Energy from humid air. Final report [electronic resource].
- Oak Ridge, Tenn. : Distributed by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, U.S. Dept. of Energy, 1979.
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- Pages: 99 : digital, PDF file
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- United States. Department of Energy. Office of Scientific and Technical Information
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- Free-to-read Unrestricted online access
- Results to date are presented for a research project which is in progress at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. The goal of the research is to find a cost-effective process to convert the energy in humid air into mechanical work, which will be used to drive an electrical generator. The research is being carried out by computer modeling. Results for a natural draft tower show that it is not a cost-effective way to get energy from humid air. Parametric studies are presented for expansion-compression cycles. With suitable conditions, including large amounts of cooling during compression, this cycle has an attractive net work output. To avoid using all the output power to overcome machine losses, it appears necessary to use a one-machine mechanization. The most promising uses vortex flow to achieve the necessary expansion and subsequent compression with cooling. Power output and costs have been estimated for a vortex plant located in Puerto Rico.
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- E 1.99:dse-2553-79/1
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- Published through SciTech Connect.
Oliver, T.K.; Groves, W.N.; Gruber, C.L.; Cheung, A.
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City (USA)
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