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Innovative high efficiency phase change fluid based heat engine

Innovative high efficiency phase change fluid based heat engine

Objective

A simple and economic engine concept is proposed as an alternative to the conventional heat engine.
The main innovative character of the project is determined by the conceptual approach toward technological solution of the challenging problems of heat engines with external heat supply. This approach includes the use of working fluids changing phase, with crucial benefits in terms of:
• liquid working fluid, being incompressible, decreases remarkably dead volumes and their influence on the efficiency;
• substantial reduction of the dead volume permits using of external heat exchangers and thus to solve the scale up problem;
• heat transfer can be improved because of the boiling and condensation processes;
• engines with liquid working fluid can be made much safer since in operation volume of gas/vapor phase is smaller whereas out of operation a high-pressure gas phase can be absent at all;
Up-Therm engine will be assembled in a micro-CHP (3 kW) prototype, which will demonstrate that:
• Up-THERM engine cost is much lower (< 500 €/kW) than other technologies (ICE, Stirlin, micro-turbine), thanks to its design simplicity;
• Specific power (kg/kW) is in line with the other product;
• Mainly for low power size the electrical efficiency of the innovative engine is incomparable. Making a comparison with the commercially available system with a power < 3 kW, the Up-THERM efficiency is almost double.
The tangible outcomes of the Up-THERM project, available to SME partners for exploitation, are:
1) Working fluid design for the thermal engine, with a proper characterization and performance evaluation.
2) Engine executive design of Up-THERM unit, with an integrated control strategy. The Up-THERM unit has to achieve the following targets: Pel = 1 – 3 kW; Thermal efficiency = 35% at least; Maintenance interval = 50,000 hour.
3) A 1-3 kWel Up-THERM CHP prototype, to be installed and tested to assess the real performance. The cost target of the whole CHP system has been fixed
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Coordinator

TEP ENERGY SOLUTION SRL

Address

Viale Regina Margherita 101
00198 Roma

Italy

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 346 937,10

Administrative Contact

Fabio De Angelis Corvi (Dr.)

Participants (7)

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ENCONTECH BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 250 535,88

NOON ENERGY SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 241 142

EFICEN RESEARCH SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 232 444,99

ALENCO NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 1 761,43

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE

Netherlands

LABOR SRL

Italy

IC CONSULTANTS LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 8 820

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 605826

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2013

  • End date

    31 October 2015

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 481 256,18

  • EU contribution

    € 1 081 641,40

Coordinated by:

TEP ENERGY SOLUTION SRL

Italy