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Design and experimental research on the combined flash-binary geothermal power generation system driven by low-medium temperature geothermal system

To match for the different temperature of the geothermal resource and strengthen the flexibility of organic Rankine cycle (ORC), a variable capacity power generation superstructure based on Flash and ORC for geothermal energy was proposed. A combined Flash-binary experimental prototype is newly established to investigate thermodynamic performance both on system and equipment in this paper. Pressured hot water is adopted as the extensive worldwide existed hydrothermal geothermal resource, eliminating the influence of the used heat transfer oil on evaporating process. The experimental results show that there is an optimal mass flow rate of R245fa under the condition of different heat source temperature. Flash and binary power subsystem dominate the flash-binary power system respectively when the heat source temperature is 120ºC and 130ºC. The isotropic efficiency of modified compressor just between 0.2 and 0.25; the power output of per ton geofluid are 0.78 kWh• t-1and 1.31 kWh• t-1 respectively when the heat source temperature are 120ºC and 130ºC. These results will predict the operation data of flash-binary power plant driven by the low-medium temperature geothermal water for construction in Western of China.
PAPER REVISED: 2018-12-25
PAPER ACCEPTED: 2018-12-26
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