Open Discussion Forum
Turbine Technologies as the Back-Bone for the Energy Transition
25 September 2018
The Need for Flexible Backup Power
The share of renewable energy sources (RES) has constantly grown
over the past years and still increases rapidly. However, due to
the intermittent nature of RES, flexible backup power is needed to
ensure the stability of the grid. To date, the most suitable and
economically viable solution are conventional power plants to
fulfil this requirement.To accomplish this supporting role, existing
fossil fuel power plants and their most critical components need to
be made significantly more robust to allow for highly flexible operation.
Panel and open discussion
Apart from getting an overview about current research projects on flexibility and their initial results, the event invites to an open discussion on advanced turbine technologies and how they can contribute to the transition process towards a future low carbon energy sector. A panel discussion with experts in the field will give the opportunity to get a differentiated picture of the topic while related challenges and opportunities as well as potential political, economic and scientific implications will be discussed.
How current European Research Contributes to the Energy Transition
The European innovation projects FLEXTURBINE and TURBO-REFLEX aim
at developing innovative and cost-effective solutions to existing
and new power plants that will significantly contribute to more
flexible operation of thermal power plants. The mission of the
projects is to strongly advance state-of-the-art fossil fuel power
plant engine technology to allow flexible high load changes required
to enable higher share of sustainable renewable energy in the European
power grid. This includes individual technology component improvements
as well as new sensor and monitoring technologies that allow
condition-based maintenance and repair as well as optimised operation.
Through the solutions developed within the projects, 10% of the
installed fossil capacity could be retrofitted by 2030. With regards
to economic benefits, the solutions developed within the FLEX projects
have the potential for an annual cost reduction of 100 million EUR at
the European level.
Jiří Šmondrk – CEO Doosan Škoda Power
Jiří Šmondrk has become CEO of the company in 2010. Since 1986 he worked in the Turbine Detailed Design department and Technical Proposals department. He has been in management positions since 1992, and in 2002 he became Director of Project Execution. Subsequently, he became Director of Business and Execution and since 2005 he has been the Executive Director of the Company. He graduated from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Mechanical and Electrotechnical Engineering in Pilsen.
Ján Štuller - Government Special Envoy for Nuclear Energy
Ján Štuller Government Special Envoy for Nuclear Energy of the Czech Republic. His main responsibilities include, among others, ensuring the implementation of the approved National Action Plan for the Development of Nuclear Energy in the Czech Republic, coordination of the preparation and modification of the legislation with impact on the construction and operation of nuclear power plants, coordination of the self-government during the preparation and construction of nuclear power plants and, last but not least, negotiations on behalf of the Standing Committee on Nuclear Energy with international partners in the field of nuclear energy development, including strategic partners and co-operators. Mr Štuller has been the Director of the Nuclear Safety Assessment Department of the State Office for Nuclear Safety and previously he worked at the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Dr Michael Ladwig - President EU Turbines
Dr Michael Ladwig is an aeronautical engineer by education and has
over 32 years of professional experience in the field of gas turbines
and all types of thermal power plant technology. His experience spans
over engineering, marketing & product strategy and technical sales
support. Since 2012 he is responsible for the technology co-operations
with external research institutions globally in GE Power, as well as
the relationships with scientific associations and external funding
agencies. He represents GE Power in the board of EUTurbines, the European
association of gas and steam turbine manufacturers and was elected President of EUTurbines beginning of 2016.
Dr Alexander Wiedermann - Senior Manager Advanced Product Design & Innovation MAN Energy Solutions
Dr Alexander Wiedermann is Specialist and responsible for Advanced Product Design in the Gas Turbine Engineering Department of MAN Energy Solutions in Oberhausen, Germany.
He looks back at 30 years of professional experience in Gas Turbine Development and joined MAN in 1999 after having worked in Japan
with Takasago Research and Development Centre of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for more than 7 years.
As one of his tasks, he is engaged in organizing national and EU funding projects and is currently chairman of AG Turbo, a national turbomachinery research platform in Germany. He is member of the Executive board of both FLEXTURBINE and TURBO-REFLEX projects.
Dr Ivan Dudurych – Chartered Power System Consultant Engineer at EIRGRID, Associated Professor
Dr Ivan Dudurych has more than 35-year experience in power systems both in the Academia and in the Industry
as a professor and an engineer. His academic career involves universities in Ukraine, Poland and Ireland. Since 2003 he is with EIRGRID, where he is responsible for developing and implementing policies and tools on operational security of the synchronous system of Ireland and Northern Ireland with unprecedented level of intermittent renewable sources of energy. He is the author of more than 80 scientific and technical papers, Senior Member of IEEE, Chartered Engineer of Engineers Ireland,
member and convenor of professional bodies in IEEE and CIGRE. He represents the power industry consulting group in the FLEXTURBINE Project.
Moderation: Christa Friedl, Scientific Journalist
|10:00 - 10:15
Welcome note, Introductory presentation
10:15 - 10:30
The pathway forward for turbomachinery in Europe
10:30 - 11:00
Contemporary and future flexibility requirements for fossil fuel turbines
11:00 - 11:30
FLEXTURBINE and TURBO-REFLEX projects presentation
11:30 - 12:00
12:00 – 13:30
Panel discussion: Flexible thermal power plants for the future energy market
Jiří Šmondrk, Ján Štuller, Michael Ladwig, Alexander Wiedermann, Ivan Dudurych
End of Meeting
Venue & Registration
Mahlerovy sady 1,
130 00 Prague / Praha 3
Please register to the Open Discussion Forum no later
than Tuesday, 11th September 2018:
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