The demand for heat and power is always with us. Industrial prosperity and society’s life style is interwoven with energy consumption. However, climate change, emission levels and the political aftershock that it has caused is here to stay (in the EU anyway). The technological demands of the “flame” are now being broadened to encompass the impact of the process, legislation and policy directives on its use. Even the word fuel has a wide range of definitions depending on its renewable or non-renewable tag. The environment is now driving the flame with emission targets ever tightening and the desire for “clean technology” rapidly growing. The industrial requirements have been evolving to take account of conversion, utilisation and efficiency, with the need to meet current and future emission targets being major concerns.
Out of this demand for the “flame” to perform to higher limits, arrives the opportunity to develop equipment, the process and the expertise such that power and knowledge is continually growing. The “flame” requires engineers and scientists to have a range of skills that can be classed as practical, experimental and theoretical modelling, being multidisciplinary in nature. The “needs” of consumer and the “seeds” grown by academia and industry allow an interchange that can create a synergetic and energetic relationship.
The catalyst is British Flame and the relationship is its members joining together, supporting and working towards a common goal for future prosperity. British Flame and IFRF provide the basis for the “flame” family, however this can only succeed through a desire to co-operate, share experiences, push the bounds of technology forward and providing advice when asked. These are the shared values that will allow British Flame and hence its members to grow and prosper.