LAMD will be part of the Horizon EU project HERMES

© 2022 EPFL

© 2022 EPFL

EU awarded the HERMES project (Highly Efficient Super Critical zeRo eMission Energy System) which is a collaborative project between 11 universities throughout Europe. The project is coordinated by the University of Twente, Netherland. The LAMD will be an associated partner in this innovative project.

HERMES develops a climate-neutral, highly efficient, robust and innovative technological concept for Europe’s future energy system. It advances gas turbine technology to the future-proof level by creating a reliable, flexible zero-emission solution for energy supply with long term impact at EU level. It integrates renewable energy technologies into a single energy generation system. It combines energy production from a variety of renewable fuels with local Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage using highly efficient Gas Turbines operating at high pressure conditions (above 150 bar) and utilizing highly dense supercritical carbon dioxide or xenon as a carrier medium (low compression power demand). The system achieves efficiency above 65%, unprecedented in today’s gas turbines working in similar conditions. These capabilities/features, when developed and achieved, will lead to widespread implementation of
the technology in the backbone of Europe’s energy system.

The 36-month project will be realized by an eleven-partner consortium (including 3 SMEs) with expertise in renewable energy, combustion, techno-economics and socio-political sciences. The HERMES project will mature its technology to TRL 4. Research activities will focus on: cost-effective small scale methanol synthesis using locally stored CO2; expanding rentable fuel values chains; fundamentals of fuel/oxidizer/supercritical fluid mixing and ignition; renewable fuel combustion, stability and emissions; CFD and chemical models; digital twins and Artificial Intelligence algorithms for system integration; techno-economic, environmental and social assessments of the system benefits. HERMES will provide a breakthrough in the understanding of fundamentals of combustion
in supercritical fluids and will advances GT technology to the ultimate, future-proof level by creating a reliable, flexible zero-emission solution for energy supply with long term impact at EU level.

Funding

European Commission