The paper addresses the feasibility of ozone-neutral low grade heat recovery to produce power. The low grade heat source can either be industrial exhaust or solar radiation. Using a scroll expander as a basis for testing, theoretical models yielded a thermal efficiency of 11%, utilizing a non-toxic and non-hazardous working fluid. This project spanned research and development of a system from the comparison of several working fluids, modeling of a theoretical 10 kW unit, the sizing and selection of appropriate system components, and the development of project management tools, in support of its real world development. A cost benefit analysis of the theoretical system shows that solar heat recovery with ozone-neutral refrigerant is a viable option for power generation, at about 1/3 the cost of a comparable photovoltaic system.

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