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Experimental investigation of a Thermally Driven Heat Pump based on a double Organic Rankine Cycle and an oil-free Compressor-Turbine Unit

This paper presents the experimental investigation of a concept of Thermally Driven Heat Pump (TDHP), based on the coupling of a vapor compression heat pump cycle and an Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC). The studied concept uses a single stage centrifugal compressor directly coupled to a single stage radial inflow turbine. The shaft is rotating on gas bearings, which allows the system to be oil-free. Like most of the other TDHP's, this system has the advantage to work with a variety of fuels or heat sources like wood pellets, natural gas, solar heat, geothermal heat or waste heat. A prototype using R134a as working fluid and with a heating capacity of about 40 kW has been developed. The results of the first tests are presented. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd and IIR. All rights reserved.

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