New trends and future prospects for the Organic Rankine Cycle power systems

28 Jan 2021 16:00 to 17:15

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New trends and future prospects for the Organic Rankine Cycle power systems

In light of current societal needs and of successful (or not) past R&D and commercialization experiences, this keynote will propose a vision of new relevant trends and future prospects for the ORC power systems.

To start with, the current major markets for ORC technology will be described as well as their evolutions. Among others, the talk will address biomass CHP, industrial waste heat recovery and geothermal power plants. Criteria to consider when analyzing the deployment of the technology in given fields will be discussed, including regulations in force and available incentives.

New applications and potential emerging markets will then be presented, including waste heat recovery from engines and gas turbines and Carnot batteries.

Challenges associated with new and evolving markets will be pointed out and some technical solutions to cope with these challenges will be presented. Underlying research questions will be highlighted.

This talk also aims at showing the boundary crossing between vapour compression heat pump/refrigeration and ORC systems. Both sectors are sharing some features and challenges in terms of working fluids, technologies of component, system integration and control. From this crossing, but also from their particularities, results in a large potential of parallel developments and associations of both sectors.      



Dr Vincent Lemort - Associate Professor, Thermodynamics Laboratory, University of Liège

Vincent Lemort obtained his PhD in 2008 from the University of Liège (ULiege). He has been a visiting scholar in Purdue University (USA) and in the Ecole des Mines of Paris. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Thermodynamics Laboratory of ULiege and he is leading the Energy Systems Research Group. His research and teaching activities deal with the modelling, the testing and the optimization of energy systems and more specifically displacement machines, small-scale Rankine cycle systems, heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems. He has published more than 200 journal and conference papers on these topics. He has a strong background in working in collaboration with Industry but also in the frame of international research projects (among which IEA and FP7 projects). He is the Chairman of the International Conference on System Simulation in Buildings (SSB). He was the Scientific Chairman of the ASME Seminar on ORC Power systems in 2015. He is also an active member of the Engine ORC Consortium (EORCC).


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This paper was originally presented as a keynote address at the International Rankine 2020 Conference. IOR members who were unable to take part in the international event now have the opportunity to hear Vincent Lemort give his presentation and Vincent will be joining the meeting to answer questions and discuss the subject with IOR members.