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Report on First Combined Workshop
Bourchette Building, Brussels 16th February 2001

1 Introduction
2 Workshop Structure
3 Objectives of the Workshop
4 The Workshop
5 Discussion
6 Conclusions and future actions

1 Introduction

The Thematic Network, CAME-GT is an EU Framework V project which commenced in October 2000 and is scheduled to run for 38 months. There were eight partners at the start of the project namely:

ALSTOM Power (Project co-ordinators)
Turbomeca
Rolls Royce plc
MAN
Turbomachinen AG (MGB)
DLR Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Gastec NV
Siemens AG (KWU)

Regrettably Turbomeca had to leave the partnership due to a re-organisation within the Company.

The objective of the network is to co-ordinate RTD projects in industrial gas turbine technology including projects from FPV and FPIV covering fossil fuels and bio-mass and gas turbines in CHP applications and combined cycle.

Following the FPV Energy call in October 1999, CAME-GT plus 10 RTD projects were approved within the Key Action 5.1.3 'More Energy Efficient Gas Turbines' Within CAME-GT four technology clusters have been set up:

Turbomachinery
Combustion
Materials and
Systems

The intention is that each Cluster will hold a series of workshops to bring together researchers from each of the technology areas to discuss their work and interchange ideas to give added value to the Projects supported in Framework V.

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2 Workshop Structure

It was agreed by the management group of the Network that the first Workshop would bring together the Co-ordinators of all the gas turbine RTD projects in FPV, as the projects had only recently commenced. Also, it was agreed that the value of the Workshop would be increased by extending invitations to other gas turbine related projects from FPIV and projects being carried out in known national programmes. Finally it was agreed that invitations should be sent to known researchers in gas turbine related technologies in those member countries which would not otherwise have had any representation.

The Workshop structure was based on the four Technology Clusters of the Network, followed by the three other Network activities:

RTD Strategy
Exploitation and dissemination and
Training and evaluation needs of the sector

Later sessions of the Workshop covered known National programmes and a discussion on future actions of the Network.

As the meeting was in the form of a Workshop the structure allowed for a large number of speakers, who were of necessity restricted to only short presentations each.

There were 48 attendees drawn from 12 of the 15 member states, and 26 speakers from FPV and other projects and describing national programmes.

The Workshop was organised by the Project Co-ordinator of the Network and hosted by the European Commission. A list of the attendees can be viewed by clicking here and the agenda by clicking here.

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3 Objectives of the Workshop

The objectives of the First Workshop of CAME-GT were to (i) bring together researchers from across the European Union to present their work, interchange ideas and consider future strategy for GT related RTD and (ii) to better focus RTD in gas turbine technology to assist the sector achieve the technology targets set by the FPV programme and compete better in the world market for gas turbines and related technologies.

4 The Workshop

The Workshop was divided into two sessions covering the morning and the afternoon. The morning session began with a welcome and introduction by Petros Pilavachi of the European Commission. David Pollard, Co-ordinator of CAME-GT then introduced the Thematic Network. The remainder of the morning session was taken up with presentations by co-ordinators of the RTD projects in each technology Cluster, starting with Turbomachinery (David Pollard standing in for Turbomeca) and followed by Combustion (Berthold Noll), Materials (David Pollard, standing in for Norbert Czech) and Systems (Joachim Meier) Clusters. The Cluster co-ordinators introduced each Cluster. There were 4 presentations in the Turbomachinery Cluster, 3 in the Combustion Cluster, 3 in the Materials Cluster and 5 in the Systems Cluster. The presentations can be downloaded from the website came-gt.com

The first part of the afternoon session dealt with the additional three Work Packages of the Network. Peter Holmes introduced the RTD Strategy Work Package, Brian Pitt the Exploitation and Dissemination Work Package and Jacques de Ruyck the Training and Education Work Package.

Gas Turbine RTD in National programmes were covered by Klaus Behnke (Germany, AG Turbo), Sven-Gunnar Sundkvist (Swedish programme), Riti Singh (RTD at UK universities), Francesco Martelli (Firenze University, Italy) and Andre Mom (Dutch RTD). The presentations can be downloaded from the website came-gt.com

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5 Discussion

Three areas were considered for discussion:

Technical matters
Organisation of future Workshops and Conferences
European Research Area

  • There were no technical matters raised.
  • With regard to the organisation, it was unanimously agreed that the published list of attendees should include email addresses (copy attached with this report).
  • Joachim Meier introduced a discussion on the organisation of future workshops, raising the questions of whether each Cluster should arrange their meetings separately and whether national representatives should be invited. There was general agreement that Clusters should meet separately, with plenary sessions if appropriate. Workshops should always be working meetings with as many attendees as possible contributing positively to the meeting. Speakers who had presented national programmes had not been mandated to speak on behalf of the programme managers and agreed to find out the views of the programme managers and report back. Each Cluster should try and identify the possibility for national projects in their technology area to be included in their Cluster. The Co-ordinator took an action to discuss the matter with members of the Network and agree on the structure for the next Workshops to be held in September
  • Nick Otter recommended the development of a 'vision' for the gas turbine sector in Europe. There was a need to define a technology route map matrix for gas turbine technology and to assess how existing EU and national RTD programmes fitted the matrix. Priorities would need to be defined and addressed in a structured manner. The RTD Strategy Work Package would be a good starting point and Peter Holmes asked for volunteers to serve on the Strategy Group. In order to make a contribution to the development of a strategy and structure had to be in place well before March next year. It was agreed that the Gas Turbine research community was large and wide ranging as demonstrated by attendance at the Workshop, and everyone could play a part in stressing the strategic importance of the technology to the European Union
  • An important need was to produce a list of test facilities available for gas turbine research so that there was no duplication and all facilities were fully used. There was an opportunity to use the Web Site to publicise the facilities. It was agreed that each Cluster should identify the 'state of the art' and then priority areas for research either as a 'menu' or 'a la carte'. It was agreed that the US Department of Energy in collaboration with the US gas turbine sector had set the international 'technology benchmarks' and it is up to the gas turbine sector in Europe to set its own aims in order to compete in the international market place. It was agreed that these activities should be co-ordinated by the Strategy Cluster.
  • The Thematic Network partners and national representatives should aim towards working more closely together. The gas turbine sector should:
    • learn what key actors are doing
    • investigate the possibility of sharing the use of resources
    • help in the widest possible dissemination of results
    • publicise achievements in the field of gas turbines

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6 Conclusions and future actions.

The CAME-GT Co-ordinator described the future programme of the Thematic Network and reminded attendees of the next call for proposals on the 15th March and 14th December. The next workshop would be held in September. Activities dealing with the Strategic Priorities of the EU and activities leading to the identification of the potential for a European Research Area in gas turbine technology were described as forming the basis of a Proposal for a follow Thematic Network submitted to the 9th February call. The presentation can be downloaded from the website came-gt.com

Petros Pilavachi and David Pollard thanked everyone for their contributions and declared the Workshop a success.

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