SHORT REVIEW OF THE LONG HISTORY OF ORC POWER SYSTEMS AND THEIR MODERN IMPLEMENTATION
Lucien Y. Bronicki
Abstract: The thermodynamic limitations of water as the working medium for Rankine cycle systems have been known for a long time. Efforts to use alternative fluids can be traced back to the early nineteenth century. After a brief review of ORC history, the presentation will discuss thermodynamic cycles and practical considerations which have led diverse manufacturers to develop prototypes and, more importantly to implement substantial industrial applications in geothermal, waste heat recovery and solar thermal heat sources.
A bibliography is presented at the end of the article.