The primary objective of FLEXnCONFU is the development of a novel and feasible power-to-X-to-power (P2X2P) solution integrated to a real combined cycle power plant (EDPP Ribatejo power plant). The FLEXnCONFU project aims to level the combined cycle load by converting energy output into carbon-free fuels, such as H2 or NH3, through P2X2P application. These fuels may then be locally re-used in the same power plant to meet fluctuating demand. This solution will be demonstrated up to TRL7 installing a power-to-hydrogen system in an already existing operational power plant and up to TRL6 deploying a power-to-ammonia system in a relevant environment (a micro Gas Turbine operating in Savona Lab).  The FLEXnCONFU solution takes into consideration the factors that the European Union has identified as being important for achieving a low-carbon society. These factors include: i) operational flexibility for power plants; ii) time-optimal shift management because of the integration with storage and iii) decrease of environmental greenhouse gas emissions because of the lower combustion of natural gas (NG) and blends of NG with non-carbon fuels. The FLEXnCONFU system ensures a large replicability potential and a more sustainable network of fossil fuel-based power plants in the EU as this system can be connected to coal integrated gasification combined cycle, natural gas combined cycle (NGCC) and
combined heat and power
combined cycle (CHP CC). Furthermore, in the framework of the FLEXnCONFU, Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment will be conducted for assessing the environmental, economic and social impacts associated with the production, operation and end of life phase of the system.
FLEXnCONFU project, funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant Agreement No 884157).