ElectraTherm – Green energy generated from industrial heat
The options we have now-a- days for alternate energy seem to be expanding at a fierce pace. A typical home solar installation can generate between two and four kilowatts, while Google’s solar array at its corporate headquarters–considered the largest in the U.S.–is 1.6 megawatts. Now a company called ElectraTherm has developed a 50-kilowatt machine that uses industrial waste heat as its “fuel.”The machine uses an organic Rankine cycle to heat liquids which are turned into a vapor that turns a turbine to make electricity. The thermoelectric effect has been known since the early 19th century. But the idea of making electricity from heat appears to be getting more attention.
The firm says that the unit does not require any specialized electronics and is relatively easy to maintain. The unit can produce energy for up to 40 homes and the basic technology can be scaled up to produce up to 500 kilowatts.
Via – Newlaunches