Power systems based on Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) technology have been recognized as one of the most promising solutions in converting low- and medium-temperature heat into electricity. In this paper, experimental results of the utilization of charge air heat by means of ORC are presented. The experimental setup consists of a 1.6 MWe diesel engine and an ORC process utilizing charge air heat in which the turbine-generator has been replaced with an expansion valve. Thus, no mechanical or electrical power was extracted from the system and the primary focus of the experiments was to study the performance of the evaporator acting as a charge air cooler. The studied working fluids were R245fa and isopentane. The test runs were carried out at full engine load and at engine part loads. In addition, transient tests were carried out. Based on the measured values the ORC utilizing charge air heat was evaluated to be capable to increase the power output of the test engine by 2%.
|Journal||Applied Thermal Engineering|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
|MoE publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|
- charge air
- organic fluid
- organic Rankine cycle
- waste heat recovery