The 14th Annual APGTF Workshop - 'The Role of Fossil Fuel Power Plant in Providing Flexible Generation'
The 2014 APGTF Workshop, held on the 12 & 13 March, covered a complex set of challenges around the key issue of power plant flexibility through a mix of keynote talks, technical presentations and panel discussions. An attendance of 124 delegates across both days ensured a lively debate on the topics discussed which included: What is the future role of fossil fuels (coal, natural gas and indeed shale gas) in providing such flexible generation? How might it do this while meeting a 'low-carbon' requirement? How might alternative fuels, approaches and technologies increase future options for fossil fuels? What are the RD&D challenges?
Presentations and panel discussion reports from the Workshop are now available to view and download here.
The Advanced Power Generation Technology Forum (APGTF) is an industry-led stakeholder group that is not associated with any single interest or source of funding. It provides a consistent, long-term, proactive technology focus for the power generation sector in the UK on the research, development and demonstration activities for fossil fuels, with the main focus on carbon abatement technologies (CATs) including carbon capture and storage (CCS). However, it also provides a focus for associated technologies including: large-scale fossil generation >1MW; heat, including waste heat utilisation; CHP; biomass; hydrogen production from fossil fuels; and environmental control technology.
The objectives of the APGTF are to provide the strategic focus in the UK on near-to-zero and zero emission technologies from fossil fuel, biomass and associated technologies so as to ensure that
- Strategies are developed and implemented within the UK and globally that support the UK's climate change goal of reducing CO2 emissions both within the UK and abroad
- The UK has secure, clean, affordable energy as we become increasingly dependent on imported fuels
- UK industry has the technologies to allow it to take advantage of the UK and global market opportunities that will arise in the power generation sector
- Collaboration and knowledge sharing are promoted in the power generation and energy supply sector
- There is a significant contribution to UK wealth creation
APGTF's role in the Energy Generation & Supply Knowledge Transfer Network
The Energy Generation and Supply KnowledgeTransfer Network (EG&S KTN) was established by the Technology Strategy Board in 2009 to promote greater collaboration and knowledge sharing within the energy sector. The aim of the EG&S KTN is to make the power generation and energy supply arena easier to navigate and provide a 'one stop shop' for all working within a sector where grant funding and knowledge sharing opportunities are provided by a range of different organisations.
The main priority areas currently covered by the EG&S KTN include: carbon abatement technologies for fossil fuels; offshore wind, wave, tidal and solar renewable energy sources; nuclear power; fuel cells and hydrogen systems; oil and gas extraction technologies; and future and emerging energy opportunities.
The APGTF was selected as the delivery partner within the EG&S KTN for carbon abatement technologies for fossil fuels. This activity has played a significant role in helping develop our links with the wider community engaged in innovation both in the UK and overseas, other business sectors and networks and will also highlight funding opportunities for our members.
The Technology Strategy Board has decided to restructure its knowledge transfer activities from April 2014, with a single organisation taking over the roles of the 13 existing KTNs. The 'energy community' that has been nurtured by the EG&S KTN over the last five years (and has grown to over 5,000 individuals) will form a key part of the new organisation, and the APGTF looks forward to continuing to work with this community – particularly those engaging with carbon abatement technologies for fossil fuels.
For more information on the KTN visit this link.
Please note: It is important that you register individually for the KTN to ensure you receive all information on events, funding opportunities, etc. To do so, please register here.