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Title: Proposed design of a novel expander-turbine for use with compressed air energy storage for generating electricity
Author: Ali, Sadiq
Awarding Body: University of Ulster
Current Institution: Ulster University
Date of Award: 2013
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Electricity generation is highly carbon intensive, associated with complex externalities. The preceding thirteen decades have witnessed improvements in efficiencies of rotary machines employed' for electricity generation through enhanced metallurgy, understanding of fluid mechanics and thermodynamics; consequently improving their conventional designs without much heed to environmental degradation, understanding of energy resources, and sustainability, until emergence and realisation of disastrous climate changes. This forced the environmentalists and scientists to explore new frontiers, and to harness renewable energies in any possible way. The situation required an innovative approach and unconventional design to satisfy the need of time. The aim of this research is to recommend a novel design for an expander-turbine that is suitable for generating electricity using compressed air as working fluid; investigating material suitability for cryogenic temperatures. The underlying endeavour is to promote reliable quality renewable energy generation that is sustainable, economical, and suggesting zero-carbon solution in commercial and domestic environment. The results of this venture are very promising and are expected to address UK's commitments to Kyoto protocol for reducing carbon footprint in energy generation. The methodology adopted was to investigate efficiency of individual mechanisms in relevant rotary machines that helped in identifying individual portfolio components that may improve efficacy of turbines if put together.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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