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Modified Organic Rankine Cycle with Oil-Free Turbogenerator(STD-11006)

Mohawk Innovative Technology, Inc.


Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) turbines are similar to large scale steam turbines but utilize fluids that vaporize at lower temperatures. The selected working fluids allow the turbine to utilize low grade “waste” heat often found in manufacturing operations, as well as solar thermal sources to produce electricity in a wide range of power outputs (from few kW up to three MW electric power per unit). ORC turbines have been expensive to purchase in the past, but new developments in bearing design may help remove a significant amount of the cost while increasing output.

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Project Description

Waste heat from operations or heat from solar collectors could be used to create pressure for the turbine. New air foil bearings replace one of the more expensive components, allowing the generator to be made at a lower cost. The current unit is rated at 27kW; it is an economical, reliable power source. The installer could use waste heat to efficiently create up to 1MW of power with low operating costs. The contractor will finalize design and prepare for implementation.


Technology can create power from low grade heat alone, no other fuels are needed Potential to expand solar technology and small scale generation technology NYS- based company with in-State manufacturing plans

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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

Barry Liebowitz


R&D -Transport & Power Systems

Contract Details

Start Date: 6/9/2009 1
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: STD-11006

Last Updated: 12/16/2013