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Energies 2018, 11(6), 1515; https://doi.org/10.3390/en11061515

An Improved Heating System with Waste Pressure Utilization in a Combined Heat and Power Unit

National Thermal Power Engineering and Technology Research Center, North China Electric Power University, Beijing 102206, China
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Received: 6 May 2018 / Revised: 1 June 2018 / Accepted: 4 June 2018 / Published: 11 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Electrical Power and Energy System)
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An improved heating system integrated with waste pressure utilization (WPU) for combined heat and power (CHP) cogeneration was proposed. The new heating system efficiently utilized the excess pressure of the extraction heating steam to drive the WPU turbine and generator for producing electricity, achieving higher energy efficiency and lower fuel consumption of the CHP unit. The results of the detailed thermodynamic analysis showed that applying the proposed concept in a typical 300 MW coal-fired CHP unit could reduce the standard coal consumption rate by 9.84 g/(kW·h), with a thermal efficiency improvement of 1.97% (absolute value). Compared to that of the original heating process, the energy efficiency of the proposed process decreased by 0.55% (absolute value), but its exergy efficiency increased dramatically by 17.97% (absolute value), which meant that the proposed configuration could make better use of the steam energy and contribute to the better performance of the CHP unit. As the unit generation load and supply and return-water temperatures declined and the unit heating load rose, the WPU system would generate more electricity and its energy-saving benefit would be enhanced. This work provides a promising approach to further advance the CHP technology and district heating systems. View Full-Text
Keywords: combine heat and power; heating system; waste pressure utilization; thermodynamic analysis; energy-saving combine heat and power; heating system; waste pressure utilization; thermodynamic analysis; energy-saving
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Chen, H.; Xu, J.; Xiao, Y.; Qi, Z.; Xu, G.; Yang, Y. An Improved Heating System with Waste Pressure Utilization in a Combined Heat and Power Unit. Energies 2018, 11, 1515.

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