– The workshop was fantastic. We have many common research interests in Sweden and Germany. We could easily see it from the presentation and discussions. It is nice to see how many new and old contacts were created through the workshop, says Kentaro Umeki, Associate Professor in Energy Engineering at Luleå University of Technology.
The collaboration with HVI-GasTech started last year by an initiative from Thomas Kolb, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, and Rikard Gebart, Luleå University of Technology.
– We visited them last year, and it was their turn to visit us. Our German guests enjoyed the conference and the Lapland experience. They drove snow mobiles and even had a chance to see the northern lights, says Kentaro Umeki.
– The two workshops served as a matchmaking among researchers in the German and Swedish consortiums. We got to know each other, and now we are planning to expand our collaborations into actual joint research activities. We can learn so many things from each other because we have complementary expertise.
Five main topics were discussed during the workshop:
2. Fuel characterization/kinetics
3. Fuel processing and conversion and feeding
4. Ash transformation and refractory material
5. Modeling and simulation
The workshop also included a poster presentation, a visit to the ECO-LAB at the Experimental Mechanics division and a trip to Piteå with visits to LTU Green Fuels and SP-ETC.