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Dynamic Modeling of a Novel Cooling, Heat, Power, and Water Microturbine Combined Cycle

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ChoonJae Ryu, Aditya Srinivasan, David R. Tiffany, John F. Crittenden, William E. Lear, S. A. Sherif

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Paper No. ES2008-54095, pp. 735-746; 12 pages
  • ASME 2008 2nd International Conference on Energy Sustainability collocated with the Heat Transfer, Fluids Engineering, and 3rd Energy Nanotechnology Conferences
  • ASME 2008 2nd International Conference on Energy Sustainability, Volume 1
  • Jacksonville, Florida, USA, August 10–14, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Advanced Energy Systems Division and Solar Energy Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4319-2 | eISBN: 0-7918-3832-3
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


The Power, Water Extraction, and Refrigeration (PoWER) engine has been investigated for several years as a distributed energy (DE) system among other applications for civilian or military use. Previous literature describing its modeling and experimental demonstration have indicated several benefits, especially when the underlying semi-closed cycle gas turbine is combined with a vapor absorption refrigeration system, the PoWER system described herein. The benefits include increased efficiency, high part-power efficiency, small lapse rate, compactness, low emissions, lower air and exhaust flows (which decrease filtration and duct size) and condensation of fresh water. The present paper describes the preliminary design and its modeling of a modified version of this system as applied to DE system, especially useful in regions which are prone to major grid interruptions due to hurricanes, under-capacity, or terrorism. In such cases, the DE system should support most or all services within an isolated service island, including ice production, so that the influence of the power outage is contained in magnitude and scope. The paper describes the rather straightforward system modifications necessary for ice production. However, the primary focus of the paper is on dynamic modeling of the ice making capacity to achieve significant load-leveling during the summer utility peak, hence reducing the electrical capacity requirements for the grid.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME



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