Institute of Combustion and Power Plant Technology

For research, several experimental test rigs at different scales, ranging from laboratory scale to semi-industrial scale, are available. Furthermore, we develop and use several numerical simulation tools.

Main research areas of IFK are

  • the combustion and gasification of solid fuels,
  • the development of technologies for centralized and decentralized energy conversion,
  • issues of ambient air quality, distribution of air pollutants in the atmosphere and immission reduction,
  • simulation of firing systems and of power plant unit commitment and
  • simulation and automatic control of the dynamic behavior of thermal power plants and of the interconnected power system

Furthermore, several pilot scale and semi-industrial experimental facilities are operated by IFK, with research activities devoted to

  • advanced power plant concepts for the energetic use of fossil fuels, waste, residues and biomasses,
  • and on processes for flue gas treatment and CO2 sequestration.
Work in the laboratory
Work in the laboratory

Additionally, IFK has an own fuel and ash laboratory and several lab-scale research facilities.

More Information about research projects performed at the various facilities can be found on the respective pages of the departments.


This image shows Hendrik Lens

Hendrik Lens

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing.

Director of the Institute
Head of Department Power Generation and Automatic Control (SuA)
Professor for Power Plant and Grid Systems


Institute of Combustion and Power Plant Technology

Pfaffenwaldring 23, 70569 Stuttgart

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