The development of small-scale efficient and low-cost Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) units using low temperature waste heat for electricity production is attracting a lot of interest nowadays. This paper presents the thermodynamic simulation of a small scale regenerative ORC testing facility. The facility mainly consists of an electric steam generator to produce steam at 170oC and 7.5 bar as hot source, water at 20oC as cold sink and a scroll compressor converted to be used as expander. Simulation was performed by means of MATLAB, and CoolProp external library was used for the thermo-physical properties of the R245fa, the organic working fluid. The performance of the system in a certain range of working conditions has been calculated, obtaining maximum efficiency of 9.6% and net power of 17 kW. Simulations are used to understand the effect of different characteristics of main components on the performance of the system before running the test bench. Thus, allowing the future experimental campaign that will verify the validity of the model.
|Titolo:||Thermodynamic simulation of a small-scale organic Rankine cycle testing facility using R245fa|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2018|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|