The overall CERUBIS project objective is to reduce the extent of the corrosion and slagging/fouling of boiler evaporators and heat exchangers. This will improve the reliability and the efficiency of utility boilers. Also, by improved controls of the boiler, it will be more easy to meet the newly-imposed stringent emission directives. This envisaged overall goal shall be met by joined development of a multitude of sensors, data handling and intelligent (smart) software systems which will be subsequently deployed in real-life boiler environment. Hereby, much attention is paid to using as much as possible common data handling and software interface as well as, wherever applicable/possible, the same material and technological base for the sensors. Care is taken to use systems in a way to minimise the data overlap and a the same time, a maximise the complimentary nature of the obtained information. The phased approach envisages joint development, tests and validation on the laboratory- and pilot- scale test facilities (up to 0.5 MWth). The developed systems will then be installed at two full-scale, commercial, 380 MWe, hard coal- and lignite-fired boilers at Opole and Bełchatów Power Plants in Poland. The systems will be tested and validated through one year of operation.

Furthermore, the oxyfuel issue will be also addressed in the project, mainly versus sensors and sensing systems investigation and testing in different combustion conditions (laboratory and pilot scale investigations).