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The Board of Trustees of the VGB-FORSCHUNGSSTIFTUNG awarded the VGB Innovation Award 2018 to

  • Dr Efthymia Ioanna Koytsoumpa (32), Duisburg, for her investigations on energy storage technologies in power plants.

The award, endowed with a total of 10,000€, was handed over by the VGB chairman on the occasion of the VGB Congress Power Plants 2018 in Munich, Germany.

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Efthymia Ioanna Koytsoumpa was awarded with the VGB Innovation Award 2018 (from left to right: Dr Oliver Then, VGB Executive Manager, Dr Koytsoumpa, and Dr Hans Bünting, Chairman of the VGB Board of Directors)​

Dr Efthymia Ioanna Koytsoumpa examined on energy storage technologies in power plants.

She investigated several approaches of energy storage options like power to fuel technologies such as power to methanol and power to substitute natural gas (SNG) as well as power to power technologies like batteries and Liquid Air Energy Storage (LAES). She also calculated the efficiencies for integrating these options into different existing conventional plant types. While the investigated Power to Fuel applications can store electricity from the grid into chemical energy, the flexibility characteristics of thermal plants with integrated power to power technologies were investigated.

Dr Koytsoumpa presented and evaluated several approaches for energy storage to economically improve the operation of power plants and secure grid stability.