Small scale energy production systems

Fuel cells

Fuel Cells are one of the future technologies for small scale high efficiency production. In order to better understand the thermal behavior and develop strategies for thermal management, thermodynamic models are developed for AFC, SOFC, MCFC and PEMFC. Current research is focusing on the application of Alkaline Fuel Cells for building coupled CHP.

Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC)

Organic Rankine cycles are an interesting technology for waste heat recovery. Several industrial realizations are known. There are still a lot of issues to be looked at in order to realize higher efficiencies and better performance. Research focuses on thermodynamic modeling of eg supercritical ORCs, control strategies and the design of heat exchangers for ORC cycles.