This study concerns a thermodynamic analysis of Organic Rankine Cycles for energy conversion from geothermal resources. A numerical flow-chart tool based on a lumped parameters approach is adopted to compute values of thermodynamic variables during each transformation composing the cycle. The equation of state is expressed by the Peng-Robinson formulation. The different plant components are outlined by single blocks, linked each other by connections through balance equations. Analyses are carried-out considering two working fluids (isopentane and isobutane). Results are obtained for several sets of operating parameters, such as the evaporation and condensation pressure for the working fluid, the mass flow rate of the geothermal fluid and the cooling water temperature. From results, thermodynamic cycles are built-up in the T-s plan, allowing to quantify effectiveness and energy benefit related to the investigated functional scenarios.

Thermodynamic analysis of ORC for energy production from geothermal resources

CAMMARATA, Luigi;
2013

Abstract

This study concerns a thermodynamic analysis of Organic Rankine Cycles for energy conversion from geothermal resources. A numerical flow-chart tool based on a lumped parameters approach is adopted to compute values of thermodynamic variables during each transformation composing the cycle. The equation of state is expressed by the Peng-Robinson formulation. The different plant components are outlined by single blocks, linked each other by connections through balance equations. Analyses are carried-out considering two working fluids (isopentane and isobutane). Results are obtained for several sets of operating parameters, such as the evaporation and condensation pressure for the working fluid, the mass flow rate of the geothermal fluid and the cooling water temperature. From results, thermodynamic cycles are built-up in the T-s plan, allowing to quantify effectiveness and energy benefit related to the investigated functional scenarios.
orc; geothermal; numerical simulation
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