Analysis of an Innovative Expander for Residential Solar Thermal Power Generation
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. Department of Mechanical Engineering Honors Theses; 2010
Current development of renewable solar energy using traditional thermodynamic systems is predominantly focused on the utility scale. The purpose of this project was to develop a methodology for thermodynamic analysis of an innovative expander device to be used in residential solar thermal power generation so the benefits of large scale solar thermal power plants can be realized on a smaller residential scale. The process that is presented for the expander with complex geometry and motion can be used in the future to develop the necessary volume and inlet port area functions to predict the potential electrical output of the device if it were coupled to an electric generator in a power generation cycle. The device the analysis methodology was based on has the potential to revolutionize renewable energy for individual homeowners by providing an affordable alternative for residential electrical generation.
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