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Exergy Analysis of Two-Stage Organic Rankine Cycle Power Generation System

Beijing Key Laboratory of Multiphase Flow and Heat Transfer for Low Grade Energy Utilization, North China Electric Power University, Beijing 102206, China
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Entropy 2021, 23(1), 43; https://doi.org/10.3390/e23010043
Received: 30 November 2020 / Revised: 18 December 2020 / Accepted: 28 December 2020 / Published: 30 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Thermodynamics)
Organic Rankine cycle (ORC) power generation is an effective way to convert medium and low temperature heat into high-grade electricity. In this paper, the subcritical saturated organic Rankine cycle system with a heat source temperature of 100~150 °C is studied with four different organic working fluids. The variations of the exergy efficiencies for the single-stage/two-stage systems, heaters, and condensers with the heat source temperature are analyzed. Based on the condition when the exergy efficiency is maximized for the two-stage system, the effects of the mass split ratio of the geothermal fluid flowing into the preheaters and the exergy efficiency of the heater are studied. The main conclusions include: The exergy efficiency of the two-stage system is affected by the evaporation temperatures of the organic working fluid in both the high temperature and low temperature cycles and has a maximum value. Under the same heat sink and heat source parameters, the exergy efficiency of the two-stage system is larger than that of the single-stage system. For example, when the heat source temperature is 130 °C, the exergy efficiency of the two-stage system is increased by 9.4% compared with the single-stage system. For the two-stage system, analysis of the four organic working fluids shows that R600a has the highest exergy efficiency, although R600a is only suitable for heat source temperature below 140 °C, while other working fluids can be used in systems with higher heat source temperatures. The mass split ratio of the fluid in the preheaters of the two-stage system depends on the working fluid and the heat source temperature. As the heat source temperature increases, the range of the split ratio becomes narrower, and the curves are in the shape of an isosceles triangle. Therefore, different working fluids are suitable for different heat source temperatures, and appropriate working fluid and split ratio should be determined based on the heat source parameters. View Full-Text
Keywords: two-stage power generation system; split ratio; organic Rankine cycle; exergy analysis; organic working medium two-stage power generation system; split ratio; organic Rankine cycle; exergy analysis; organic working medium
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Liu, G.; Wang, Q.; Xu, J.; Miao, Z. Exergy Analysis of Two-Stage Organic Rankine Cycle Power Generation System. Entropy 2021, 23, 43. https://doi.org/10.3390/e23010043

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Liu, Guanglin, Qingyang Wang, Jinliang Xu, and Zheng Miao. 2021. "Exergy Analysis of Two-Stage Organic Rankine Cycle Power Generation System" Entropy 23, no. 1: 43. https://doi.org/10.3390/e23010043

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