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State-of-the-art technologies on low-grade heat recovery and utilization in industry

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Janie Ling Chin, Dr Huashan Bao, Dr Zhiwei Ma, Wendy Taylor, Professor Tony Roskilly



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To improve energy efficiency in industry, low-grade heat recovery technologies have been advanced continuously. This Chapter aims to provide a basic understanding of state-of-the-art technologies for low-grade heat recovery and utilisation in industry, which are developed based on the concept of thermodynamic cycles. The technologies include adsorption, absorption, liquid desiccant, organic Rankine cycles (ORC) and Kalina cycles. The definition of low-grade heat sources, the working principle, recent advances in research and development and commercial applications of the technologies (if any) will be discussed, followed by concluding remarks on advantages and disadvantages, future outlook, barriers and opportunities.

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Author(s): Ling-Chin J, Bao H, Ma Z, Taylor W, Roskilly AP

Editor(s): Ibrahim H. Al-Bahadly

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Energy Conversion: Current Technologies and Future Trends

Year: 2019

Print publication date: 16/01/2019

Online publication date: 05/11/2018

Acceptance date: 15/05/2018

Publisher: IntechOpen


DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.78701

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ISBN: 9781789849059