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Improved Rankine Solar Heat and Power Generation


Rankine cycle technology has great potential in solar heat and power generation applications. However, its commercial potential could be augmented by increasing the efficiency and lowering the cost of the technology.

To address this opportunity, researchers at UC Berkeley have developed design improvements for Rankine solar applications. These design improvements improve the efficiency of heat transfer, and also can reduce the size and corresponding costs of the application.

Suggested Uses

Power generation, or combined heat and power generation -- at all scales including residential, small commercial, rural and large solar thermal power plants.


•Improved efficiency
•Improved cost effectiveness
•Simple, low cost design


Carey, Van P.
Gwak, Deborah A.