HTC- The Swedish High- Temperature Corrosion Center at Chalmers
HTC, the Swedish High-Temperature Corrosion Centre, is jointly financed by the Swedish Energy Agency, Chalmers University of Technology and 22 member companies. HTC started in 1996 and is now one of the world leaders in its field. HTC is responsible for Swedish education in its area and also conducts commissioned research. HTC is hosted by Chalmers University of Technology. Research groups at the Royal Institute of Technology and at Swerea-KIMAB and Swerea-IVF also contribute to HTC research.
High-temperature corrosion is an important issue in energy production, in engines and in industrial processes. It shortens the useful life of installations, limits the utilization of the fuel and obstructs the development of more economical, environmentally sustainable processes and systems. HTC’s research, high-temperature corrosion – research for a sustainable society, is being run in close collaboration with member companies. The aim is to help resolve today’s critical corrosion issues and provide the tools needed to address the many new challenges in the high-temperature materials field brought on by the development of a sustainable energy system.
The research focuses on two main areas:
- Renewable fuels – more efficient power production and gasification
- Corrosion-resistant materials for tomorrow’s energy systems
In parallel with the research, HTC is conducting research with financing from Swedish and international (primarily EU) funding agencies and companies. The “externally funded” research is co-ordinate with HTC’s research. There is close collaboration between HTC’s own research and HTC research funded by the Swedish funding agencies, Värmeforsk and KME (consortium materials technology for the development and demonstration of thermal energy processes).
Application areas for HTC research:
- Boilers generating electricity from biomass and waste
- Gasification of biomass
- Gas turbines and jet engines
- Ceramics and alloys for resistance heating
- Small biomass-fired boilers for residential heating
- Diesel engines
- Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC)