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EPSRC Reference: EP/M015351/1
Title: Opening New Fuels for UK Generation
Principal Investigator: Fennell, Dr P
Other Investigators:
Chalmers, Dr H Li, Dr J Harrison, Professor GP
Lucquiaud, Dr MS Jones, Professor JM Gibbins, Professor J
Ma, Professor L Pourkashanian, Professor M Mac Dowell, Dr N
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Dr KN Finney
Project Partners:
Alstom Group Dalkia Howden Group Technology
Orchid Environmental Limited
Department: Chemical Engineering
Organisation: Imperial College London
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 April 2015 Ends: 30 September 2018 Value (£): 1,035,606
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Energy - Conventional
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Energy
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
03 Dec 2014 Conventional Power Generation Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
This project seeks to investigate the potential for using waste materials within combustion systems within the UK in the future, and how the combustion of such wastes might affect the ability of a power station to respond to changes in electricity demand. The purpose is not to look at today's electricity system and systems of governance with respect to combustion of wastes, but to consider how a rational system would be designed that utilised all potential fuel streams (and takes into account that different wastes will contain different levels of trace elements, some of which may be quite minor). An important point is that many wastes are currently landfilled - meaning that both the energy content of the waste is lost and a bulky material ends up in landfill.

Here, we will conduct experiments looking at emissions of trace elements during combustion and co-firing (with coal) of different types of "waste" materials (for example, wood from demolition sites), together with analysis of ashes produced. The results will then be used to generate models of power plants burning wastes, and used to determine whether, for the wastes examined, the most rational use of the waste is combustion in dedicated facilities or co-combustion. It is clear that some of the wastes we will examine currently fall within the remit of the waste incineration directive (though all will be non-halogenated). We will examine whether this is scientifically valid.

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