Climeon is currently developing a patent-pending power cycle called C3 for converting hot water to electricity that is different from any other thermal to electricity conversion technologies today.
The technology is based on a fundamentally different principle, has been optimized from start for the low temperature region and has potential of getting significantly closer to an ideal Carnot cycle than any other existing technology.
Due to IP reasons the technology is not described yet but what can be said is the following:
It is not a low temperature dialect of the Rankine cycle like Organic Rankine Cycle or Kalina. It works by a completely different principle.
Some of the overall properties of the C3 technology can be described as:
- Very efficient heat to electricity conversion
- Very compact in size and economically scalable from household size to very large systems
- No hazardous or rare materials involved making it completely safe & environmentally friendly
- Reference temperatures: 90 Deg C heat source & 25 Deg C cold source