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Warwick and Tsinghua Join for Power Plant Lab Launch

Professor of Electrical Power and Control Engineering, Jihong Wang, welcomed visitors for the official opening of the Joint Power Plant Simulation Laboratory. Delegates came from E.ON, Emerson, Process Systems Enterprise Ltd, University of Birmingham and the collaborating institution, Tsinghua University.


Left: The attendees following the ribbon cutting ceremony. In traditional Chinese style, the ribbon was cut by Professor Nigel Stocks (School of Engineering) and Professor Junfu Lu (Tsinghua University).

Tsinghua University is one of the top two universities in China.

The Thermal Power and Control Engineering Research Institute is a world leading research institute. The Institute has played an important role in electrical power industry development in China.

The collaboration will bring the mutual benefits for both universities.

The project is supported by EPSRC UK-China clean coal technology programme project and Birmingham Science City Energy Efficiency project. The collaboration with Tsinghua University is also supported by the University Strategy Awards 2011-2012.

The software provides a simulation platform in a real industrial scale, which can be used for:

  • conducting simulation study for the whole power plant dynamic responses (currently, supercritical power plant)
  • testing new control strategies
  • performing energy efficiency analysis
  • modelling and simulating carbon capture processes
  • supporting “scale-up”

    img_4361sm.jpg Left: Dr Yali Xue demonstrates the software behind the modelling program to the group. Pictured with her are: Dr. Muhammad Abu Baker and Stuart Simpson (E.ON); and Dr. Loic Charbonne (Emerson).