Field of Work
Research focus of the institute of combustion and power plant technology (IFK) is combustion and gasification of solid fuels with various processes for different applications. Technologies for centralised and decentralised energy conversion as well as high temperature processes are investigated. Furthermore, air quality control, pollutants distribution and transport in the atmosphere are fields of activity. The simulation of electrical transmission systems and transient behaviour of power generation units are complementary areas of work. The institute is equipped with reasonably sized pilot plants for all established firing and gasification systems. Likewise, the institute applies various simulation tools for modelling of combustion, power and industrial plants. Beside the utilisation of renewables topics of stabilizing the electrical transmission system and energy storage become more important.
Combustion, steam generation and energy and environmental technologies is the working field of Prof. Günter Scheffknecht. Born in 1956 at Lustenau, Austria, he studied Mechanical Engineering in Vienna. Guenter Scheffknecht holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, graduated from the Technical University of Vienna in 1988. He worked as an assistant at the Institute of Technical Thermodynamics at the Technical University of Vienna. From 1988 to 2004 he has been working for ALSTOM Power, Stuttgart and Paris in various functions.
Since October 2004 he is Director of the Institute of Combustion and Power Plant Technology - IFK at the University of Stuttgart. He is member of various committees and advisory boards. His technical and scientific work is summarised in about 400 publications.