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Title: Improving Water and Energy Efficiency of Power Plant through Absorption Heat Pump

 [1];  [2]
  1. Purdue University
  2. ORNL
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Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Building Technologies Research and Integration Center (BTRIC)
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USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
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Conference: 2015 International Congress of Refrigeration, Yokohama, Japan, 20150816, 20150822
Country of Publication:
United States
Waste Heat Recovery; Energy-Water Nexus; Energy Savings; Water Savings

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Qu, Ming, and Abdelaziz, Omar. Improving Water and Energy Efficiency of Power Plant through Absorption Heat Pump. United States: N. p., 2015. Web.
Qu, Ming, & Abdelaziz, Omar. Improving Water and Energy Efficiency of Power Plant through Absorption Heat Pump. United States.
Qu, Ming, and Abdelaziz, Omar. 2015. "Improving Water and Energy Efficiency of Power Plant through Absorption Heat Pump". United States. doi:.
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  • Air-cooled geothermal plants suffer substantial decreases in generating capacity at increased ambient temperatures. As the ambient temperature rises by 50 F above a design value of 50 F, at low brine-resource temperatures, the decrease in generating capacity can be more than 50%. This decrease is caused primarily by increased condenser pressure. Using mixed-working fluids has recently drawn considerable attention for use in power cycles. Such cycles are more readily amenable to use of absorption ''heat pumps.'' For a system that uses ammonia and water as the mixed-working fluid, this paper evaluates using an absorption heat pump to reduce condenser backpressure.more » At high ambient temperatures, part of the turbine exhaust vapor is absorbed into a circulating mixed stream in an absorber in series with the main condenser. This steam is pumped up to a higher pressure and heated to strip the excess vapor, which is recondensed using an additional air-cooled condenser. The operating conditions are chosen to reconstitute this condensate back to the same concentration as drawn from the original system. We analyzed two power plants of nominal 1-megawatt capacity. The design resource temperatures were 250 F and 300 F. Ambient temperature was allowed to rise from a design value of 50 F to 100 F. The analyses indicate that using an absorption heat pump is feasible. For the 300 F resource, an increased brine flow of 30% resulted in a net power increase of 21%. For the 250 F resource, the increase was smaller. However, these results are highly plant- and equipment-specific because evaluations must be carried out at off-design conditions for the condenser. Such studies should be carried out for specific power plants that suffer most from increased ambient temperatures.« less
  • Characteristics of thermal-hydraulic phenomena in the steam injector were examined. In experiments, a water jet from a nozzle of 5 mm diameter flowed into the condensing test section pipe concentrically. The inner diameter of the condensing section was 7, 10, or 20 mm and the length was 105 mm. Steam flowed into the peripheral space between the water jet and the inner wall of the test section and condensed on the ware jet surface. The radial and the axial distributions of velocity and temperature of the water jet were measured. Analyses by using the STAR-CD code were also performed. Themore » temperature measured in the central portion of the water jet was higher than the predicted assuming the ordinary turbulent flow in a pipe. The temperature measured in the peripheral region was lower than the predicted. The radial temperature distribution measured was flatter than the predicted. When the steam condensation rate was large, the measured radial velocity distribution in the water jet was flatter than the predicted. In the case that the steam velocity was quite high, the velocity measured in the peripheral region was higher than that in the center portion. These results implied that the steam condensing on the water jet brought momentum in the water jet to result in more effective radial transport of heat and momentum. The STAR-CD code analyses to allow the interface between the wall that simulated the steam flow part and the water flow that stood for the water jet to move, i.e. creating momentum in-flux at the water jet interface, provided better results to support the experimental results. To increase the interfacial friction had a minor effect on the radial velocity distribution in the tested range. (authors)« less
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