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Power Generation: Engineering Challenges of a Low Carbon Future

CCOPPS: Power Generation: Engineering Challenges of a Low Carbon Future



Climate change issues have combined with the other aspects of Government Energy Policy across the world to create some significant challenges for the Power industry.  For example, in the UK these challenges include achieving a 60% reduction in CO2 by 2050, whilst ensuring security of energy supplies, which are affordable, all within a competitive market framework.  This means that the Power Industry has to work hard to find new ways of delivering energy to a wide range of Industrial and Retail customers.  In addition, there are significant challenges associated with developing new technologies that are delivered on time and are technically effective, thereby mitigating the risk associated with the retirement of current plant and the need to reduce emissions.  These challenges have prompted an upsurge in R&D activities and this webinar touched on some of the more tangible projects and issues.

Some examples are provided of challenging engineering problems that have arisen during this period, which illustrate the difficulty associated with correlating simulation models against test or service data.  Future R&D issues are also described, with a particular focus on aspects of clean coal technology, which offers significant benefits in terms of increased efficiency and subsequent reductions in CO2 emissions from conventional fossil fired plant.

Crucial to a successful outcome of this challenging future is the development of a new generation of engineers and scientists, who are able to operate in a rapidly changing world wide market.  The CCOPPS project clearly provides valuable support to the development of such staff.  


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Welcome, Introduction and CCOPPS Project Update
Jim Wood, University of Strathclyde

Power Generation: Engineering Challenges of a Low Carbon Future
Andy Morris, E.ON Engineering UK

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1 This webinar is the fourth in a series of four sponsored by the CCOPPS project, which is funded by the EU under the Leonardo initiative. The project is focussed on the development of the competence of users of FEA in the power and pressure systems industry. The project partners are the University of Strathclyde, University of Malta, University of Stuttgart, Technical University of Warsaw, CETIM and NAFEMS.


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Andy Morris

Andy Morris Andy Morris is a Mechanical Engineer and currently works for E.ON Engineering UK as Technical Head of Integrity. E.ON is the world’s largest investor-owned power and gas company and is committed to the development and support of technologies that result in increased efficiency and reliability of power plant and related systems, thereby supporting commitments to emissions reductions.

He has responsibility for the structural integrity of a range of power plant including Boiler pressure parts, Steam and Gas turbines and more lately Wind turbines for both internal and external customers. This covers managing technical teams and providing consultancy support to address plant problems. In addition, Andy is involved in R&D projects associated with the life assessment of power plant and currently provides industrial supervision for several research post graduates.

Over the past 20 years he has specialised in the stress analysis and integrity assessment of a variety of structures, and prior to joining E.ON Engineering these included rail traction, electrical generators and naval nuclear PWR’s.

Andy has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham Trent University and is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). He is also a member of the IMechE Power Division Board and Academic Standards Committee and a member of a number of University Industry-Academic Boards. Andy is also a member of the NAFEMS Education and Training Working Group.


Dr. Jim Wood

Dr. Jim WoodDr. Jim Wood, leader of the CCOPPS project, is a senior member of staff in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. In addition to wide research interests, he has provided consultancy in the PV area for some 30 years and also taught FEA for 10 years on an MSc in PV Design. Particular interests include finite element analysis of pressure vessels and the modelling and fatigue assessment of welded components. He has been a member of NAFEMS since its formation and is currently a member of Council, as well as member of the ETWG, assessor for the Registered Analyst Scheme and on the organizing Committee for the NAFEMS World Congress Series.

A Chartered Engineer, Fellow of several professional bodies and a NAFEMS Registered Analyst at advanced level.