1999 Performance Analysis of an OTEC Plant combined with a Desalination Plant to form a Hybrid System
A performance analysis of an OTEC plant using an integrated hybrid cycle (I-H OTEC Cycle) has been conducted. The I-H OTEC cycle is a combination of a closed-cycle OTEC plant and a spray flash desalination plant in which a flash chamber is installed after the OTEC evaporator. The I-H OTEC cycle is an improved version of a joint hybrid cycle (J-H OTEC Cycle) in which the flash chamber is installed before the OTEC evaporator. The results of a numerical analysis are reported for a 10MW OTEC plant using the I-H OTEC cycle with plate-type heat exchangers and ammonia as working fluid. The results are compared with those of a joint hybrid OTEC cycle (J-H OTEC Cycle).