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Electricity Generation from Low Temperature Sources

Author(s): N. Galanis | E. Cayer | P. Roy | E.S Denis | M. D├ęsilets

Journal: Journal of Applied Fluid Mechanics
ISSN 1735-3572

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 55;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: waste heat | solar energy | geothermal energy | organic Rankine cycles | trans-critical cycles | cycles with binary mixtures | prototypes | thermodynamic analysis | literature review

Power plants using conventional processes and unconventional fluids have a significant potential for the valorization of low and medium temperature renewable energy sources as well as waste heat from industrial, commercial or institutional installations. This review paper describes some prototypes of such power plants and summarizes some of the relevant scientific and technical literature. An analysis based on the first and second laws of thermodynamics and basic heat transfer relations is used to illustrate the operational limits and performance characteristics of these power plants.
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