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Heat to Power Conversion

SINTEF has a wide experimental and numerical expertise in all the main aspects within development of technology for converting heat to electrical power; heat exchange and heat capture, process development, system design, experimental activity and industrial implementation.

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We work within these areas:

  • Capture of surplus heat from process streams and hot surfaces; compact and effective heat exchange
  • Conversion of surplus heat to electrical power; technology development and system-optimization. 
  • We have unique expertise within CO2-technology (transcritical processes)
  • Cost estimation and techno-economic analysis

Typical projects for us are:

  • Development of new concepts to solve concrete issues
  • Develop and optimize energy efficient and competitive system solutions
  • Analyse, evaluate and compare technology options and concepts
  • Optimize configuration and operational parameters in power producing cycle
  • Optimize heat exchanger design

The methods we use are: 
SINTEF develops knowledge and new technology through a well-balanced mix of theoretical understanding, numerical modelling and experimental investigations. We have advanced in-house models for i.a.

  • Non-stationary processes and dynamic system simulation
  • Optimization or analysis of operating parameters and part-load properties
  • Optimization of complex system layouts
  • Detailed component models, with a particular focus on the heat exchangers

Who are we doing this for?

  • The material, metal and chemical industry 
  • The oil and gas industry 
  • Shipping and marine
  • Technology venders 

Relevant projects: 

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Relevant projects




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