Thermo-chemical Conversion Department
The Thermo-chemical Conversion Department handles a range of topics associated with the thermo-chemical conversion of biogenic solid fuels for the effi cient, demand-driven supply of power and / or heat or cold. It considers all the technical aspects, from the fuel, the conversion plant and its control through to emissions cleaning and system integration. Its approach is both theoretical, by means of monitoring and basic observation, as well as practical, based on development work. In order to expand the share of Germany’s energy mix obtained from renewables, as demanded by the government’s Climate Protection Initiative, the use of solid biomass as an energy source material needs to be signifi cantly expanded. And this must be done without causing any further environmental pollution – particularly by fine dust and nitrogen oxides (NOx). In response to those demands, the Thermo-chemical Conversion Department investigates how the available biogenic solid fuel resource base can be expanded, among other things by using material combinations. The department also works to further optimise existing combustion systems and to develop new equipment as well as controllers and secondary pollution control systems. Other aims include improving the integration of solar plants based on innovative control systems; developing and optimising combined heat and power (CHP) systems in all power ranges; and developing effi cient frameworks for the provision of system services from the generation of power from biomass.
The Thermo-chemical Conversion Department is divided into four Working Groups: