Converting thermal energy into electrical energy and cooling the environment
The thermal energy plant includes an electrical boiler, a steam turbine, an electrical generator, a heat exchanger and heat pumps. The steam turbine is powered by the pressure difference in the working fluid (water) between the inlet and outlet of the turbine. The working fluid on the inlet side of the turbine is heated by means of a heat pump which takes heat from an external water source e.g. ocean or river (or air). The working fluid on the inlet side of the turbine is further heated by means of a heat pump which transfers heat from the working fluid at the outlet side of the turbine. Finally the working fluid is heated to steam by means of an electrical boiler.
The water from the external water source is cooled when passing the heat pump and is returned to the water source or deposited in an other area where it cools the environment.