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    Multi-objective optimization of a novel reversible High-Temperature Heat Pump-Organic Rankine Cycle (HTHP-ORC) for industrial low-grade waste heat recovery

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    Nowadays, a high amount of industrial thermal energy is still lost due to the lack of competitive solutions for energy revalorization. Facing this challenge, this paper presents a novel technology, based on a reversible High-Temperature Heat Pump (HTHP) and Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC). The proposed system recovers low-grade waste heat to generate electricity or useful heat in accordance with consumer demand. Compressor and expander semi-empirical models have been considered for the reversible system computational simulation, being HFC-245fa the working fluid selected. The built-in volume ratio and Internal Heat Exchanger (IHX) effectiveness have been optimized to reach the maximum energy efficiency in each operating condition. Although HFC-245fa exhibits energy performance attributes, its high Global Warming Potential (GWP) is an issue for climate change mitigation. Hence, multi-objective optimisation of the environmentally friendly working fluids Butane, Pentane, HFO-1336mzz(Z), R-514A, HCFO-1233zd(E) and HCFO-1224yd(Z) has been carried out. The results show that the system proposed, working with HFC-245fa, achieves a Coefficient of Performance (COP) of 2.44 for condensing temperature of 140 °C, operating in HTHP mode, whereas the ORC mode provides a net electrical efficiency of 8.7% at condensing temperature of 40 °C. Besides, HCFO-1233zd(E) and HCFO-1224yd(Z) are both appropriate alternatives for the HFC-245fa replacement. These working fluids provide a COP improvement of 9.7% and 5.8% and electrical net efficiency improvement of 2.1% and 0.8%, respectively, compared to HFC-245fa. This paper provides a reference study for further designs and developments of reversible HTHP-ORC systems used for industrial low-grade waste heat recovery


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    The present paper considers the employment of working-fluid mixtures in organic Rankine cycle (ORC) systems with respect to heat transfer performance, component sizing and costs, using two sets of fluid mixtures: n-pentane + n-hexane and R-245fa + R-227ea. Due to their non-isothermal phase-change behaviour, these zeotropic working-fluid mixtures promise reduced exergy losses, and thus improved cycle efficiencies and power outputs over their respective pure-fluid components. Although the fluid-mixture cycles do indeed show a thermodynamic improvement over the pure-fluid cycles, the heat transfer and cost analyses reveal that they require larger evaporators, condensers and expanders; thus, the resulting ORC systems are also associated with higher costs, leading to possible compromises. In particular, 70 mol% n-pentane + 30 mol% n-hexane and equimolar R-245fa + R-227ea mixtures lead to the thermodynamically optimal cycles, whereas pure n-pentane and pure R-227ea have lower costs amounting to 14% and 5% per unit power output over the thermodynamically optimal mixtures, respectively

    Low-Concentration Solar-Power Systems Based on Organic Rankine Cycles for Distributed-Scale Applications: Overview and Further Developments

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    This paper is concerned with the emergence and development of low-to-medium-grade thermal-energy-conversion systems for distributed power generation based on thermo- dynamic vapor-phase heat-engine cycles undergone by organic working uids, namely organic Rankine cycles (ORCs). ORC power systems are, to some extent, a relatively established and mature technology that is well-suited to converting low/medium-grade heat (at temperatures up to ~300–400°C) to useful work, at an output power scale from a few kilowatts to 10s of megawatts. Thermal ef ciencies in excess of 25% are achievable at higher temperatures and larger scales, and efforts are currently in progress to improve the overall economic viability and thus uptake of ORC power systems, by focusing on advanced architectures, working- uid selection, heat exchangers and expansion machines. Solar-power systems based on ORC technology have a signi cant potential to be used for distributed power generation, by converting thermal energy from simple and low-cost non-concentrated or low-concentration collectors to mechanical, hydrau- lic, or electrical energy. Current elds of use include mainly geothermal and biomass/ biogas, as well as the recovery and conversion of waste heat, leading to improved energy ef ciency, primary energy (i.e., fuel) use and emission minimization, yet the technology is highly transferable to solar-power generation as an affordable alternative to small-to- medium-scale photovoltaic systems. Solar-ORC systems offer naturally the advantages of providing a simultaneous thermal-energy output for hot water provision and/or space heating, and the particularly interesting possibility of relatively straightforward onsite (thermal) energy storage. Key performance characteristics are presented, and important heat transfer effects that act to limit performance are identi ed as noteworthy directions of future research for the further development of this technology

    Experimental evaluation of HCFO-1233zd-e as HFC-245fa replacement in an organic rankine cycle system for low temperature heat sources

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    [EN] In this work an experimental evaluation of the working fluid HCFO-1233zd-E as HFC-245fa replacement in ORC systems for low temperature heat sources has been conducted. A fully monitored ORC module has been used to test both working fluids at different operating conditions. Due to the different densities of the working fluids, the mass flow rate for HCFO-1233zd-E is approximately 20% lower than for HFC-245fa. This causes thermal and electrical powers to be lower for HCF0-1233zd-E than for HFC245fa. However, net electrical efficiency is similar for both working fluids, ranging from 5% to 9.7% in the tested operating conditions. Regarding the expander performance, various performance indicators are addressed. The expander isentropic performance has a maximum value of 75%, with higher values for HCFO-1233zd-E than for HFC-245fa. The overall efficiency of the expander, similar for both working fluids, ranges from 44% to 57% in the experimental test range. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.The authors thankfully acknowledge the cooperation of Rank (R) for its support in this project.Molés-Ribera, F.; Navarro Esbri, J.; Peris-Pérez, B.; Mota-Babiloni, A. (2016). Experimental evaluation of HCFO-1233zd-e as HFC-245fa replacement in an organic rankine cycle system for low temperature heat sources. Applied Thermal Engineering. 98:954-961. doi:10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2016.01.011S9549619

    Evaluation of Three Working Fluid on an Organic Rankine Cycle of a Waste Heat Recovery Electric Generator

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    The aim of this study is to evaluating an Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) system from diesel engine waste heat recovery by selecting three different working fluids with different pressure and temperature condition. N-Pentane, R-245fa, and R-134a are conditioned on variations in pressure and evaporation temperature with a difference of 0.5 bar and 5 °C from the previous best practice to achieve the best thermal efficiency. The proposed evaluation involved two phases, first is analysis of the working fluid with various condition is carried out using REFPROP software and then results of that analysis will be used as the basis of input in calculating the overall heat balance using the Cycle Tempo software. This study found that a diesel engine with a capacity of 1000 kVA wastes energy of 1177 kW which is released through exhaust pipe and engine radiator can produce a turbine power of 144,47 kW. The highest thermal efficiency of 13.48% was obtained by using the working fluid R-245fa at the evaporator pressure and temperature of 23.5 bar and 154 â°C, respectively

    Characterization on insulation performance, poststability, and foaming process of rigid polyurethane sandwich panel for cold storage warehouse

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    Polyurethane (PU) is a commonly used insulation material for cold storage warehouses. The insulation performance of PU sandwich panels made from blended blowing agents were re-assessed by k-factor measurements and insulation thickness calculation based on cold warehouse design standard, which has proved the significant impact of blowing agent difference on energy saving. The foam post-stability was also evaluated by mathematic profiling. The developed 3D paraboloid model based on gridding measurements has provided scientific method for panel shrinkage evaluation. Cell microstructure characterization and post-growth angle coefficients calculation were further performed for better understanding the shrinkage problem at microscopic level. The foaming process model of continuous panel production was developed based on FOAMAT characterization which has provided theoretical solution to panel processing

    High temperature heat pump integration into district heating network

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    This study illustrates the potential of high temperature heat pumps (HTHPs) integration into district heating network (DHN) through a twofold approach, using DHN as a heat sink and source. It is used as a heat sink of HTHP that uses waste heat from the supermarket’s refrigeration system as a heat source whereas it is used as a heat source to HTHP that provides heat to industrial applications. When the DHN acts as the heat sink, the integrated system provides a coefficient of performance (COP) of the waste heat recovery (WHR) system between 3.2 and 5.4, reducing the operating costs between 50% and 100% with an average price ratio of 2.25 compared with the standard CO2 refrigeration system. If the DHN is the heat source, the integrated system provides a COP from 2.8 to 5.7 for a heat sink of 110 °C. The alternative low-GWP refrigerants assessment illustrates that HC-290, HFO-1234ze(E) and HFO-1234yf were considered the ideal candidates to replace the HFC-134a, whereas HCFO-1233zd(E) and HCFO-1224yd(Z) were the most promising low-GWP refrigerants to replace HFC-245fa. Finally, the environmental results showed that the utilisation of the DHN as the heat sink in the integrated system solution produces about 60% lower equivalent CO2 emissions than the DHN generation mix. Moreover, using DHN as the heat source, the equivalent CO2 emissions can be reduced up to 98% in Sweden compared to conventional natural gas boilers. Hence, the combination of HTHPs and the DHN represents a step forward in the mitigation of climate change through the utilisation of sustainable energy conversion technologies

    Attenuation of alternative blowing agents in landfills

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