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Development of a low-cost, electricity-generating Rankine cycle, alcohol-fuelled cooking stove for rural communities

Kisha, W., Riley, P. H. ORCID: 0000-0002-1580-7689 and Hann, D. (2018). Development of a low-cost, electricity-generating Rankine cycle, alcohol-fuelled cooking stove for rural communities. Paper presented at the 8th Heat Powered Cycles Conference, 16 - 19 September 2018, University of Bayreuth, Germany.

Abstract

This article describes a novel design and construction of a helical tube flash boiler that uses a 2kW nominal methylated spirit burner to heat an approximately 2.5m long coil of copper pipe fed by a nominal 8 bar electrically operated solenoid water pump. The final embodiment is for superheated steam to be converted to electricity and the waste exit heat from the generator used either for cooking or for ethanol pro duction for low-income families in developing countries. The performance of the flash boiler has been evaluated experimentally based on the well-known “Direct-Method”; by carefully measuring both the flow of the fuel and the steam. It found that the pressure inside the pipe can reach up to 7.4 bar and the temperature of the steam released by the flashing process can reach 255°C utilising a low-cost water pump. The research results prese nted in this paper demonstrate that flash boiler stove has a great potential for generating high-temperature steam for developing a low-cost cooking stove .

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Publisher Keywords: Flash boiler, spirit burner, copper coil, expander, electrical generator
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Departments: School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering > Mathematics
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/21198
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