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Title: Stirling total energy systems study. Final report, May 15, 1976--June 13, 1977

Abstract

The application of Stirling cycle prime movers to total energy power generation systems was investigated. Electrical, heating, and cooling demand profiles for a typical residential complex, hospital, and office building were studied, and alternative Stirling total energy systems were conceptualized for each site. These were analyzed in detail and contrasted with purchased-power systems for these sites to determine fuel-energy savings and investment attractiveness. The residential complex and hospital would be excellent candidates for total energy systems, and prime movers in the 1000 kW output range would be required. Stirling engines with so large an output have not been built to date, although there would be no fundamental technical barrier to prevent this. However, careful consideration must be given to the following technological decision areas before arriving at a final design, if its potential is to be realized: engine configuration, hotside heat exchange interface, engine control system, internal gas seals, and advanced coal combustion technology. The principal advantage of a Stirling prime mover in this application, in view of national concern over present and future dependence on oil, is that it could utilize low-grade liquid fuels and coal.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Philips Labs., Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. (USA)
OSTI Identifier:
5172699
Report Number(s):
HCP/T2947-1
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; APARTMENT BUILDINGS; ENERGY CONSERVATION; TOTAL ENERGY SYSTEMS; COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS; HOSPITALS; ECONOMICS; FEASIBILITY STUDIES; PERFORMANCE; AIR CONDITIONING; CO-GENERATION; DESIGN; FUELS; HEAT EXCHANGERS; OPERATION; POWER GENERATION; SPACE HEATING; STIRLING CYCLE; STIRLING ENGINES; BUILDINGS; ENGINES; HEAT ENGINES; HEATING; MEDICAL CENTERS; RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS; STEAM GENERATION; THERMODYNAMIC CYCLES; 320100* - Energy Conservation, Consumption, & Utilization- Buildings; 290100 - Energy Planning & Policy- Energy Analysis & Modeling; 291000 - Energy Planning & Policy- Conservation

Citation Formats

Lehrfeld, D. Stirling total energy systems study. Final report, May 15, 1976--June 13, 1977. United States: N. p., 1977. Web. doi:10.2172/5172699.
Lehrfeld, D. Stirling total energy systems study. Final report, May 15, 1976--June 13, 1977. United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/5172699
Lehrfeld, D. 1977. "Stirling total energy systems study. Final report, May 15, 1976--June 13, 1977". United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/5172699. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/5172699.
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title = {Stirling total energy systems study. Final report, May 15, 1976--June 13, 1977},
author = {Lehrfeld, D.},
abstractNote = {The application of Stirling cycle prime movers to total energy power generation systems was investigated. Electrical, heating, and cooling demand profiles for a typical residential complex, hospital, and office building were studied, and alternative Stirling total energy systems were conceptualized for each site. These were analyzed in detail and contrasted with purchased-power systems for these sites to determine fuel-energy savings and investment attractiveness. The residential complex and hospital would be excellent candidates for total energy systems, and prime movers in the 1000 kW output range would be required. Stirling engines with so large an output have not been built to date, although there would be no fundamental technical barrier to prevent this. However, careful consideration must be given to the following technological decision areas before arriving at a final design, if its potential is to be realized: engine configuration, hotside heat exchange interface, engine control system, internal gas seals, and advanced coal combustion technology. The principal advantage of a Stirling prime mover in this application, in view of national concern over present and future dependence on oil, is that it could utilize low-grade liquid fuels and coal.},
doi = {10.2172/5172699},
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place = {United States},
year = {1977},
month = {8}
}