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Environmentally Sound Gas Turbine Technology with Reliable and Low Cost Operation.
To encourage and facilitate information exchange, R&D cooperation and technology development in areas of importance to the user community.
ETN's main objectives are to:
- strengthen the gas turbine industry and users' market in Europe in its entirety, by providing a powerful network with the ability to initiate projects that can achieve tangible advances in gas turbine technology;
- act as a platform for exchange of knowledge and experiences to avoid R&D duplication and to reduce risk, cost and time in technology development;
- provide operational technical input to the EU institutions in terms of gas turbine environmental responsibility, technology watch and R&D needs.
ETN was established in January 2005. The association traces its origins back to the EU-funded project under the 5th Framework Programme (FP5), called 'Centres of Excellence for Industrial Gas Turbines' (CE-IGT 2002-2005). As part of this project, a wide-ranging survey, focusing on identifying gaps between the market expectations and the R&D community was conducted among stakeholders in the European GT community. When the CE-IGT project came to an end, many key stakeholders were in favour to join forces to address the technology gaps identified by the survey, resulting in the establishment of the European Turbine Network.
ETN Internal Structure
ETN is headed by the ETN Board, which determines the strategy and decides the way forward for the organisation. The vision of the Board is guided by the biennial High-Level User meeting, which welcomes gas turbine users to discuss issues of strategic importance and future requested developments.
ETN has rearranged its internal structure to become more project-focused and goal-oriented. With this aim in mind ETN introduced a new 'actor' in the organogram, namely an ETN Project Board. The role of the Project Board is to facilitate and assist in the development and progress of initiatives and project proposals that are submitted by members to the ETN platform.
The ETN Board is supported by the ETN Office which is situated in Brussels, Belgium, and acts as a secretariat for the organisation. The role of the ETN Office is to implement the strategy set by the Board, facilitate and coordinate the activities of the members, and disseminate the deliverables and results of their initiatives and projects. The ETN Office also monitors EU energy and research policies as well as Research and Technology Development programmes.
The ETN Office also supports ETN Technical Committees:
- Operational Flexibility
- Fuel Flexibility & Emissions
- Material Degradation & Repair Technologies
- Condition Monitoring, Instrumentation and Control
- Asset Management
These Committees cover the most crucial areas of future gas turbine technology development. They serve as forums where the ETN members meet to share experiences and discuss ideas and initiatives, which can later be developed into initiatives and projects.