EPRI awarded $3mn to research power plant dry cooling technologies

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) won a $3 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a novel dry cooling technology for thermal power plants.

EPRI is working with Drexel University, University of Memphis, Evapco, WorleyParsons, Maulbetsch Consulting and its utility advisors to develop, manufacture, and demonstrate a 50-kW indirect dry cooling system that would use advanced phase change materials to improve heat transfer. The technology can potentially reduce fan power consumption and steam condensation temperatures compared to current dry cooling systems.

The project is funded under DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) as part of the program’s Advanced Research in Dry Cooling (ARID) Program. This project is one of 14 totaling $30 million to support innovative new power plant cooling technologies.

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