On the 14-15th of March 2017 delegates from the project partner Institute of Power Engineering (IEn) took part in the 44th International Flame Research Foundation (IFRF) “Topic-Orientated Technical Meeting” (TOTeM). The meeting was jointly organised by the Gas- und Wärme-Institut Essen e. V. (GWI) and IFRF, and hosted by GWI at its facilities in Essen, Germany.
TOTeM 44 focused on the subject of ‘Gaseous fuels for industry and power generation: challenges and opportunities’. The meeting covered the future of a broad range of gaseous fuels in 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 syngas in industrial furnaces or for power generation.
Two posters were presented by IEn delegates:
- ‘Leading the change towards eco-efficient furnaces’
(EC H2020 ‘VULKANO’ Project, grant agreement: 723803) by Jaroslaw Hercog, who described a novel furnace refurbishment solution including improved refractory materials, phase-change material-based energy recovery, co-firing with syngas, integrated monitoring and control, and a holistic in-house predictive tool. Demonstrations are being conducted in steel and cement sectors, with replication potential in aluminium manufacturing sector.
- ‘Replacing natural gas with syngas in the industrial furnace – CFD analysis’ (IEn as a partner in VULKANO Project) by Piotr Jóźwiak, who presented a part of the VULKANO project being undertaken by IEn, i.e. substitution of syngas for natural gas in the furnace. Piotr described the modelling activity in terms of the geometry, approach and goals. Four cases were examined: 1. base case (no syngas); 2. syngas premixed with natural gas in all burners; 3. syngas fed through two existing burners; 4. adding two extra syngas burners. The last proved best, with a best sub-case being with a low difference in Tmax.