.  Abstracts on other combustion and heat transfer topics are also welcome. 

The AFRC Annual Industrial Combustion Symposium is the leading North American forum to network on combustion and flame related research and industrial combustion applications.  Don’t miss this opportunity to meet your peers, display your work, receive feedback and learn from your colleagues.

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4 Combustion Industry News

From the IFRF's correspondent in Australia
From the Sydney office
Contributed by Patrick Lavery
Australia, Friday 17th February 2017

Patrick Lavery pic.jpgCombustion Industry News brings together interesting and important stories about or affecting the combustion industry, and is collated for the IFRF every fortnight by Patrick Lavery. For each news story cited, a link is provided to the original publication. Where news relates to IFRF Member Organisations, the name of the organisation appears in green with a link to the associated profile page on the IFRF website. Subscription-free article links are given in blue, and subscription-required article links in red.

If you have a news item to share, please contact Patrick Lavery.

Top story

- New carbon tax plan presented to Trump administration

Business Trends

- AGL Energy profits rise because of renewables, but lack of conventional backup generation causing headaches for Australian Energy Market Operator

Research, Development and Technology

- Siemens successfully tests first 3D printed blades for gas turbine
- Stanford study finds carbon capture and storage progress biggest hurdle to meeting Paris Agreement
- BHP Billiton working with Peking University on CCS for steelmaking

Company and Project News

- Gama Energy to be first Turkish company to install GE system for optimising power plants
- Hitachi shares fall over Mitsubishi claim over South African power stations
- Job losses to come for Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe

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