Precision Combustion, inc's Heat Exchanger Wins US Navy SBIR Phase I Award
NORTH HAVEN, CT (July 12, 2011)
Precision Combustion, Inc. (PCI) is developing a novel high performance heat exchanger for waste heat recovery designed for the aggressive conditions of a gas turbine in marine applications. Heat recovered would be utilized for auxiliary electrical generation (i.e. used to drive an Organic Rankine Cycle, thermo-electric generators, or Stirling engines). Recovering waste heat lost from a gas turbine and diesel engine offers the potential for significant fuel savings, improved cycle efficiency and additional electricity for on board marine applications. The design of a heat recovery device for this application is challenging due, in part, to highly transient engine operation, limitations on pressure drop, and weight and space constraints. PCI will explore a new approach towards a durable, simple, compact and efficient heat recovery heat exchanger addressing these issues.
Among targeted benefits, PCI's design seeks efficiency, corrosion resistance, reduced thermo mechanical stress and long term life. Commercialization could lead to application of the waste heat recovery technology across Navy ship engines (RR 501K, LM2500, MT30, ETF40B, TF40B) for primary propulsion and electricity generation onboard as well as implementation for commercial and industry exhaust heat recovery.
Dr. Benjamin Baird, Principal Investigator, says, "Successful development of an effective waste heat recovery system would have great benefits in increasing energy independence and reducing logistical burden. A high performance heat exchanger capable of withstanding the high thermal transients of the exhaust will be key to this system."
Precision Combustion, Inc. is a clean energy technology company developing and manufacturing catalytic devices and systems for energy sector applications. To learn more, visit www.precision-combustion.com.
The U.S. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program seeks to stimulate technological innovation through competitive solicitations targeted to solve government agency objectives. Approximately one in eight Phase I proposals are funded for proof-of-concept R&D, with 40%-45% of those advancing to a Phase II for sustained development. Winners keep the rights to technology developed and are encouraged to commercialize the technology.
For more information, contact: Tony Anderson
Manager, Marketing and Business Development