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Dr.-Ing. Nicolas Mertens


Mechanical Engineering


Institute for Energy Systems & Technology


Transiente Berechnung des Anfahrvorgangs verschiedener Abhitzedampferzeuger im Kombiprozess

Professional Career

Associate Researcher, TU Darmstadt (08/2013 – today)

1. Development of a detailed combined-cycle power plant model and successful validation with measurement data of the commercial plant.

2. Study of combined-cycle operating flexibility using numeric calculation of start-up processes and load changes.

3. Investigating potentials for process optimization with particular regard to the heat recovery steam generator.

Intern Plant Design, E.on New Build & Technology (05/2012 – 10/2012)

Diploma thesis, Research project on efficient thermal energy storage for solar thermal power plants

Diploma student Mechanical Engineering, RWTH Aachen University (10/2006 – 10/2012)

Focus topics: Power engineering, Energy systems


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Mertens, Nicolas (2018):
Transiente Berechnung des Anfahrvorgangs verschiedener Abhitzedampferzeuger im Kombiprozess.
Göttingen, Cuvillier Verlag, TU Darmstadt, ISBN 978-3-7369-9707-3,
[PhD thesis]


Alobaid, Falah ; Mertens, Nicolas ; Starkloff, Ralf ; Lanz, Thomas ; Heinze, Christian ; Epple, Bernd (2017):
Progress in dynamic simulation of thermal power plants.
In: Progress in Energy and Combustion Science, 59S. 79-162, ISSN 0360-1285,


Mertens, Nicolas ; Alobaid, Falah ; Lanz, Thomas ; Epple, Bernd ; Kim, Hyun-Gee (2016):
Dynamic simulation of a triple-pressure combined-cycle plant: Hot start-up and shutdown.
In: Fuel, 167S. 135-148, ISSN 0016-2361,


Mertens, Nicolas ; Alobaid, Falah ; Starkloff, Ralf ; Epple, Bernd ; Kim, Hyun-Gee (2015):
Comparative investigation of drum-type and once-through heat recovery steam generator during start-up.
In: Applied Energy, 144S. 250-260, ISSN 0306-2619,


Mertens, Nicolas ; Alobaid, Falah ; Frigge, Lorenz ; Epple, Bernd (2014):
Dynamic simulation of integrated rock-bed thermocline storage for concentrated solar power.
In: Solar Energy, 110S. 830-42, ISSN 0038-092X,

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