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Energy and the Environment, 1999

ISSN:
1-56700-127-0 (Print)

SOLAR-POWERED ORGANIC RANKINE SYSTEM FOR DOMESTIC ELECTRIC-POWER GENERATION

Chuan-Hsien Kuo
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2125, U.S.A.

Wen-Jei Yang
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2125, U.S.A.

Norio Arai
Research Center for Advanced Energy Conversion,Nagoya University,Nagoya, 464-8603, Japan

Koichi Mori
Toyo-Technica, 3-4-5, Deki-machi, Higashi-ku, Nagoya, Japan

Abstract

Design and analysis of an solar-powered domestic scale electric generation power unit, by utilizing Rankine cycle with organic working fluid, are performed. The technically matured and commercially available Parabolic Trough Collector (PTC) is used to track, concentrate and collect the normal incident solar radiation. Actual meteorological data are used to perform a rough evaluation of the power generating capability of the system. It is concluded that such a domestic scale solar-thermal power generation system is feasible to be an alternative home energy source.