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The Development and Application of Organic Rankine Cycle for Vehicle Waste Heat Recovery

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Yiji LuORCiD, Professor Tony Roskilly



This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).


The development of engine waste heat recovery (WHR) technologies attracts ever increasing interests due to the rising strict policy requirements and environmental concerns. Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) can convert low medium grade heat into electrical or mechanical power and has been widely recognized as the most promising heat-driven technologies. A typical internal combustion engine (ICE) converts around 30% of the overall fuel energy into effective mechanical power and the rest of fuel energy is dumped through the engine exhaust system and cooling system. Integrating a well-designed ORC system to ICE can effectively improve the overall energy efficiency and reduce emissions with around 2–5 years payback period through fuel saving. This book chapter is meant to provide an overview of the technical development and application of ORC technology to recover wasted thermal energy from the ICE with a particular focus on vehicle applications.

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Author(s): Lu YJ, Roskilly AP, Yu XL

Editor(s): Enhua Wang

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Organic Rankine Cycle Technology for Heat Recovery

Year: 2018

Pages: 127-147

Print publication date: 07/11/2018

Online publication date: 05/11/2018

Acceptance date: 08/05/2018

Publisher: IntechOpen

Place Published: London


DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.78401

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781789843484