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Durham University

Future Conventional Power Research Consortium

The Future Future Conventional Power Research Consortium will consider the effect of the growth of wind generated power in the power mix on the flexible operating requirements for conventional steam and gas power plant.

The increasing amounts of renewable energy present on the national grid reduce C02 emissions caused by electrical power but they fit into an electrical grid designed for fossil fuels. Fossil fuels can be turned on and off at will and so are very good at matching variations in load. Renewable energy in the form of wind turbines is more variable (although that variability is much more predictable than most people think) and there is a need for existing power plants to operate much more flexibly to accommodate the changing power output from wind, tidal and solar power.

The project brings together a unique group of researchers ranging from turbine and fuel specialists through to station- and system-level modelling teams, to study the necessary evolution of conventional plant technology in the full system, engineering and economic context in which it must operate.

The project will deliver outputs ranging from the component level, to studies of a virtual power station all the way up to national policy recommendations.

Get live updates on the current power mix used by the UK national grid. Dials for Wind, Coal, Gas, Nuclear, Import and Hydro/Bio. Created by Clive Best.
Graphs and pie chart showing percentage contribution of different power sources to the UK national grid. Created by Clive Best.

Contact Details

Durham University,
DH1 3LE,
Telephone: +44 (0)191 334 2000