• Clean Industrial Fuel Conversion Course kicks off in Livorno

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The course opened officially at 13.00 with an introduction by chief coordinator Professor Klaus Hein, (photographed below) and a brief address by IFRF Director Professor Leonardo Tognotti.  Then it was the turn of the students themselves who represent some ten European research institutes and a good spread of industries  – companies include Belgian Laborelec, Finnish organisations VTT and Wärtsilä, and Corus Strip Products. 

Professor Hein delivered the first academic presentation of the day on the topic Sustainable Energy Supply, Strategies, and Technology in Europe.  In the audience were certain of the speakers who will take the stage tomorrow and later in the week, and an animated discussion followed.

Tomorrow’s programme will cover Fuel Conversion, presented by Prof. Bo Leckner of Technical University Chalmers, Sweden, Combustion aerodynamics (Prof. Roman Weber, Clausthal University, Germany), as well as the topic Flame diagnostics and fuel characterisation at Laboratory/pilot scale (Prof. Nick Syred, Cardiff University, UK).  Dr. Edgardo Coda-Zabetta, Research Manager – Combustion and Materials, Foster Wheeler, Finland will address Emissions, and  Stuart Bowden of Doosan Babcock, UK will complete the day’s programme discussing Measurements on coal fired power plant furnaces and combustion test facilities.

Speakers later in the week include IFRF President Dick Waibel from John Zink Company USA, Dr. Peter Hoppesteyn of Corus NL, Dr. Ambrogio Milani of WS Germany, and Drs. Sauro Pasini and Eugen Dan Cristea of ENEL and Italcementi respectively.  Dr. B-J. Skrifvars of Abo Akademi University, Finland will deal with Slagging, fouling and corrosion whilst Prof. John Ward of the University of Glamorgan, UK will end the programme with Modelling of industrial combustion systems.

Leonardo Tognotti declared that the course had begun most positively and this augured well for the future training and development initiatives within the IFRF.

Rapt attention from delegates and speakers alike!