Partnership for power: How Eskom and UCT are collaborating for change in the energy sector

31 Jan 2018 - 08:00

The EPPEI Specialisation Centre in Energy Efficiency (EE) was formally established as a Research Unit by the UCT Senate in December 2017 after a rigorous accreditation process. The importance of such accreditation is that it monitors the sustainability of research groups and promotes the visibility to potential funders outside the university. The unit has adopted the name Applied Thermofluid Process Modelling Research Unit (ATProM) to appeal to a wider set of industries. This will contribute to the goal of SCs becoming sustainable in the future.

 

ATProM has the mandate to focus on the application of the fundamental principles of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat and mass transfer to model industrial processes. The unit works closely with Eskom Power Plant Engineering Institute (EPPEI) founded by Eskom and a consortium of universities. Regular interaction with Eskom engineers and subject matter experts ensure that the research remains relevant to the power industry. In addition to this, the unit has built a working relationship with Stellenbosch University on cooling systems, Nelson Mandela University on control and Vaal University of Technology on condition monitoring. It is expected that these collaborations are strengthened.  An example of an upcoming development is the establishment of the dilute phase pneumatic transport test loop at Vaal University of Technology that was developed at UCT.

ATProM together with the EPPEI Specialisation Centre in Energy Efficiency has a critical role to play in better understanding the physically processes of power generation. Having access to these models allows for better planning and greater flexibility. However, the most important aspect remains the training of engineers.

ATProM has the mandate to focus on the application of the fundamental principles of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat and mass transfer to model industrial processes. The unit works closely with Eskom Power Plant Engineering Institute (EPPEI) founded by Eskom and a consortium of universities. Regular interaction with Eskom engineers and subject matter experts ensure that the research remains relevant to the power industry. In addition to this, the unit has built a working relationship with Stellenbosch University on cooling systems, Nelson Mandela University on control and Vaal University of Technology on condition monitoring. It is expected that these collaborations are strengthened.  An example of an upcoming development is the establishment of the dilute phase pneumatic transport test loop at Vaal University of Technology that was developed at UCT.

 

ATProM together with the EPPEI Specialisation Centre in Energy Efficiency has a critical role to play in better understanding the physically processes of power generation. Having access to these models allows for better planning and greater flexibility. However, the most important aspect remains the training of engineers.