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November 26, 2009

Organic Rankine Cycle – Camosun College

at 7:15 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets, Electronic Hacks

Hacked Gadgets went to Island Tech 2009 which was on Vancouver Island British Columbia Canada to check on the technology that was being demonstrated. Daniel Perera, a graduate student of the Mechanical Engineering Technology program at Camosun College demonstrated a project he and some other students had just completed. It’s a Organic Rankine Cycle which captures thermal energy and converts it into electricity. It captures solar energy in addition to either waste industrial heat or geothermal energy.

The DuPont Suva R123 (PDF link) refrigerant is heated which turns it to gas, the gas is directed into a Tesla Turbine which turns a generator creating electricity. The system is a closed loop which allows the cooled refrigerant to continuously cycle through the system. I wonder if the Hard Drive Platter Tesla Turbine could be adapted to this system!