Chemical energy carriers (fuels) play a unique role in the energy system because they have a very high energy density and can be stored for long periods of time. They can be sourced from many different pathways and tailored for a broad range of applications.
However, to achieve the objectives of international climate policy, the use of fossil fuels must be drastically reduced. More sustainable fuels are produced from biomass, waste materials or by using renewable electricity. A unique advantage of combustion as a thermochemical energy conversion is its high tolerance towards fuel composition and properties.
Extensive knowledge is available about the combustion of fossil fuels in internal combustion engines or gas turbines, which are systems that already achieve high efficiencies with low pollutant emissions. This knowledge must now be adapted and expanded for the use of more sustainable fuels. Maximum efficiency, minimum emissions, and load flexibility remain overarching objectives, complemented with application specific requirements in sectors like transport or power generation. Increasing expectations on fuel flexibility come on top of this.
Swiss combustion researchers from industry and the universities of applied sciences and the ETH domain actively address these challenges. Their competence is internationally recogniced. At the 2021 edition of our biennial Conference on Combustion Research in Switzerland, you will hear results from their current research projects. Please check the preliminary conference program for a list of invited presentations.
The primary goal of the conference is to foster the exchange of information between industry and academia, especially for junior scientists. We hope that the event will once again be a valuable networking opportunity. The conference is organized as a hybrid event. You can choose to join us on site at the ETH Zurich or online via livestream. In both cases, participation is free of charge.
The conference will be hybrid with possibility of attending online via livestream. Click here to access online registration.