Power Generation

Power generation options

The generation of heat through the combustion and conversion of fuels into thermal energy allows us to generate power in the form of heat. This heat can be used to directly power a clients process or be efficiently converted to Electricity or a combination of both as Combined Heat and Power (CHP).

Tidy Planet offers both electricity and CHP options in partnership with Turboden a group company of MHI (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries) – one of the world’s leading heavy machinery manufacturers.

Turboden has been a global leader in the design, manufacture, and maintenance of Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) systems since 1980 – it has innovation and performance at its core.

Turboden ORC

The Turboden ORC system works most efficiently when using high temperature thermal oil as its heat source and offers many advantages over conventional steam turbines, including up to 29% electricity production efficiency.
The use of organic fluid rather than steam has a number of advantages. Lower rotational speeds and mechanical stresses – leading to decreased turbine and component wear and maintenance downtime – plus the avoidance of corrosion commonly found in steam systems.
The result is a system ideally suited to high-efficiency, smaller-scale electricity production with guaranteed uptime of up to 98% and simple, reliable operation.

The ORC System

The ORC unit is a system based on a closed-loop thermodynamic cycle for the generation of electric and thermal power, especially suitable for distributed generation.
ORC systems can generate electric and thermal power from multiple sources, such as renewables (biomass, geothermal energy, solar energy), traditional fuels and waste fuels such as RDF or SRF.

How the Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) works

The Organic Rankine Cycle’s principle is based on a turbogenerator working as a conventional steam turbine to transform thermal energy into mechanical energy and finally into electric energy through an electrical generator.
Instead of generating steam from water, the ORC system vaporizes an organic fluid, characterized by a molecular mass higher than that of water, which leads to a slower rotation of the turbine, lower pressures and no erosion of the metal parts and blades.