Covanta Energy, in cooperation with United Technologies Corporation (UTC), has evaluated, designed, and is in the process of installing an Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) system at its Haverhill Energy from Waste (EfW) Facility to improve heat recovery and energy efficiency, and to generate more clean renewable energy. ORC systems have been applied in geothermal applications and some other industrial processes to recover low grade and waste energy to generate electricity. This paper describes the design and integration of the ORC system into the Haverhill EfW steam cycle, and the landfill gas engine system, which also operates at the facility. The anticipated energy efficiency improvements and increased net power output have been analyzed and simulated. The results show that the integration of the ORC system could lead to a potential increase in the net power output by as much as 305 kWe in the summer and by 210 kWe in normal weather. It is also anticipated that with the ORC system the facility has the potential to improve the overall plant energy efficiency, as well as save city water.
- Solid Waste Processing Division and Environmental Engineering Division
Energy Recovery Improvement Using Organic Rankine Cycle at Covanta’s Haverhill Facility
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Cui, H, Lynch, J, McQuillan, D, Becker, J, & Sundel, T. "Energy Recovery Improvement Using Organic Rankine Cycle at Covanta’s Haverhill Facility." Proceedings of the 18th Annual North American Waste-to-Energy Conference. 18th Annual North American Waste-to-Energy Conference. Orlando, Florida, USA. May 11–13, 2010. pp. 203-208. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/NAWTEC18-3563
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