Current award winner
The Board of Trustees of the VGB-FORSCHUNGSSTIFTUNG awarded the VGB Innovation Award 2017 to
- Dr Tobias Vogel (32) for the development of novel concepts for the hybridization of solar thermal power plants with high solar share.
Due to the climate change, a transformation of the global energy supply structure is inevitable in order to ensure the long-term energy supply structure. During the transition it is still necessary to use fossil fuel. Hybrid power plants and concepts for combined generation represent an important step in mid-term.
Dr Vogel developed, modelled and analysed a “vice versa” concept. This concept includes the integration of gas turbines of a smaller performance class (10-20 MWel) into existing solar thermal parabolic trough power plants (approx. 100 MWel).
Subsequent to his PhD thesis, he also extended this concept to highly flexible stationary gas engines. He has also shown that combination of solar and bagasse resources might be a key to turn CSP economically feasible in Brazil. The approaches developed by Dr Vogel may help to increase plant flexibility, overall plant efficiency, fuel-to-electricity conversion efficiency, and therefore reduce emissions, as well as the availability by increasing the solar share comparable to other concepts.
The VGB Innovation Award, endowed with a total of 10,000 €, was handed over by the VGB chairman on the occasion of the VGB Congress 2017 – Generation in Competition in Essen, Germany, on 13 September 2017.