Book in Focus
What Every Engineer Should Know about the Organic Rankine Cycle and Waste Energy Recovery"/>

26th October 2022

Book in Focus
What Every Engineer Should Know about the Organic Rankine Cycle and Waste Energy Recovery

By Ali. H. Tarrad


What Was the Inspiration for Writing the Book?

The international awareness of global warming potential (GWP) and Ozone depletion potential (ODP) has led scientists to focus on developing technologies to offset the adverse effects of these factors. However, the rapid growth in the field of power plants does not match the increase in the global population. As such, this book is motivated by scientists’ concerns about the extinction of energy sources and finding environmentally friendly energy sources. It focuses on producing electricity from a clean energy source and waste energy recovery by utilizing Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) technology to convert thermal energy into electricity.

What Is Unique about It?

This book details the first law of thermodynamics and its application to the organic Rankine cycle in both simple and more complicated architectures of these units, as shown in Fig. 1.

(a) Simple Organic Rankine Cycle (SORC)

(b) Compound Regenerative Organic Rankine Cycle with Economizer (CRORCE)

Figure 1: Typical ORC architectures

The presentation of the book helps engineers apply the physical fundamentals of thermodynamics and heat transfer for both basic and complex ORC arrangements. As such, it provides a simple recipe for the thermal performance prediction of these cycles. The book outlines in detail a complete description and functioning methodology of all components of the ORC, and provides a comparative study of several ORC architectures integrated with different circulating organic fluids (pure and mixtures), showing that the application of such technologies is promising in managing the thermal aspects of industrial sites. Furthermore, the availability of various waste energy sources at different temperature levels at the site is discussed with regards to circulating similar or different fluids throughout the ORC.

Each chapter of the book concludes with several practical suggestions for the currently available operating conditions in the industry. Furthermore, the book addresses energy management on industrial sites both efficiently and practically. In addition, it includes a review of recent developments in the application of ORC technology in electricity production and efficient operation.


Ali. H. Tarrad currently works as a Researcher at the Theoretical and Applied Energetics and Mechanics Laboratory (LEMTA), a joint research unit of CNRS and the University of Lorraine, France, and has over 14 years’ industry experience as a thermal engineering specialist. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Heriot-Watt University, UK, in 1991. His work covers the areas of heat transfer, air conditioning and refrigeration, renewable energy, and waste energy recover, and he is the author of several journal articles, book chapters, and reports.


What Every Engineer Should Know about the Organic Rankine Cycle and Waste Energy Recovery is available now in Hardback at a 25% discount. Enter code PROMO25 at checkout to redeem.

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