APPLICATION OF ORGANIC RANKINE CYCLE HEAT RECOVERY SYSTEMS TO DIESEL POWERED MARINE VESSELS

The analysis and results of an investigation of the application of organic Rankine cycle heat recovery systems to diesel-powered marine vessels are described.^The program under which this study was conducted was sponsored jointly by the US Energy Research and Development Administration, the US Navy, and the US Maritime Administration.^The overall objective of this study was to investigate diesel bottoming energy recovery systems, currently under development by three US concerns, to determine the potential for application to marine diesel propulsion and auxiliary systems.^The study primarily focused on identifying the most promising vessel applications (considering vessel type, size, population density, operational duty cycle, etc.) so the relative economic and fuel conservation merits of energy recovery systems could be determined and assessed.^Vessels in the current fleet and the projected 1985 fleet rated at 1000 BHP class and above were investigated.