To have a successful application of an ORC system, the availability of an adequate heat source is crucial. In principal every heat-generating process, such as burning fossil fuel, can be taken as a heat source for ORC.
However, the aim is to improve energy efficiency and sustainability of new or existing applications with the focus on waste heat and renewable energy sources.
Three sectors have been identified as potential sources for the application of ORC power generation:
- The electricity and heat generation sector is the biggest consumer of primary energy ( around 38% of the world’s total consumption) AND the biggest emitter of waste energy (almost 50% of the world’s rejected heat).
- The industrial sector (30%) closely follows, having the second biggest energy consumption. However the use of energy in the industry is more efficient than in other sectors, which limits availability of waste heat.
- The transportation sector, although being the third biggest consumer of energy is the second most important producer of waste heat. This is explained by the low efficiency of engines as well as the reduced load and usage factor of vehicles.
So now the question is, should you be implementing the organic rankine cycle in your power generation applications? Where do you begin?
Well, you can start by registering for our upcoming training workshop, “Design of a Waste Heat Recovery System” scheduled from March 3-7 in Boston, MA.
Learn more about the course by clicking here.