Hochschule Bremen - University of Applied Sciences

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Calculation and optimization of heat transfer between the low exergy heat source and Organic Rankine Cycle applied to heat recovery systems

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Natur und Technik

Julius Robert Mayer - Institut für Energietechnik

Smolen, Slawomir, Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Boertz, Hendrik


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Calculation and optimization of heat transfer between the low exergy heat source and Organic Rankine Cycle applied to heat recovery systems

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One of the key challenges on the area of energy engineering is the system development for increasing the efficiency of primary energy conversion and use. An effective and important measure suitable for improving efficiencies of existing applications and allowing the extraction of energy from previously unsuitable sources is the Organic Rankine Cycle. Applications based on this cycle allow the use of low temperature energy sources such as waste heat from industrial applications, geothermal sources, biomass, fired power plants and micro combined heat and power systems.
Working fluid selection is a major step in designing heat recovery systems based on the Organic Rankine Cycle. Within the framework of the previous original study a special tool has been elaborated in order to compare the influence of different working fluids on performance of an ORC heat recovery power plant installation. A database of a number of organic fluids has been developed. The elaborated tool should create a support by choosing an optimal working fluid for special applications and become a part of a bigger optimization procedure by different frame conditions. The main sorting criterion for the fluids is the system efficiency and beyond that the date base contains additional information and criteria, which have to be taken into account, like environmental characteristics for safety and practical considerations.
The presented work focuses on the calculation and optimization procedure related to the coupling heat source – ORC cycle. This interface is (or can be) a big source of energy but especially exergy losses. That is why the optimization of the heat transfer between the heat source and the process is (besides the ORC efficiency) of essential importance for the total system efficiency.
Within the presented work the general calculation approach and some representative calculation results has been given. This procedure is a part of a complex procedure and program for Working Fluid Selection for Organic Rankine Cycle Applied to Heat Recovery Systems.

Gdansk University of Technology
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
ul. G. Narutowicza 11/12
80-233 Gdansk

23th - 24th May 2013



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