Gallery: MIT’s All-in-One Solar ORC to Provide Heat, Electricity, and H...


MIT-based nonprofit STG International is looking to make isolated African clinics and schools much more self-sufficient with a new hybrid power and heat solar system. The unique system combines off-the-shelf technologies to provide electricity, hot water and space heating, with potential cooling as well. The heart of the system is a brilliant type of refrigeration cycle – instead of using hot refrigerant gases to remove heat, it uses heat to run a common compressor in reverse to make electricity. The unique solution does double and triple duty for a small African clinic, saving significant amounts of money on fuel.

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  1. doulail March 21, 2014 at 4:49 am

    I appreciated your cooperation with African people.

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