Combined Cycle Engines

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  • Any engines that use two or more types of heat engine to produce the one output
  • This can be done to
    • Allow for variable fuel/energy sources (Natural Gas and/or Solar Thermal (Integrated Solar Combined Cycle ISCC )
    • Allows for increased efficiency (An ICE with a Turboexpander on it's exhaust stream and a Stirling Engine for vehicles is a good example)
  • Not to be confused with Cogeneration

Notes on Naming Scheme

  • This page may need a better name (ie one without "engines" in the title), as TEGs don't make mechanical power, but electrical, so that may be confusing to some
    • Although they are Heat Engines i think, so this really gets into Terminology Hell
  • As of now the abbreviation would be "CCE"
  • For powerplant applications it is often called "Combined Cycle Power Plant" (CCPP), and has specialty abbreviations ("CCGT" for Combined Cycle Gas Turbine etc)
  • Combined Cycle Energy Generators (CCEG) (Could be pronounced C-Keg) may work?)

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