Energy Conversion and Management, Vol.83, 119-132, 2014
Exergy based parametric analysis of a combined reheat regenerative thermal power plant and water-LiBr vapor absorption refrigeration system
In this paper, exergy analysis of a combined reheat regenerative steam turbine (ST) based power cycle and water-LiBr vapor absorption refrigeration system (VARS) is presented. Exergetic efficiency of the power cycle and VARS, energy utilization factor (EUF) of the combined system (CS) and irreversibility in each system component are calculated. The effect of fuel flow rate, boiler pressure, cooling capacity and VARS components' temperature on performance, component and total system irreversibility is analyzed. The second law based results indicate optimum performance at 150 bar boiler pressure and VARS generator, condenser, evaporator and absorber temperature of 80 degrees C, 37.5 degrees C, 15 degrees C and 35 degrees C respectively. The present exergy based results conform well to the first law based results obtained in a previous analysis done on the same combined system. Irreversibility distribution among various power cycle components shows the highest irreversibility in the cooling tower. Irreversibility of the exhaust flue gas leaving the boiler and the boiler are the next major contributors. Among the VARS components, exergy destruction in the generator is the highest followed by irreversibility contribution of the absorber, condenser and the evaporator. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.