Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Using Double-Stage Rankine Cycle
AbstractOcean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) using non-azeotropic mixtures such as ammonia/water as working fluid and the multistage cycle has been investigated in order to improve the thermal efficiency of the cycle because of small ocean temperature differences. The performance and effectiveness of the multistage cycle are barely understood. In addition, previous evaluation methods of heat exchange process cannot clearly indicate the influence of the thermophysical characteristics of the working fluid on the power output. Consequently, this study investigated the influence of reduction of the irreversible losses in the heat exchange process on the system performance in double-stage Rankine cycle using pure working fluid. Single Rankine, double-stage Rankine and Kalina cycles were analyzed to ascertain the system characteristics. The simple evaluation method of the temperature difference between the working fluid and the seawater is applied to this analysis. From the results of the parametric performance analysis it can be considered that double-stage Rankine cycle using pure working fluid can reduce the irreversible losses in the heat exchange process as with the Kalina cycle using an ammonia/water mixture. Considering the maximum power efficiency obtained in the study, double-stage Rankine and Kalina cycles can improve the power output by reducing the irreversible losses in the cycle. View Full-Text
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Ikegami, Y.; Yasunaga, T.; Morisaki, T. Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Using Double-Stage Rankine Cycle. J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2018, 6, 21.
Ikegami Y, Yasunaga T, Morisaki T. Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Using Double-Stage Rankine Cycle. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering. 2018; 6(1):21.Chicago/Turabian Style
Ikegami, Yasuyuki; Yasunaga, Takeshi; Morisaki, Takafumi. 2018. "Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Using Double-Stage Rankine Cycle." J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 6, no. 1: 21.
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