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Waste Heat Source Profiles for Marine Application of Organic Rankine Cycle

Lookup NU author(s): Chunwee Ng, Dr Ivan CK TamORCiD, Dr Ben WetenhallORCiD



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© 2022 by the authors.The maritime industry will continue to see increasing regulatory requirements to reduce carbon emissions from ships’ operations. Improving the energy efficiency of ships with waste heat recovery systems based on the organic Rankine cycle (ORC) is an attractive way to meet these tightening requirements. The operational profile of a ship has a huge influence on the feasibility of installing ORC onboard as it affects the waste heat source profile from the diesel engines. However, to date, scant attention has been paid to examining the effects that the operational profile has on the marine application of ORC as it is both difficult and expensive to obtain. The present paper aims to describe a methodology that can overcome this problem by developing a generic ship speed profile that defines the ship’s operational profile. This speed profile works together with a fit-for-purpose diesel engine waste heat model to derive a waste heat source profile that is used as the input to a thermoeconomic analysis that can justify the installation of ORC. The proposed methodology allows for an objective comparison of the feasibility of ORC subjected to variations in the operational profile. Furthermore, the optimum ORC design can be identified to meet payback time expectations of different shipowners.

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Author(s): Ng C, Tam ICK, Wetenhall B

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Marine Science and Engineering

Year: 2022

Volume: 10

Issue: 8

Online publication date: 15/08/2022

Acceptance date: 11/08/2022

Date deposited: 23/09/2022

ISSN (electronic): 2077-1312

Publisher: MDPI


DOI: 10.3390/jmse10081122


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