Whether it’s to drive you to work, power up your electronic devices, fly you to your holiday destination (extraterrestrial or not), or even set up the perfect lighting for this Valentine’s Day, your daily life requires power production. Although renewable energies are gaining popularity, many people remain unprepared to make the complete switch to these innovative power sources (except Iceland). Making the things we have more “energy efficient” or “green” has become an attractive marketing tool for many of businesses.
Tightening regulations push designers to come up with new ways of reducing environmental footprints, and a trendy way to do so is through waste heat recovery. Just as its name suggests, waste heat recovery uses the heat from any process that would otherwise be wasted. Transferring this energy to a fluid can then power a turbine and create useful work at no additional cost (no extra fuel or energy is needed). The white paper below discusses an example of waste heat recovery for a heavy-duty truck application (also other sectors are applicable) that allows for an internal combustion engine boost of up to 6.5%.