waste heat

ChatGPT & DALL-E generated panoramic image of a pile of supersaturated sodium acetate (Hot Ice) hand warmers on a steel barge on the Thames.

Barges Of Giant Hand Warmers Likely Won’t Be Heating London

This morning Dave Borlace of YouTube Just Have a Think fame reached out to ask me about a scheme to capture waste heat from a trash burning electricity plant, put it in thermal storage on barges and tow it 28 kilometers upriver to displace gas burning boilers in a district heating … [continued]

Solar & Waste Heat (TalkSolar Podcast)

Leveraging waste heat is a model for making any energy production more efficient. In the TalkSolar podcast below, I interview Phil Brennan, I his company’s technology fits in with the solar equation and the DOE project that is exploring waste heat and the solar connection. Echogen Power Solutions is taking what was once waste and … [continued]

Cogeneration Goes Global

by Chadwick Wasilenkoff  Sometimes what’s old becomes new again and “cogeneration,” which is over 130 years old, is gathering momentum across the world.  “Combined heat and power (CHP), also known as cogeneration, is the simultaneous production of electricity and heat from a single fuel source, such as natural gas, biomass, … [continued]

Organic Rankine Cycle: The Evolution of Water

Industry can’t exist without water. Producing anything involves heat. When you’re a manufacturing facility, you’re lucky to be pushing out exhaust heat at less than 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

It costs water to make steel, water to make cement, even water to make solar PV panels and wind turbines. And then it costs water to continue to run things. For example, your average solar parabolic plant sucks up between 760 and 920 gallons for every megawatt hour produced. (Editor’s Note: wind and solar PV use a ton less than other power generation options, though.)