The performance of dry-cooled ORC systems varies significantly with environmental conditions, diurnally and seasonally. This study analyzes the impact of environmental conditions on overall performance and operational control of dry-cooled ORC systems with fixed and variable geometry expanders. Performance analysis results are extended to time-series environmental data to determine the expected performance of a system over long durations. Analysis results indicate that, if other factors are held constant, variable speed condenser fans produce minimal performance improvement, while variable-geometry expanders have a significant impact.

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