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Latest of series of projects developing this technology; build and install test waste heat recovery system 6-9 months (18788)

Mohawk Innovative Technology, Inc.


The interest in low-grade heat recovery has grown dramatically in the past few years as a source for generating electricity with Organic Rankine Cycles. With over 15 quadrillion British Thermal Units of low-grade waste heat being generated in the U.S. each year by combined cycle power plants, industrial processes and some commercial buildings, the market for waste heat-recovery systems is substantial. MiTi is developing modular Organic Rankine Cycle power generator systems in sizes from a few tens of kilowatts to up to some 300 kW. Under NYSERDA Agreement 11016, MiTi established the preliminary design of a waste heat-recovery system using a 35kW turbogenerator suitable for proof testing at Indeck-Corinth Energy Center. The Indeck-Corinth Energy Center operates a 132MW combined cycle power-generation system and a distilled water product plant, which will be used for this system demonstration. MiTi’s system is a waste/renewable heat-powered Organic Rankine Cycle turbogenerator system. The next step in development is to prepare a full system detailed design, followed by fabrication, installation, and operation at a site.

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Project Description

Design and demonstrate a low temperature, Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) system based on MiTi’s oil-free turbogenerator.


Successful demonstration of ORC energy-recovery system using oil-free bearing turbo-generator technology will allow MiTi to market the technology to other end-users, which will lead to the creation of high-technology manufacturing jobs in New York State. New York industries that use MiTi’s ORC will experience lower operating costs by producing electricity with waste heat streams. By using waste heat or a renewable energy source, the system reduces carbon dioxide emissions.

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Mohawk Innovative Technology, Inc.
1037 Watervliet Shaker Rd
Albany, NY 12205

Principle Investigator

James Walton

Universities Involved


Project Type:

Product Development

Technologies Types:

Industrial Products
Waste Heat

NYSERDA Contact Information

Joseph Tario


R&D -Transport & Power Systems

Contract Details

Start Date: 2/9/2012 1
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: 18788

Last Updated: 12/16/2013