Combined Cycle Engines

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Basics

  • May need better name, as TEGs don't make mechanical power, but electrical?
  • Can be abbreviated to CCE (For powerplant applicsations it is CCPP in broad use and has specialty abbreviations (ex CCGT for Combined Cycle Gas Turbine) )
  • 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

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