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ORC turbogenerators: a quantum step forward by a novel integral design approach

Project nummer 
14711
Deelnemende kennisinstellingen 
Projectleider 

Dr. R. Pecnik
Technische Universiteit Delft
Faculteit Werktuigbouwkunde, Maritieme Techniek en Technische Materiaalws. (3ME)
Process & Energy

Type project 
Lopend
Startdatum 
20 november 2016
Einddatum 
20 november 2022
Programma 
Open Technologieprogramma
Vakgebied 
Werktuigbouwkunde

Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) power systems are undoubtedly the most viable option to convert low grade sustainable heat sources or waste heat from industrial processes into electricity. The vast amount of different sources that can be exploited are biomass combustion, geothermal reservoirs, solar radiation, waste heat
from gas turbines and internal combustion engines, etc. Yet, the main challenges for the widespread adoption of ORC systems is their high capital cost and relatively low turbine efficiency. The goal of this project is to overcome these challenges by developing new knowledge on flow physics of organic fluids and a
unique integrated design methodology for the aero-structural optimization of ORC turbines. The industrial partner Triogen will integrate the results of this work into their designs and thus enable and accelerate the development of these fuel and emission free electricity power plants to be applied world-wide.

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