Decentralised Energy with the Organic Rankine Cycle Utilising Waste Heat Recovery

Carrigan, Alastair (2013). Decentralised Energy with the Organic Rankine Cycle Utilising Waste Heat Recovery B.Sc Thesis, School of Engineering, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Carrigan, Alastair
Thesis Title Decentralised Energy with the Organic Rankine Cycle Utilising Waste Heat Recovery
School, Centre or Institute School of Engineering
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2013
Thesis type B.Sc Thesis
Supervisor Bo Feng
Total pages 151
Language eng
Subjects 0913 Mechanical Engineering
Formatted abstract
Soaring electricity prices and government support to improve plant efficiency has signalled the potential use of organic Rankine cycle (ORC) technology to recapture waste heat in industrial processes. A thermodynamic and financial model has been developed and verified in order to investigate a variety of applications. The feasibility of introducing a system capable of converting thermal energy to electrical energy through the use of a closed loop ORC was determined. The findings of the study, including a sensitivity analysis of the various parameters, have been included for a total five models which show the potential of using an organic fluid in low and medium grade waste heat applications. The findings highlighted the importance of the selection of the individual components and the organic working fluid used in the system. The results suggested that two of the four scenarios investigated were considered to feasible based on the financial benchmarks set, with a net power output ranging between approximately 20 kW and 3,400 kW.
Keyword Organic Rankine cycle

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