TURBO-REFLEX will last 36 months and is organised in six work packages. It will be structured around the research and innovation processes to develop, validate and assess new concepts and technologies for highly flexible operation of thermal power plant to reflect their new role as flexible back-up power in a grid with largely increasing renewable shares.


Work Plan Project h2020

The overall goal of this WP is to develop and mature retrofittable compressor technologies and advanced design features:

  • to enable engine operation at lower Minimum Environmental Loads (MEL) by extending the stable operating range and optimizing blow-off valves. This effort is combined with combustion technology in WP2 so as to enable a reduction in the minimum environmental load of the whole engine by 25% (from 40% to 30% of the baseload).
  • to increase the off-design efficiency to reduce the fuel-burn at part-load operation.
  • to reduce the performance sensitivity to blade clearance variation.
  • to investigate compressor off-design performance and operability during charging and discharging of energy storage system.

The overall goal of this WP is:

  • to contribute to the development of combustor designs for advanced high temperature gas turbines with improved ability to attain very low loads with stable combustion including special operation modes required by grid code like frequency response operation (quick load changes) and load rejection.
  • to increase the flexibility of existing or new gas turbine plants through the integration with energy storage capabilities such as Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) or Liquefied Air Energy Storage (LAES) technology.
  • to develop new cooling schemes to ensure lower thermal gradients in hot gas path components during transients and thereby improving the fatigue performance as a result of reduced stress allowing a greater number of start and stop cycles.

The overall goal of this WP is:

  • to improve the accuracy of prediction of plant component loading and damage in transient operation, during rapid changes of load, speed and temperature, or in off-design operating conditions.
  • to obtain accurate material data under the conditions characteristic of compressor, gas and steam turbine components in cyclic operation

The overall goal of this WP is to improve power plant flexibility while improving the operator economics with a specific focus on:

  • Condition and efficiency monitoring system
  • Steam turbine monitoring system
  • Power generation analytics
  • Machine learning on large heterogeneous data sources for optimised operation of turbine components

The overall goal of this WP is:

  • to assess the impact at the plant level of the developed innovation and improvements at the component level.
  • to predict conventional power generation flexibility and performance gains requires whole plant models.
  • to transfer component technology gains into market measures such as efficiency, flexibility and emissions.


includes the technical coordination, the day-to-day project management, the awareness creation in the stakeholder and policy maker community, the engagement with the User Consultation Group and IPR management.