"Supergen Life Management of Efficient

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         Around 80% of the world’s power still comes from burning fossil fuels and the use of fossil fuels is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. There is a clear need to make this process more efficient, to maximise the energy output, decrease carbon dioxide emissions and reduce the environmental impact. The recent UK government Energy White Paper states “Low carbon coal technologies represent a major future market for UK business estimated to be worth of the order of £2-4 billion to the UK by 2030, sustaining 30,000-60,000 jobs”. R&D which supports the existing fleet of fossil plant during the transition to alternative technologies and helps develop the next generation of reliable, clean fossil power plant technologies is seen as essential.

       New, high efficiency power plant, including CO2 capture and storage (CCS) technologies will operate under far more aggressive environments and conditions than conventional plant and hence development of new life assessment methodologies for the many of the critical components is required.

       This project aims to deliver an integrated suite of lifetime prediction tools and methodologies that will facilitate the extension in lifetime of current fossil fuel fired power generation plant and ensure reliable operation of future advanced CCS plant.

        The project is being funded by the UK Research Councils’ Energy Programme through its ‘Sustainable Power Generation and Supply’ (Supergen) Programme.