The department is engaged in scientific and research activities in a number of areas, in which it also offers cooperation and services for those interested in the industrial and public spheres and has an extensive experimental base in the laboratories of the Energy Institute.
- gasification of biomass and waste
- incineration of biomass and waste
- heat exchangers and condensers
- numerical modelling and simulation
- research into the properties of biofuels
- research and development of Stirling and steam engine
- tertiary circuits of nuclear power plants
- research into absorption cycles
The fuel laboratory is focused on determining the basic fuel properties of solid and liquid fuels and on the research of fuel as an input raw material for the combustion and gasification process. We deal with the determination of fuel parameters using methods standardised according to ČSN, which allow us to perform measurements comparable to professional and accredited laboratories.
The laboratory of experimental combustion is focused on the research of wood and non-wood biomass combustion, or biodegradable waste. We also deal with the development and design of hot air and hot water heat appliances. We test boilers with outputs of 10 to 200 kW.
The gasification laboratory focuses on research and development in the field of fluidised bed gasification of biomass, alternative fuels and selected types of waste. Research activities aim at research in the gasification of various types of fuels and gasification media, research in the field of purification of produced energy gas and, last but not least, on research into the combustion of low-calorific gas.
The Fine Particles Laboratory complements the measurements performed in the Testing Laboratory and the Laboratory of Combustion Plants with dust emission values. The combination of several devices can cover a virtually the complete spectrum of emitted particles. The measurement occurs either on-line, or the particles can be captured on filters for later gravimetric or chemical analysis. Our laboratory is mainly focused on research into the formation and growth of the smallest particles in combustion processes.
The laboratory’s main activity is the experimental evaluation of heat transfer on heat exchange surfaces during heating/cooling of liquids and gases. We focus primarily on evaluating heat flows of non-standard geometric configurations of heat exchange surfaces (sprinkled exchangers, labyrinth seals, small channels) and on energy applications of heat exchangers with phase change of the working substance (boiling, condensation). The laboratory facilities of specialised laboratories are used for research activities, and thanks to the mobile apparatus, we also carry out measurements "in the field."
The laboratory focuses on research, development and testing of numerically solved mathematical models in the field of energy engineering. Within the laboratory, we focus on modelling processes combining fluid flow, thermodynamic and mechanical processes, streamlining computational times, topological optimisations, statistical modelling and artificial intelligence. We perform both evaluations and designs of new systems. The laboratory includes a number of simulation software and computer equipment.
Thermoelectric phenomena allow the direct conversion of heat into electricity. Because these phenomena take place in solids and the "working fluid" is the carrier of the electric charge, it is typical for thermoelectric devices simplicity, operation without chemicals and moving parts, reliability and long life.
List and short description of selected instrumentation available to the Department of Power Engineering.