Flexible Power Generation – ETN Webinar Series – 4th episode

“PUMP-HEAT. Innovative concept to increase flexibility of combined cycle power plants and gas turbines”, the 4th episode of ETN’s webinar series on Flexible Power Generation, took place on 12 January 2021.

The objective of the PUMP-HEAT is to increase the flexibility of the Combined Cycle (CC) power plant and the operation of gas turbines. The innovative concept is based on the coupling of CC power plants with a fast-cycling highly efficient Heat Pump (HP) equipped with Thermal Energy Storage (TES). PUMP-HEAT is funded under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, under grant agreement n. 764706.


Performance Untapped Modulation for Power and Heat via Energy Accumulation Technologies – Slides available here

Alberto Traverso, Chair of Energy Systems, University of Genoa

Development of thermal storage materials for CCGT – Slides available here

Justin Ning-Wei Chiu,Assist. Professor in Renewable Energy, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Challenges for the integration of heat pumps in CCGT power plant cycles – Slides available here

Stefano Piola, Performance and Operations Team Leader, Ansaldo Energia

Dynamics and controls for flexibility – Slides available here

Adrien Reveillere, Product Manager, Siemens Digital



Ugo Simeoni, Research and Innovation Manager, ETN Global


Recording of the session is available here.


On the Flexible Power Generation webinar series: 

To achieve the EU 2030 and 2050 Climate and Energy goals, a high penetration of renewable energy sources (RES) into the grid is required. In this context, the role of the fossil fuel power plants will have to increasingly shift from providing base-load power to fluctuating back-up power (i.e. ramping up and down) in order to control and stabilise the grid. However, this poses several challenges in the operation due to increased wears and tears of the power plants components, as well as a reduction in efficiency and increase of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per unit of produced electricity.

The objective of this webinar series is to shed the light on the actions taken by the EU and the industry to meet these challenges and pave the way for a carbon-neutral energy system that would ensure at the same time secure and affordable energy supply. The series is organised by ETN Global, with the support of ETIP SNET and in cooperation with five EU Horizon 2020 projects: FLEXnCONFU (grant agreement n. 884157), HYFLEXPOWER (grant agreement n. 884229), PUMP-HEAT (grant agreement n. 764706), sCO2-flex (grant agreement n. 764690), and TURBO-REFLEX (grant agreement n. 764545).






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