Innovative solutions for the enhancement of combined cycle flexibility.
Natural Gas fueled Power Plants are foreseen by the European Union as the bridging technology (till the horizon of the 2050) to a decarbonized scenario (from 50% to 80% renewable electrical production ), thanks to their reduced carbon footprint and fast response in terms of grid stabilization. On the other side, power market evolution is heavily influencing combined cycle operation: load factor and annual efficiency reduce, number of start-up increases, with a direct effect on the profitability of assets, often leading to mothballing or closure of these plants. This work aims at investingating innovative solutions for enhancing flexibility of combined cycles exploiting: the untapped performance modulation potential via the ambient conditions control, the operational flexibility for multi-product power plant, and time optimal shift management with thermal energy storage.
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