Engine Combined Cycle Power Plant Sankey

At the Technical University of Munich a project on Engine Combined Cycle (ECC) Power Plants aims at “improving the electrical efficiency of an engine combined cycle plant by using the exhaust gas heat in a steam cycle”.

The following Sankey diagram is shown to illustrate where heat can be recovered.

No absolute values are given, but the Sankey arrows represent the percentage of the primary energy. Four percent of the energy in the steam process can be recovered to add a total of 47.8% efficiency output of electrical power to grid. Losses branch out to the right side and are primarily via the cooling water and condensate at the steam process. The whole Sankey diagram is presented in a simple single-color design.