ECCSEL – European Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Laboratory Infrastructure
Dr. Morten Grønli
Carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) is identified as a future key technology for reducing emissions from fossil fuels. Global demand is large, in particular from emerging economies. However, further research and technological development is urgently needed if CCS is to become viable and cost-effective. The mission of ECCSEL is to form a pan-European distributed CCS Research Infrastructure (RI). The ECCSEL laboratories will provide an integrated foundation for the experimental research needed to bring forward improved CCS-technologies. ECCSEL will help to maintain Europe at the CCS forefront, increase the attractiveness of the European Research Area and optimize the value of the Community financial support.
IFMIF – International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility
Dr. Roland Heidinger
»Engineering Design and Engineering Validation Activities for IFMIF
The International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility (IFMIF) is projected to provide an accelerator- based, D-Li neutron source to produce high energy neutrons at sufficient intensity and irradiation volume to allow simulating the first wall neutron spectrum of the future nuclear fusion reactors as closely as possible. By providing the same nuclear responses which affect the material behaviour under irradiation, engineering data will be generated for setting-up DEMO design rules for “End-of-Life” conditions. Further, materials and sub-components will be tested prior to approval for application in Power Plants. Currently, Engineering Validation and Engineering Design Activities are being performed by the IFMIF/EVEDA project in the framework of the Broader Approach agreement between EURATOM and Japan to validate the continuous and stable operation of the IFMIF subsystems. An Intermediate IFMIF Engineering Design report is to be issued in 2013.
RIEEB – Research Infrastructures for Energy Efficiency in Buildings
Mr. Jose Maria Campos Dominguez
The construction sector is the highest energy consumer in EU (about 40%) and main contributor to GHG emissions (about 36% of the EU’s total CO2 emissions). Therefore the EC sets clear goals for 2020 for buildings: to be nearly zero energy. Experimental research infrastructures play an increasing role in the advancement of knowledge, technology and their exploitation, contributing therefore to the achievement of the mentioned goals for construction sector.These infrastructures shall contribute to (1) the implementation of Europe-wide harmonised and standardised labelling system, (2) cross national analysis of construction solutions to increase energy performance of buildings, (3) validation of design and assessment models through analysis under real conditions to increase reliability of simulation software and labelling and (4) increase the cross-national networking activities of the industrial construction sector by providing a unified, European-wide network of experimental facilities.
WINDSCANNER – WindScanner.eu – A new Mobile Facility for Wind Energy and Turbulence Research
Mr Søren Knudsen
The new WindScanner.eu facility is a unique, distributed and mobile research infrastructure that will provide fundamentally new knowledge about the wind and will lead to more efficient, stronger and lighter wind turbines. DTU Wind Energy have been leading the development of the new mobile energy research infrastructure. The Danish Agency for Science Technology and Innovation has supported the establishment of the national facility. DTU will host and coordinate the establishment of the corresponding joint European research infrastructure now under preparation. The mobile 3-D remote sensing wind scanners will be deployed and operated by (currently) seven large renewable energy research organizations, all members of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA), but also in close collaboration with SMEs.The aim is to collaborate scientifically with initially the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, Colorado http://www.nrel.gov) and Wind & Water Power Technologies, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico http://www.sandia.gov). They both have an outstanding knowledge in the field of wind energy, especially wind turbine testing and scaled and instrumented test wind turbines.