Heinrich-Mandel Prize 2004

The trustees of the VGB-FORSCHUNGSSTIFTUNG split the Heinrich-Mandel Prize for Power Plant Technology 2004 and awarded it to

  • Dr. Michael Hocquel for his experimental investigations on mercury characteristics during combustion of solid fuels,

and to

  • Dr. Heyko Jürgen Schultz for his simulation of decomposition of oceanic gas hydrates.

The 10,000 EUR award was handed over on the occasion of the VGB Congress "Power Plants 2004" on October 6, 2004, in Cologne by the chairman of the VGB Board.

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Gerd Jäger awards the Heinrich-Mandel Prize 2004 to Heyko Schultz (left) and Michael Hocquel (right)

31-year old Dr. Heyko Jürgen Schulz was honoured for his simulation of decomposition of oceanic gas hydrates. In view of the discussion on European energy supply security, the investigation of gas hydrates has gained considerable importance during the last years. Natural gas hydrate resources on the ocean bed and in permafrost regions have already been found in many places on earth. With his research elaboration on reduction of oceanic gas hydrates by means of a modern transporting plant as per the airlift principle, Schultz made an outstanding contribution towards modelling, unsteady simulation and technical evaluation of the gas hydrate decomposition process.

33-year old Dr. Michael Hocquel was honoured for his experimental investigations on mercury characteristics during combustion of solid fuels. He investigated mercury characteristics in flue gas desulfurization plants, particularly the context of mercury concentration and/or - state and flue gas - and fly ash composition. He was able to identify operating parameters decisively influencing the separation efficiency of the individual treatment steps. Due to his combination of laboratory analyses, experimental investigations and validation of results from large-scale plants, a wide range of knowledge on mercury characteristics in the flue gas path is available to FGD manufacturers and power plant operators. Based upon this knowledge, strategies for improved control of mercury emissions in flue gas desulfurization plants can be elaborated.