The Global Energy Prize laureate 2008
Eduard Volkov is the researcher of smoke from chimneys and slate fuel
To burn means to generate fire that may destroy matter, or give light and warmth. The ability to produce fire has dissociated the man from animals, whereas the subsequent ability to control combustion was key to the development of civilization. Cutting edge vehicles, vessels and aircrafts are propelled by combustion force. The fire used for cooking in primeval caves, is nowadays used to forge steel, launch space vehicles, develop industrial technologies, and – most importantly – generate electric power. Although the humanity learnt how to make fire out of a sparkle ages ago, combustion is still a challenging physical and chemical process accompanied by an intensive exothermic reaction, bright light emission and thermal exchange with the environment. The science of combustion is at the crossroads of gas dynamics, chemical thermodynamics and kinetics, molecular and chemical physics, thermal mass exchange and etc.… If you ask Dr. Eduard Petrovich Volkov, a prominent Soviet and Russian thermal physicist, Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Director General of Krzhyzhanovsky Energy Institute, who studied stack plumes over flue-pipes at thermal and nuclear power plants, an expert in bitumen shale processing technologies applied for production of synthetic oil, what is common between a stack plume and bat, he would probably say: “The phenomena may seem different, but they have a common theoretical basis, which is combustion”.