Fluid Dynamic Processes
Traditionally, society's heat and power have been derived from centralized power plant processes. In the first half of the last century, centralised steam-driven power plants based on the Rankine cycle were mainly used. Since the 1960s, gas turbine power plants have become prevalent, with their increased efficiency based on the development of the Brayton cycle.
When exploring the future of decentralized, low-power energy solutions, we can lean on both technologies. The most advanced low-power solutions utilise the development of the Clausius-Rankine cycle in heat pumps.
The Fluid Dynamics Laboratory has conducted design and testing for the ORC process, with low- and high-power steam turbines, gas and micro turbines, and refrigeration equipment.