European Journal of Sustainable Development Research, Volume 2, Issue 3, Article No: 37.
Exergy analyses of multigenerational micro gas turbine systems are reported for a gridindependent dairy farm in Ontario, Canada, with an aim of being environmentally benign. Onsite anaerobic digesters utilize farm waste to produce carbon neutral biogas for combustion in the micro gas turbine modules. A range of micro gas turbines coupled with absorption refrigeration units and an organic Rankine cycle are driven by the recovered waste heat to meet the cooling and electrical needs of farm sizes between 250 and 6000 cows. Exergy balances are applied to each component as well the overall system configuration, and exergy efficiencies are obtained. Small farm sizes with one absorption cooling unit are found to be more exergy efficient than large farm sizes with more than one absorption cooling unit, but the difference is less than 0.5%. Most of exergy destruction within the micro gas turbine module occurs in the combustion chamber, which contributes 79% of the exergy destruction of the system. Farm sizes between 250 and 6000 cows are observed to be capable of having their cooling and electricity needs met with micro gas turbines ranging in capacity from 100 to 1000 kW output, while exhibiting similar exergy efficiencies.
INTRODUCTION
Consumers are beginning to demand products that are ecofriendly over their life cycles (Collins, 2011). Accordingly, a case is proposed and analyzed here for a line of milk products having a low carbonfootprint product. A key feature is that all processes in the production are powered by netzero carbon emission energy sources. Dairy farmers producing milk could be required in the future to operate using such energy sources, and one option is to use biofuel produced from farm waste, which can be considered a netzero carbon emission energy source (Loo and Koppejan, 2010). Thermodynamic analysis and optimization of an anaerobic treatment system for whey is presented (Spachos and Stamatis, 2011). In this study, performance investigations weere conducted based on exergy and economic analyses of an anaerobic treatment system of whey and it was concluded that the anaerobic treatment system is a sustainable investment. The impact of food production processes in terms of energy utilization, carbon dioxide emissions and exergy loss in a flavored yogurt production process is investigated (Sorguven and Ozilgen, 2012). The work also identified the direction for the development of new technology in food processing to decrease waste of energy and carbon dioxide emissions. A thermodynamic analysis of a milk pasteurization process assisted by geothermal energy is investigated (Yildirim and Genc, 2015). It was found that highest exergy destruction rate is in the absorber of the vapor absorption cycle. A comprehensive exergy analysis of an industrialscale yogurt production plant is reported (Jokandan et al., 2015). They noted that the components with high exergy destruction rates are as follows: boiler and air compressor combination of the steam generator, and the icewater and agitator combination of the refrigeration system. The application of exergy analysis to the dairy industry is reported (Soufiyan and Aghbashlo, 2017). A case study for a yogurt drink production plant is reported. The investigations clearly demonstrated the effectiveness of exergy analysis for determining irreversibilities and losses occurring in a dairy processing plants in order to improve their performance. A comprehensive exergetic performance analysis of an icecream manufacturing plant to identify the locations of thermodynamic inefficiencies is conducted (Dowlati et al., 2017). A detailed exergy analysis of an industrialscale ultrafiltrated cheese production plant based on actual operational data is conducted (Nasiri et al., 2017) in order to provide insights into the performance of the whole plant and its main subcomponents. The study also stressed the role of exergy analysis in performance improvement. The performance of a milk powder production system based on energy and exergy analyses is investigated (Yildirim and Genc, 2017), and observed that greatest the exergy destruction occurs in the evaporator.
In this study, an exergy analysis is performed for various configurations of an integrated multigenerational system which has previously been assessed with an energy analysis (Cuomo et al., 2018). System configurations that can satisfy the energy demands of various farm sizes are considered. We consider the integration of an ammonia based organic Rankine cycle (ORC) to generate power from the exhaust gas exiting the absorption cooling system (ARS) heat exchanger to generate additional electrical power. Sources of exergy destruction, are identified for the biogasfueled micro gas turbine (MGT) arrangement with heat recovery, and for its components.
Due to the nature of the problem several constraints are placed on the system design:

The energy demand of the farm must come directly from the biomass energy generation system. This implies only electricity generated by the unit in excess of the farm’s own electricity requirements can be sold to the grid, as the electricity used to run the farm operation must be 100% from a carbonneutral source.

All of the farm’s current energy demand (Table 1) must be met via the system.
The research reported here focuses on an exergy analysis of the system to meet the needs of different sized Ontario dairy farms considering the constraints. The objective of this work is to investigate the exergy efficiencies of various farm sizes with system configurations that meet the required electricity, and cooling loads. Engineering Equation Solver (EES) software is used to assess the second law performance of several system configurations that meet the energy demand for each farm size.
Table 1. Energy demands for selected farm sizes
Farm size [cows] 
Total electricity demand [kW] 
Electricity demand without milk cooling electrical load [kW] 
Thermal cooling demand
[kW cooling]

# of 50 kW ARS Units to meet cooling load 
250 
28.75 
22.7 
13.6 
1 
500 
57.5 
45.4 
27.2 
1 
1000 
115 
90.9 
54.3 
2 
1500 
172.5 
136.3 
81.5 
2 
2000 
230 
181.7 
108.7 
3 
4000 
460 
363.4 
217.4 
5 
6000 
690 
545.1 
326.0 
7 

BACKGROUND
This investigation extends with exergy analysis, an energy analysis of an integrated multigeneration energy system for a dairy farm performed previously by the authors (Cuomo et al., 2018). In that study it was found that micro gas turbines could be effectively utilized to meet the electrical and cooling demands of dairy farms in Ontario, Canada, for farms of various sizes, based on the typical electricity use of an Ontario dairy farm (Clarke and House, 2010). The electricity and cooling demands for various Ontario farm sizes are listed in Table 1.
With the electricity and cooling demand of the dairy farm specified, appropriate MGTs and quantities of ARS units are selected to meet the electrical and cooling load requirements for the various farm sizes identified in Table 1.
The MGT modules selected for this particular study are manufactured by Turbec and Capstone. The capacities along with exhaust temperature, and exhaust flow rate for each of the MGT modules are listed in Table 2.
Table 2. Turbine configurations considered and technical specifications of MGT modules (Capstone Turbine Corporation, 2012; Turbec, 2012)
Manufacturer 
Turbine model configuration 
Capacity (kW) 
Exhaust temperature (°C) 
Exhaust flow rate (kg s^{1}) 
Turbec 
T100CHP 
100 
270 
0.80 
Capstone 
2 X C65 
130 
309 
0.98 
Capstone 
3 X C65 
195 
309 
1.47 
Capstone 
C200 
200 
280 
1.30 
Capstone 
4 X C65 
260 
309 
1.96 
Capstone 
C400 
400 
280 
2.60 
Capstone 
C600 
600 
280 
4.00 
Capstone 
C800 
800 
280 
5.30 
Capstone 
C1000 
1000 
280 
6.70 

SYSTEM MODELLING
The system and its subsystems are modelled thermodynamically using EES and Excel software. The ambient conditions (selected to be the conditions of the dead state) are taken to be 25°C and 101 kPa. General assumptions follow, while subsystem specific assumptions are listed at the beginning of the corresponding sections:

Operation is at steady state.

Ideal gas models are applicable.

Electromechanical conversion losses are negligible.

Changes in kinetic and potential energy are negligible.
A general energy rate balance, which can be applied to each system component, can be written as:
\[{\dot{Q}}_{\text{in}} + {\dot{W}}_{\text{in}} + \sum_{\text{in}}^{}{\dot{m}h} = {\dot{Q}}_{\text{out}} + {\dot{W}}_{\text{out}} + \sum_{\text{out}}^{}{\dot{m}h}\] 
(1) 
where \(\dot{Q}\) and \(\dot{W}\) denote the heat and electrical work rates respectively, while \(\dot{m}\) and \(h\) are the mass flow rate and specific enthalpy of the working fluid respectively.
A general exergy rate balance, also applicable to each component, can be expressed as follows:
\[\left( 1  \frac{T_{0}}{T_{b}} \right){\dot{Q}}_{\text{in}} + {\dot{W}}_{\text{in}} + \sum_{\text{in}}^{}\dot{m}ex = \left( 1  \frac{T_{0}}{T_{b}} \right){\dot{Q}}_{\text{out}} + {\dot{W}}_{\text{out}} + \sum_{\text{out}}^{}\dot{m}ex + \dot{E}x_{d}\] 
(2) 
where \(T_{0}\) and \(T_{b}\) are the dead state and boundary temperatures respectively, \(\dot{E}x_{d}\) is the exergy destruction rate and \(\text{ex}\) is the specific exergy, defined as:
\[ex = \left( h  h_{0} \right)  T_{0}\left( s  s_{0} \right)\] 
(3) 
Here, \(h\) and \(s\) are the specific enthalpy and entropy of the working fluid at the actual state with the dead state being represented by \(s_{0}\) and \(h_{0}\) respectively.
Topping Cycle Model
The MGTs were modelled thermodynamically with EES utilizing manufacturer technical specifications, including operating pressures, fuel flow rate, electrical efficiency, exhaust gas flow rate, exhaust temperature, and turbine inlet temperature (Capstone Turbine Corporation, 2012; Turbec, 2012).
Table 3. System State Parameters
State point

Fluid

T [°C]

Description

P [kPa]

Notes

1

Air

25

Ambient conditions

101

Intake drawing at atmospheric pressure

2

Air

Variable

Calculated by model

552

Outlet of compressor, from technical specifications*

3

Air

Variable

Calculated by model

552

4

Combustion gases

950

Specified by technical specifications of turbine*

552

5

Combustion gases

Variable

Calculated by model

101

Exhaust at atmospheric pressure

6

Exhaust gas†

Variable

Set by turbine exhaust conditions

101

7

Exhaust gas†

Variable

Calculated by model, depends on # of ARS units

101

8

Exhaust gas†

150

To prevent component damage

101

9

Water

105

Required inlet water temp. for ARS*

169

ARS water pressure**

10

Water

115

Specified water outlet temp. for ARS*

169

11

Ammonia

45.6

Calculated by model

3830

Recommended operating pressures for an optimized ammonia based ORC**

12

Ammonia

77

Required inlet ORC turbine inlet temperature**

3830

13

Ammonia

45

Recommended condensation temperature***

1780

14

Ammonia

45

Recommended condensation temperature***

1780

†Modelled as air *Data from (Capstone Turbine Corporation, 2012; Turbec, 2012) **Data from (SolarNext, 2008) ***Source reference (Hettiarachchia et al., 2006)

In order to model the turbine modules according to the given specifications, the effectiveness of the regenerator as well as the isentropic efficiencies of the compressor and turbine are required. The effectiveness of the regenerator is taken to be 84%, and the turbine and compressor isentropic efficiencies are both taken to be 72%.
The compressor increases the temperature and the pressure of the air, which is heated as it enters the regenerator. The inlet stream to the regenerator is heated by the hot flue gases from the turbine exhaust, which enter the opposite end of the regenerator, in a counter flow configuration. The compressed air reaches the maximum cycle temperature with the firing of biogas in the combustion chamber. The hot combustion gases then expand through the turbine; the turbine shaft is connected to an electrical generator. The high temperature exhaust gases pass through the regenerator to provide preheating to the high pressure stream before being released to the atmosphere.
Assumptions regarding modelling of the topping cycle follow:

The compressor, combustion chamber and turbine are adiabatic.

All components except the compressor and turbine have negligible pressure drops.

Fuel entering the combustion chamber only contains chemical energy and exergy.

The specific heat ratio “k” is fixed at 1.4.
The work rate input to the compressor is:
\[\begin{matrix} {\dot{W}}_{MGT,COMP} = {\dot{m}}_{A}\left( h_{2}  h_{1} \right) & \lbrack kW\rbrack \\ \end{matrix}\] 
(4) 
The heat loss rate of the regenerator is:
\[\begin{matrix} {\dot{Q}}_{LOSS,REGEN} = {\dot{m}}_{A}\left( h_{2}  h_{3} \right)  {\dot{m}}_{\text{gas}}\left( h_{5}  h_{6} \right) & \lbrack kW\rbrack \\ \end{matrix}\] 
(5) 
The heat input rate to the combustion chambers is:
\[\begin{matrix} {\dot{Q}}_{\text{CC}} = {\dot{m}}_{\text{gas}}h_{4}  {\dot{m}}_{A}h_{3}  {\dot{m}}_{f}h_{f} & \lbrack kW\rbrack \\ \end{matrix}\] 
(6) 
The work rate produced by the turbine is:
\[\begin{matrix} {\dot{W}}_{MGT,TURB} = {\dot{m}}_{\text{gas}}\left( h_{4}  h_{5} \right) & \lbrack kW\rbrack \\ \end{matrix}\] 
(7) 
Combustion Modelling
Using the given technical specifications provided by the manufacturer, the parameters of each component are analyzed. The heat input required by the module can be expressed as:
\[\begin{matrix} {\dot{Q}}_{\text{CC}} = {\dot{m}}_{f} \bullet q_{\text{LHV}} & \lbrack kW\rbrack \\ \end{matrix}\] 
(8) 
where \({\dot{Q}}_{\text{cc}}\) is the energy requirement of the combustion chamber, \({\dot{m}}_{\text{fuel}}\) is the mass flow rate of fuel, and \(q_{\text{LHV}}\) is the lower heating value of biogas, which is taken to be 22 000 kJ kg^{1} (Loo and Koppejan, 2010).
A mass rate balance for the combustion chamber yields:
\[\begin{matrix} {\dot{m}}_{\text{gas}} = {\dot{m}}_{A} + {\dot{m}}_{f} & \lbrack kg\ s^{ 1}\rbrack \\ \end{matrix}\] 
(9) 
The biogas for this study is taken to be a mixture of 60% methane, 35% carbon dioxide and 5% nitrogen. The biogas and its combustion are modelled as follows:
\[aCH_{4} + bCO_{2} + cN_{2} + d(O_{2} + 3.76N_{2}) \rightarrow eH_{2}O + fCO_{2} + gN_{2} + hO_{2}\] 
(10) 
Equating coefficients utilizing the air fuel ratio yields:
\[a = 0.6\]
\[b = 0.35\]
\[c = 0.05\]
\[d = m_{\text{BG}} \bullet AF_{\text{BG}} \bullet \frac{1}{M_{A}}\]
\(e = 2a\)
\[f = a + b\]
\[g = c + 3.76d\]
\[h = b + d  \frac{e}{2}  f\]
where \(AF_{\text{BG}}\) is the airfuel ratio of the biogas.
Physical and Chemical Exergy
The physical exergy of a flow is described earlier (equation 3), but chemical exergy also must be considered to analyze the fuel and exhaust combustion gases.
The total exergy into the system is the exergy of the fuel entering the combustion chamber. The fuel is assumed to enter the combustion chamber at ambient conditions, and thus only to have chemical exergy. Thus,
\[\begin{matrix} {\dot{\text{EX}}}_{f} = {\dot{m}}_{f} \bullet e_{f}^{\text{ch}} & \lbrack kW\rbrack \\ \end{matrix}\] 
(11) 
where the chemical exergy rate is determined based on the product of the specific chemical exergy and mass flow rate of the fuel. The specific chemical exergy of the biogas is determined based on its composition:
\[\begin{matrix} e_{f}^{\text{ch}} = \ a \bullet e_{CH4}^{\text{ch}} + b{\bullet e}_{CO2}^{\text{ch}} + c{\bullet e}_{N2}^{\text{ch}} & \lbrack kJ\ kg^{ 1}\rbrack \\ \end{matrix}\] 
(12) 
where \(a\), \(b\), and \(c\) are the combustion coefficients of the biogas. The chemical exergy of selected gaseous constituents is presented in Table 4.
Table 4. Molar mass and chemical exergy of common constituents of combustion gases (Moran et al., 2018)
Compound 
Molar mass, M (kg kmol^{1}) 
Chemical exergy, \({\overline{\mathbf{e}}}_{\mathbf{i}}^{\mathbf{\text{ch}}}\) (kJ kmol^{1}) 
Chemical exergy, \(\mathbf{e}_{\mathbf{i}}^{\mathbf{\text{ch}}}\) (kJ kg^{1}) 
\[\text{CH}_{4}(g)\] 
16.04 
831650 
51838.00 
\[H_{2}O(g)\] 
18.02 
9500 
527.33 
\[CO_{2}(g)\] 
44.01 
19870 
451.49 
\[N_{2}(g)\] 
28.01 
720 
25.70 
\[O_{2}(g)\] 
32.00 
3970 
124.06 

The exergy flow rate of the product gases is evaluated as follows:
\[\begin{matrix} {\dot{\text{EX}}}_{P} = {\dot{m}}_{\text{gas}} \bullet ex_{P} & \lbrack kW\rbrack \\ \end{matrix}\] 
(13) 
where the total specific exergy of the products is a summation of the contributions of the exhaust constituents and accounts for both physical and chemical exergy of each constituent, that is
\[\begin{matrix} ex_{p} = \sum_{i = 1}^{n}{n_{i}\left\lbrack \left( {\overline{h}}_{i}  {\overline{h}}_{0} \right)  T_{0}\left( {\overline{s}}_{i}  {\overline{s}}_{0} \right) + e_{i}^{\text{ch}} \right\rbrack} & \lbrack kJ\ \text{kg}^{ 1}\rbrack \\ \end{matrix}\] 
(14) 
The Shomate equations are utilized to find the change in molar specific exergy and molar specific entropy from the ambient conditions (NIST, 2012). The Shomate equations follow:
\[\begin{matrix} \overline{h}  {\overline{h}}_{0} = A*T + B*\frac{T^{2}}{2} + C*\frac{T^{3}}{3} + D*\frac{T^{4}}{4}  E*\frac{1}{T} + F  H & \lbrack kJ\ \text{mol}^{ 1}\rbrack \\ \end{matrix}\]
\[\begin{matrix} \overline{s} = A*\ln\left( T \right) + B*T + C*\frac{T^{2}}{2} + D*\frac{T^{3}}{3}  E*\frac{1}{2T^{2}} + G & \lbrack kJ\ \text{kmol}^{ 1}\rbrack \\ \end{matrix}\]
Here, the temperature \(T\) is 1/1000 of the specified temperature in Kelvin and \(A\), \(B\), \(C\), \(D\), \(E\), \(F\), \(G\), \(H\) are Shomate constants for specific compounds. Values of these constants for the product gas constituents are given in Table 5.
Table 5. Shomate equation constants for chemical compounds (NIST, 2012), and reference entropy values (Moran et al., 2018)
Compound 
\[{\overline{\mathbf{s}}}_{\mathbf{0}}\]
(kJ kmol^{1} K^{1})

A 
B 
C 
D 
E 
F 
G 
H 
\[H_{2}O(g)\] 
188.720 
30.09200 
6.832514 
6.793435 
2.534480 
0.082139 
250.8810 
223.3967 
241.8264 
\[CO_{2}(g)\] 
213.685 
58.16639 
2.720074 
0.492289 
0.038844 
6.447293 
425.9186 
263.6125 
393.5224 
\[N_{2}(g)\] 
191.502 
19.50583 
19.88705 
8.598535 
1.369784 
0.527601 
4.935202 
212.3900 
0.0 
\[O_{2}(g)\] 
205.033 
30.03235 
8.772972 
3.988133 
0.788313 
0.741599 
11.32468 
236.1663 
0.0 

Bottoming Cycle Model
An EES model for the bottoming cycle was developed to assess how the subsystems behave for various configurations, with different heat inputs from the various micro turbine exhaust streams. The number of ARS units required to meet the cooling load can be varied in the model, allowing determination of how much energy can be recovered after the ARS units for additional electricity generation with the considered ORC.
Fluid properties in the system are determined using EES fluid property information. The state point properties of the bottoming cycle are listed in Table 3.
Additional assumptions regarding modelling of the bottoming cycle follow:

All system components are adiabatic and, except for the pump and turbine, have negligible pressure drops.

The exhaust gas is modelled as air.

Turbine and pump isentropic efficiencies within the ORC are 89%.

Heat exchangers are 100% efficient.

The ARS heat exchanger is modelled as a single heat exchanger regardless of the number of ARS units employed. Thus, it is assumed the sum of all the water flows required by the ARS units pass through the heat exchanger, are heated to the required temperature, and then branched off to n smaller streams feeding n ARS units.
Operational constraints on the system parameters include the following:

The temperature of the exhaust gas leaving the system (state 8) is set at 150°C to avoid water vapor condensation and formation of corrosive liquids that may damage components.

The ARS subsystem consists of \(n_{\text{ARS}}\) Chillii ACC50 ARS units for a given configuration. If the available energy content of the exhaust gas stream is insufficient to power all \(n_{\text{ARS}}\) ARS units for a given configuration, the configuration is considered unusable.

All farms can produce enough manure to generate the required quantity of biogas to run all considered turbines continuously throughout the year.
Organic Rankine Cycle
We can be write the work output rate of the ORC turbine as
\[\begin{matrix} {\dot{W}}_{ORC,TURB} = \ {\dot{m}}_{\text{ORC}}\left( h_{12}  h_{13} \right) & \lbrack kW\rbrack \\ \end{matrix}\] 
(15) 
the work input rate to the pump as
\[\begin{matrix} {\dot{W}}_{ORC,PUMP} = \ {\dot{m}}_{\text{ORC}}\left( h_{11}  h_{14} \right) & \lbrack kW\rbrack \\ \end{matrix}\] 
(16) 
the energy extraction rate by the ORC from the exhaust gas as
\[\begin{matrix} {\dot{Q}}_{ORC,HX} = \ {\dot{m}}_{\text{ORC}}\left( h_{12}  h_{11} \right) & \lbrack kW\rbrack \\ \end{matrix}\] 
(17) 
the energy rejection rate from the ORC condenser as
\[\begin{matrix} {\dot{Q}}_{ORC,COND} = \ {\dot{m}}_{\text{ORC}}\left( h_{13}  h_{14} \right) & \lbrack kW\rbrack \\ \end{matrix}\] 
(18) 
and the net electrical work output rate from the ORC as
\[\begin{matrix} {\dot{W}}_{ORC,NET} = \ {\dot{W}}_{ORC,TURB}  \ {\dot{W}}_{ORC,PUMP} & \lbrack kW\rbrack \\ \end{matrix}\] 
(19) 
Absorption Refrigerator
The energy extraction rate by the ARS from the exhaust gas can be expressed as
\[\begin{matrix} {\dot{Q}}_{\text{ARS}} = {\dot{m}}_{\text{ARS}}\left( h_{10}  h_{9} \right) & \lbrack kW\rbrack \\ \end{matrix}\] 
(20) 
while the mass flow rate of water in the ARS subsystem is:
\[\begin{matrix} {\dot{m}}_{\text{ARS}} = 2.08 \times n_{\text{ARS}} & \lbrack\text{kg}s^{ 1}\rbrack \\ \end{matrix}\] 
(21) 
where \(n_{\text{ARS}}\) is the number of 50 kW ACC50 ARS units in a considered configuration.
ENERGY ANALYSIS AND RESULTS
The energy (first law) efficiency for the MGT module can be expressed as:
\[\eta_{TC,I} = \frac{{\dot{W}}_{MGT,NET}}{{\dot{Q}}_{\text{CC}}}\]
where the net work output of the MGT module is
\[\begin{matrix} {\dot{W}}_{MGT,NET} = {\dot{W}}_{MGT,TURB}  {\dot{W}}_{MGT,COMP} & \lbrack\text{kW}\rbrack \\ \end{matrix}\] 
(22) 
The energy efficiency of the bottoming cycle can be written as
\[\eta_{BC,I} = \ \frac{{\dot{W}}_{ORC,NET} + \ {\dot{Q}}_{\text{cool}}}{{\dot{m}}_{\text{gas}}\left( h_{6}  h_{8} \right) + 3n_{\text{ARS}}}\] 
(23) 
and the energy efficiency of the overall system as
\[\eta_{\text{sys}} = \frac{{\dot{W}}_{MGT,NET} + {\dot{W}}_{ORC,NET} + {\dot{Q}}_{\text{cool}}}{{\dot{Q}}_{\text{CC}} + 3n_{\text{ARS}}}\] 
(24) 
Topping Cycle
The exergy efficiency of the MGT modules can be expressed as:
\[\eta_{TC,II} = \frac{{\dot{W}}_{MGT,NET}}{{\dot{\text{EX}}}_{f}}\] 


(25) 
The energy and exergy efficiencies of the different turbine modules are found to be similar, with the exception of the smaller capacity 65 kW module, as seen in Figure 2. The increased flow rate of fuel required for the 65 kW modules is the main contributor to the reduction in energy and exergy efficiencies. The energy efficiencies and fuel flow rates of the MGTs are from manufacturer technical specifications.
The overall energy and exergy efficiencies of the system give a high level perspective, but a component analysis is required to understand the breakdown of losses for the system. A more detailed analysis is performed on the 1000 kW unit. Exergy rate balances for each of the MGT components are now provided.
Compressor:
\[{\dot{m}}_{A}ex_{1} + {\dot{W}}_{\text{comp}} = {\dot{m}}_{A}ex_{2} + {\dot{\text{Ex}}}_{D,comp}\] 
(26) 
Regenerator:
\[{\dot{m}}_{A}ex_{2} + {\dot{m}}_{\text{gas}}ex_{5} = {\dot{m}}_{A}ex_{3} + {\dot{m}}_{\text{gas}}ex_{6} + {\dot{Q}}_{\text{loss}}\left( 1  \frac{T_{o}}{T_{b}} \right) + {\dot{\text{Ex}}}_{D,regen}\] 
(27) 
Combustion chamber:
\[{\dot{m}}_{A}ex_{3} + {\dot{\text{EX}}}_{f} = {\dot{m}}_{\text{gas}}ex_{4} + {\dot{\text{Ex}}}_{D,CC}\] 
(28) 
Turbine:
\[{\dot{m}}_{A}ex_{3} + {\dot{\text{EX}}}_{f} = {\dot{m}}_{\text{gas}}ex_{4} + {\dot{\text{Ex}}}_{D,CC}\] 
(29) 
The exergy analysis locates the largest sources of loss within the system. The largest destruction of exergy within the MGT system is associated with the combustion chamber. Large exergy destructions within a component identify the location and cause (e.g., friction, mixing, expansion, compression, chemical reaction) of the irreversibilities.
Figure 3 shows the exergy destructions of the system components, and the product exergy output for the bottoming cycle. A breakdown by component of the total exergy destroyed is shown for the system in Figure 4.
Bottoming Cycle
The exergy (second law) efficiency of the bottoming cycle can be expressed as:
\[\eta_{BC,II} = \ \frac{{\dot{W}}_{ORC,NET} + {\dot{Q}}_{\text{cool}}\left( 1  \frac{T_{0}}{T_{\text{BC}}} \right)}{{\dot{m}}_{\text{gas}}\left( \text{ex}_{6}  \text{ex}_{8} \right) + 3n_{\text{ARS}}}\] 
(30) 
For the 1000 kW turbine exhaust, the exergy content of the exhaust gas modelled as combustion products and as air using EES property data are listed in Table 6.
Table 6. Exhaust exergy content for two fluid models
Cooling configuration (exhaust location) 
Exhaust stream temperature [C] 
Exhaust exergy rate (combustion product model) [kW] 
Exhaust exergy rate (air standard model) [kW] 
Turbine exhaust 
280 
839 
479 
1 ARS exhaust 
267 
799 
439 
2 ARS exhaust 
255 
760 
400 
3 ARS exhaust 
242 
722 
363 
5 ARS exhaust 
216 
650 
291 
7 ARS exhaust 
191 
584 
225 
Exhaust to Atmosphere 
150 
492 
134 

Exergy balances for the bottoming cycle components are given below.
Absorption refrigeration heat exchanger:
\[{\dot{m}}_{\text{gas}}ex_{6} + {\dot{m}}_{\text{ARS}}ex_{9} = {\dot{m}}_{\text{gas}}ex_{7} + {\dot{m}}_{\text{ARS}}ex_{10} + {\dot{\text{Ex}}}_{D,ARS}\] 
(31) 
Absorption refrigeration internal:
\[{\dot{m}}_{\text{ARS}}ex_{9} = {\dot{m}}_{\text{ARS}}ex_{10} + {\dot{\text{Ex}}}_{D,ARS}\] 
(32) 
Organic Rankine cycle heat exchanger:
\[{\dot{m}}_{\text{gas}}ex_{7} + {\dot{m}}_{\text{ARS}}ex_{11} = {\dot{m}}_{\text{gas}}ex_{8} + {\dot{m}}_{\text{ARS}}ex_{12} + {\dot{\text{Ex}}}_{D,ORC}\] 
(33) 
Organic Rankine cycle turbine:
\[{\dot{m}}_{\text{ORC}}ex_{12} = {\dot{m}}_{\text{ORC}}ex_{13} + {\dot{W}}_{ORC,TURB} + {\dot{\text{Ex}}}_{D,ORC,TURB}\] 
(34) 
Organic Rankine cycle condenser:
\[{\dot{m}}_{\text{ORC}}ex_{13} = {\dot{m}}_{\text{ORC}}ex_{14} + {\dot{Q}}_{ORC,COND}\left( 1  \frac{T_{0}}{T_{b}} \right) + {\dot{\text{Ex}}}_{D,ORC,COND}\] 
(35) 
Organic Rankine cycle pump:
\[{\dot{m}}_{\text{ORC}}ex_{14} + {\dot{W}}_{ORC,PUMP} = {\dot{m}}_{\text{ORC}}ex_{11} + {\dot{\text{Ex}}}_{D,ORC,PUMP}\] 
(36) 
The total exergy input to the bottoming cycle in for both models is calculated as:
\[{\dot{\text{Ex}}}_{\text{BC}} = \ {\dot{m}}_{\text{gas}}ex_{6}  {\dot{m}}_{\text{gas}}ex_{8}\] 
(37) 
where \(ex_{6}\) is the exergy content of the exhaust gas exiting the MGT, and \(ex_{8}\) is the exergy content of the exhaust gas upon its release to the atmosphere.
Similarly, the exergy input required for \(n_{\text{ARS}}\) number of ARS units is calculated as:
\[{\dot{\text{Ex}}}_{\text{ARS}} = \ {\dot{m}}_{\text{gas}}ex_{6}  {\dot{m}}_{\text{gas}}ex_{7}\] 
(38) 
where \(ex_{7}\) is the exergy content of the exhaust gas leaving \(n_{\text{ARS}}\) number of ARS units, and is fixed by the energy balance equation for the HX_{ORC}.
These exergy inputs are calcualted with both fluid models and shown in Figure 5. In Figure 5 little difference is observed in the overall exergy input to the bottoming cycle when modelling the exhaust gas as combustion products or as air. Thus, the exergy analysis is carried out with exhaust fluid modelled as air.
Exergy destruction in each bottoming cycle component is calculated for the 1000 kW unit and is displayed in Figure 6 for each number of ARS units considered. As more ARS units are used, the exergy destruction is seen to increase in the ARS units and ARS heat exchanger, and more exergy from the exhaust stream is used for refrigeration, leaving little for the ORC. Consequently, the exergy destruction in the ORC components decreases as more ARS units are used, leaving less exergy available for utilization in the ORC for electricity generation.
Most of the exergy destruction occurs in the heat exchangers and the ARS units. As little exergy is available to the ORC, the exergy destruction in the ORC turbine, condenser and pump are very small compared to the heat exchangers and ARS units.
Efficiencies of the standalone ARS unit are determined. The energy efficiency can be defined as:
\[\eta_{\text{ARS}} = \frac{\text{Cooling capacity}}{\text{Electrical input + Heat input}}\] 
(39) 
Using manufacturer technical specifications (SolarNext, 2008), this becomes
\[\eta_{\text{ARS}} = \frac{50}{3\ + 87.96\ } = 55.0\%\] 
(40) 
The exergy efficiency of the ARS subsystem can be calculated internally as:
\[\psi_{ARS,int} = \frac{Cooling\ capacity \times \left( 1  \frac{T_{0}}{T_{\text{BC}}} \right)}{Electrical\ input + {\dot{m}}_{\text{ARS}}\left( {\dot{\text{ex}}}_{10}  {\dot{\text{ex}}}_{9} \right)} = 17.0\%\] 
(41) 
and flow rate of water required to drive the absorption process (SolarNext, 2008). The change in exergy of the stream through the ARS unit is considered to be the exergy input in calculating the internal efficiency.
The change in exergy of the exhaust gas stream across the heat exchanger HX_{ARS} is considered to be exergy input in calculating the external exergy efficiency of the ARS subsystem as per equation 42. The external efficiency is of particular interest as it can be used to evaluate how well the waste heat stream is being converted into useful work rather than the internal efficiency which is irrespective of the driving heat source.
The external exergy efficiency of the ARS subsystem can be calculated as:
\[\psi_{ARS,ext} = \frac{Cooling\ capacity\ \times (1  \frac{T_{0}}{T_{C}})}{Electrical\ input\ + {{\dot{m}}_{\text{gas}}\ \dot{(ex}}_{6}  {\dot{\text{ex}}}_{7})}\] 
(42) 
where T_{C} and T_{H} are the boundary temperatures for heat transfer of the hot and cold streams of the unit. Also, T_{H} is taken as the average temperature of the hot water stream the ARS requires, while T_{C} is taken to be the nominal cold temperature to which the milk is cooled (4°C).
Two definitions of the exergy efficiency, for which the boundaries are illustrated in Figure 7, are considered:

Internal exergy efficiency of ARS unit \(\psi_{ARS,int}\). The exergy of the hot stream of water required to run the unit is the input and the exergy of the 50 kW cooling capacity is the output. This exergy efficiency is a constant 17.0%, as it does not consider the exergy of the source providing the heat.

External exergy efficiency of ARS unit \(\psi_{ARS,ext}\). The input here is the exergy decrease in the exhaust gas stream across the ARS heat exchanger. This definition highlights how efficiently, from an exergy point of view, the ARS subsystem is integrated into the overall system. This definition is dependent on the number of ARS units, and the exhaust flow conditions of the turbine. indicates the \(\psi_{ARS,ext}\)for each flow condition.
Similarly, energy and exergy efficiencies of the ORC subsystem are developed:
\[\eta_{\text{ORC}} = \frac{{\dot{W}}_{ORC,NET}}{{\dot{m}}_{\text{ORC}}\left( h_{12}  \text{ex}_{11} \right)}\] 
(43) 
\[\psi_{ORC,int} = \frac{{\dot{W}}_{ORC,NET}}{{\dot{m}}_{\text{ORC}}\left( \text{ex}_{12}  \text{ex}_{11} \right)}\] 
(44) 
\[\psi_{ORC,ext} = \frac{{\dot{W}}_{ORC,NET}}{{\dot{m}}_{\text{ORC}}\left( \text{ex}_{7}  \text{ex}_{8} \right)}\] 
(45) 
The boundaries for the two ORC exergy efficiency definitions are shown in Figure 8.
The C1000 turbine configuration efficiencies for the bottoming cycle, the subsystems, and the overall system are listed in Table 7. The energy and exergy efficiencies for variable number of ARS units are also found in Table 7.
Table 7. C1000 turbine configuration efficiencies (in percent)
Number of ARS units n_{ARS}

Energy and exergy efficiencies of C1000 with variable ARS units

η_{ORC}

ψ_{ORC,int}

ψ_{ORC,ext}

η_{ARS}

ψ_{ARS,int}

ψ_{ARS,ext}

η_{BC}

ψ_{BC}

η_{SYS}

ψ_{SYS}

1

4.10

37.82

15.74

54.97

16.96

8.88

9.25

10.59

32.41

29.86

2

4.10

37.82

16.05

54.97

16.96

9.00

14.37

10.65

33.71

29.78

3

4.10

37.82

16.38

54.97

16.96

9.12

19.45

10.70

35.01

29.69

5

4.10

37.82

17.14

54.97

16.96

9.40

29.51

10.80

37.61

29.53

7

4.10

37.82

18.03

54.97

16.96

9.72

39.43

10.91

40.22

29.37


Figure 9 shows that increasing the number of ARS units leads to higher energy efficiencies in the bottoming cycle and overall system. This is expected, as the internal energy efficiency of the ARS units is higher than that of the ORC, more energy output is produced using the exhaust gases to run the ARS units rather than operating a higher flow rate in the ORC unit, which is only 4.1% energy efficient.
For the same change, the exergy efficiency of the bottoming cycle increases only marginally, since the exergy content of the cooling effect of 50 kW per ARS unit is only slightly higher than the additional 3 kW of electricity required to operate the ARS units. This is illustrated by the lower 16.2% internal exergy efficiency of the ARS units vs. their 55.0% energy efficiency. Adding more ARS units increases the system energy efficiency much more than its exergy efficiency.
The difference in internal and external exergy efficiencies of the ARS and ORC subsystems suggests that the configuration of the systems can be changed to better use the energy available in the exhaust stream to produce work output. For instance, using an ARS system that has a higher temperature input requirement but a higher internal exergy efficiency would make better use of the higher exhaust temperatures available in the ARS heat exchanger.
VALIDATION OF RESULTS AND COMPARISON
An exergy analysis for a gas turbine plant is reported (Ebadi and GorjiBandpy, 2005). In that study, second law analysis is used to identify the major contributors of exergy destruction within a gas turbine power cycle. Another study, (Khaliq et al., 2010), demonstrates that 65% of the total exergy destruction of the gas turbine power cycle occurs during combustion. The results from (Ebadi and GorjiBandpy, 2005) and (Khaliq et al., 2010) are consistent with and similar to those of the present study, which identifies the primary source of exergy destruction as the combustion chamber, and the other components within the gas turbine module contribute significantly less. An exergy analysis of a trigeneration system is performed (Ahmadi et al., 2012) and identified the heat exchanger driving an organic Rankine cycle and producing hot water was the second largest contributor of exergy destruction, with the combustion chamber being largest. These finding are consistent with the present study, which found that the cumulative exergy destruction of the heat exchangers are the second largest contributor of exergy destruction within the system. The application of exergy analysis to the dairy industry is reported (Soufiyan and Aghbashlo, 2017). The investigations clearly demonstrated the effectiveness of exergy analysis in determining irreversibilities and losses occurring in dairy processing plants in order to improve their performance. The exergy analysis results and exergy destruction trends observed in the present work are along the lines as observed for a dairy plant case, and agree (Soufiyan and Aghbashlo, 2017). The current work contributes to understanding the influence of exergy efficiencies in gas turbine power cycles with heat recovery options. This increased understanding identifies areas where modifications to the system would lead to increased exergy efficiency.
CONCLUSIONS
An exergy analysis is carried out of a gridindependent environmentally benign dairy farm in Ontario, Canada. It is found that farm sizes between 250 and 6000 cows can have cooling and electricity needs met with a micro gas turbine ranging in capacity from 100 to 1000 kW output while maintaining similar exergy efficiencies. For each component and system configuration, sources of exergy destruction within the system are identified, as is the exergy efficiency of the system configuration. Small farm sizes with one ARS unit are found to be more exergy efficient compared to large farm sizes with more than one ARS unit by a difference of less than 0.5%. The primary source of exergy destruction within the micro gas turbine module is the MGT combustion chamber, which contributes 79% of the exergy destruction of the subsystem. Economic and environmental analyses appear to be merited to investigate the financial feasibility as well as the environmental impact of this type of multigeneration energy system.
Nomenclature
\(\text{AF}\) air to fuel ratio
\(e^{\text{ch}}\) specific chemical exergy (mass based)
\(\text{ex}\) specific exergy (mass based)
\(\dot{\text{Ex}}\) rate of exergy
\(\dot{E}x_{d}\) exergy destruction rate
\(h\) specific enthalpy (mass based)
\(\overline{h}\) specific enthalpy (molar based)
\(\dot{m}\) mass flow rate
\(M\) molar mass
\(\text{mf}\) mass fraction
\(n\) number of moles
\(\dot{Q}\) rate of heat transfer
\(\overline{s}\) specific entropy (molar based)
\(T\) temperature
\(\dot{W}\) rate of work output
Greek letters
\(\eta\) energy efficiency
\(\psi\) exergy efficiency
Subscripts
\(0\) ambient conditions
\(A\) air
\(\text{ARS}\) absorption refrigeration system
\(b\) boundary
\(C\) cold boundary condition
\(\text{CC}\) combustion chamber
\(\text{COMP}\) compressor
\(\text{COND}\) condenser
\(\text{cool}\) cooling effect
\(\text{ext}\) external boundary
\(f\) fuel
\(\text{gas}\) exhaust gases
\(H\) hot boundary condition
\(\text{HX}\) heat exchanger
\(\text{int}\) internal boundary
\(\text{LHV}\) lower heating value
\(\text{MGT}\) micro gas turbine
\(\text{NET}\) net work output
\(\text{ORC}\) organic Rankine cycle
\(P\) product gases
\(\text{PUMP}\) pump
\(\text{REGEN}\) regenerator
\(\text{SYS}\) overall system
\(T\) turbine
\(\text{TC}\) topping cycle
\(\text{TURB}\) turbine
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
The authors gratefully acknowledge the support provided by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
Kool ED, Cuomo MA, Reddy BV, Rosen MA. Multigeneration Renewable Energy System for Dairy Farms: Exergy Analysis. European Journal of Sustainable Development Research. 2018;2(3):37. https://doi.org/10.20897/ejosdr/2669