TITLE

Modeling Small Scale Solar Powered ORC Unit for Standalone Application

AUTHOR(S)
Bocci, Enrico; Villarini, Mauro; Bove, Luca; Esposto, Stefano; Gasperini, Valerio
PUB. DATE
January 2012
SOURCE
Mathematical Problems in Engineering;2012, Vol. 2012, Special section p1
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
When the electricity from the grid is not available, the generation of electricity in remote areas is an essential challenge to satisfy important needs. In many developing countries the power generation from Diesel engines is the applied technical solution. However the cost and supply of fuel make a strong dependency of the communities on the external support. Alternatives to fuel combustion can be found in photovoltaic generators, and, with suitable conditions, small wind turbines or microhydroplants. The aim of the paper is to simulate the power generation of a generating unit using the Rankine Cycle and using refrigerant R245fa as a working fluid. The generation unit has thermal solar panels as heat source and photovoltaic modules for the needs of the auxiliary items (pumps, electronics, etc.). The paper illustrates the modeling of the system using TRNSYS platform, highlighting standard and "ad hoc" developed components as well as the global system efficiency. In the future the results of the simulation will be compared with the data collected from the 3 kW prototype under construction in the Tuscia University in Italy.
ACCESSION #
84916217

 

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