Power Generation Technologies for Low-Temperature and Distributed Heat - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128180228

Power Generation Technologies for Low-Temperature and Distributed Heat

1st Edition

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Editors: Christos Markides
Paperback ISBN: 9780128180228
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 1st September 2020
Page Count: 300
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Table of Contents

1: Introduction
Christos Markides and Kai Wang

2: Rankine cycle and variants
Steam Rankine cycles
Michel de Paepe and Steven Lecompte
Organic Rankine cycles
Michel de Paepe and Steven Lecompte
Kalina cycles
Tangellapalli Srinivas
Trilateral and partial evaporating cycles
Ian Smith
Flash cycles
Ian Smith
Other variants
Ian Smith

3: CO2 cycles
Transcritical CO2 Rankine cycles
Jeong Ik Lee
Supercritical CO2 Brayton cycles
Jeong Ik Lee

4: Unsteady cycles
Stirling engines
Michel Feidt and Lavinia Grosu
Thermoacoustic engines
Artur Jaworski
Thermofluidic engines
Christos Markides

5: Solid state devices
Thermoelectric generators
Sohel Rana and Aliakbar Akbarzadeh
Thermomagnetic generators
Tien-Kan Chung
Pyroelectric generators
Tien-Kan Chung

6: Other technologies
Jennifer M. Pringle
Jennifer M. Pringle
Thermally regenerative batteries
Microbial reverse-electrodialysis devices

7: Thermal energy storage options
Yulong Ding

8: Summary and future outlook
Christos Markides and Kai Wang


Power Generation Technologies for Low-Temperature and Distributed Heat presents a systematic and detailed analysis of a wide range of power generation systems for low-temperature (lower than 700-800°C) and distributed heat recovery applications. Each technology presented is reviewed by a well-known specialist to provide the reader with an accurate, insightful and up-to-date understanding of the latest research and knowledge in the field. Technologies are introduced before the fundamental concepts and theoretical technical and economic aspects are discussed, as well as the practical performance expectations. Cutting-edge technical progress, key applications, markets, as well as emerging and future trends are also provided, presenting a multifaceted and complete view of the most suitable technologies.

A chapter on various options for thermal and electrical energy storage is also included with practical examples, making this a valuable resource for engineers, researchers, policymakers and engineering students in the fields of thermal energy, distributed power generation systems and renewable and clean energy technology systems.

Key Features

  • Presents detailed characteristics of power generation systems based on thermomechanical cycles, membrane technology, thermochemical, thermoelectric, photoelectric and electrochemical effects
  • Includes practical examples of all technologies discussed
  • Details advantages and disadvantages, allowing the reader to make informed decisions


Engineers, managers and industrial experts in heat conversion, thermal energy, distributed power generation systems, advanced energy systems; technology designers in power generation technologies for low-temperature and distributed heat and energy storage; Postgraduate students, academics and researchers in energy and process engineering; policy makers and investors


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About the Editors

Christos Markides Editor

Professor Christos Markides is Professor in Clean Energy Technologies and Head of the Clean Energy Process (CEP) Laboratory numbering approx. 40 staff and students. He also leads the Energy Research Theme at the Department of Chemical Engineering, and the cross-faculty Energy Efficiency Network at Imperial College London. His current research interests focus primarily on the application of fundamental principles of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat and mass transfer to innovative renewable energy technologies, and high-performance components, devices and systems for energy (heat, power, cooling) recovery, conversion, integration and storage, with an emphasis on the efficient and cost-effective utilisation of low-temperature (solar or waste) heat. He has written more than 300 scientific articles in these areas, including sole-author and review articles, that have been published in journals or presented at international conferences.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Clean Energy Technologies and Head of the Clean Energy Process (CEP) Laboratory, Imperial College London, UK