End of ORC fantasies?
March 31, 2016 01:07PM
Looks like Diesel manufacturers are going to get serious about turbo-compounding their engines. Given the relative simplicity, lower cost and proven technology I imagine this makes a Rankine cycle waste heat recovery system unlikely...

Ken

SAE article - Volvo
Re: End of ORC fantasies?
March 31, 2016 06:39PM
When I was living in Miami years ago there was a solar ORC company I actually talked to the owner. I cant find it today. the system used refrigerant as the working fluid and was a sealed system. It used a rotary valve and there was confusion on the valve gear as in the machinist wanted to patent the valve gear.

A lot of these company's boast about solar power. The guy with the ORC I was talking with, used a high volume condenser of some sort.

I think that's problem with a ORC you have to trade area for condensing thus pulling energy from the environment.

I discovered that you could absorb the heat in air when I was running engines from high pressure (2400psi) C25 the engines got very cold but since it was a 4 cycle, there was heat of compression so the engine did not ice over. Also worth noting is that the flywheel acts as a fan and flows air over the cooling fins, this made a huge difference in performance.
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