The steady growth in energy demand at a reasonable cost, constrained by environmental regulations which get more strict every day, asks energy science and engineering to play a central role. Existing power generation technologies have to be improved as well as energy intensity, while reduction in energy use requires innovative solutions to satisfy all aspects (demand, cost and environmental priorities). Performing engineering simulations in the early design phase, allows to evaluate new concepts in a cheaper way, faster and with higher frequency with respect to traditional prototyping and testing methods.
Projects in the energy field can take an important advantage from high-fidelity, full functionality and multidisciplinary capabilities of modern engineering simulation software. The typical set of available tools are valuable in a large range of applications, starting from process and product design, to pollution reduction and control, reduction and separation of carbon, to fuel efficiency improvement, packaging weight reduction, development of new fuels, as far as regulatory compliance. Thus, a lot of difficult technological problems strictly linked with sustainability issues can be faced with the help of virtual simulations.
Every energy source has its own peculiarities, virtual simulations furnish a wide range of capabilities to evaluate every context like:
- Thermal analysis, like cooldown safety simulations and pebble bed reactor simulations.
- Environmental factors impact: wind, waves, etc
- Wind turbines and wind farms
- Solar farms