18th IFRF Members’ Conference took place at Kardinal-Döpfner-Haus in Freising, Germany at 1-3 June 2015. The conference attended 77 participants from Europe, as well as from the US, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Egypt.
The conference was opened by Leonardo Tognotti, IFRF Superintendent of Research, and followed by Tomasz Klajny - IFRF Director’s presentation, both about the update of the IFRF research, interests and services. The morning session also included two keynote lectures by Nick Syred talking about interactions of swirling flows with combustion, and Wiebren de Jong from TU Delft exploring the subject of thermo-chemical biomass conversion featuring Brisk project activities and achievements. The main topic of the two parallel sessions of the day were Emissions (Session A) and Gasification and Pyrolysis (Session B).
The second day was opened with a keynote lecture by Gerald Schmidt from (ALSTOM Boiler Deutschland GmbH) talking about flexible coal fired boilers. The morning sessions were concerned with Equipment and Facilities (Session C) as well as Oxy-gas (Session D). After lunch there was lunched Session E: Biomass and parallel sessions of oxy-coal workshop, which also continued on Wednesday (together with conference sessions F-H). The meeting was closed with a keynote lecture by Filip Verplaetsen (KU Leuven/Adinex) on assessing explosion risk in oxy-coal combustion systems.
The conference was accompanied by 2 days (2-3 June) Oxycoal workshop.