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Research and development on cogeneration

Research and development on cogeneration

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Cogeneration has been applied for more than a century and, consequently, it can be considered a mature technology. However, new challenges, such as increased awareness of the depletion of fuels and other natural resources, the pollution of the environment beyond acceptable limits and the scarcity of water in many areas on earth, give the impetus for a continuous research and development (R&D) on cogeneration systems. Samples of this activity are given in this chapter, arranged by the focus subjects of R&D. The reference list cannot be exhaustive; it is indicative only.

Chapter Contents:

  • 15.1 Introduction
  • 15.2 Advancements in cogeneration technologies
  • 15.2.1 Steam systems
  • 15.2.2 Combined cycles
  • 15.2.3 Organic Rankine cycles
  • 15.2.4 Fuel cells and hybrid systems
  • 15.2.5 Thermoelectric generators
  • 15.2.6 Nuclear plants
  • 15.3 Cogeneration and renewable energy
  • 15.3.1 Biomass
  • 15.3.2 Solar energy
  • 15.3.3 Geothermal energy
  • 15.4 Storage of thermal and electric energy
  • 15.4.1 Storage of thermal energy
  • 15.4.2 Storage of electric energy
  • 15.5 Reduction of emissions
  • References

Inspec keywords: cogeneration; research and development

Other keywords: cogeneration systems; water scarcity; environment pollution; fuel depletion; research and development; natural resources depletion

Subjects: Administration and management; Thermal power stations and plants

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