Organic Rankine Cycle Myth Busters

Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) units will interfere with our existing process.

The Thermapower® and Hydrocurrent™ ORC units cause absolutely no disruption to operational, production or processing activities.


Performance of the ORC units cannot be monitored remotely.

The heat recovery units come with a built in web server and Ethernet connection that can be used for remote monitoring of the system.


ORC systems require a lot of maintenance.

Thermapower and Hydrocurrent systems utilize a patented Carefree® Integrated Power Module (IPM), which consist of a high-speed permanent magnet generator, active magnetic bearings and power electronics in one sealed unit.  The patented technology differentiates us from our competitors and offers a very low maintenance system.

The regular maintenance intervals for the systems include low cost filters for some of the subsystems and little else. This allows users to focus on their process while gaining the benefit of additional operating efficiencies.


ORC units are not environmentally friendly.

Thermapower and Hydrocurrent heat recovery units generate clean energy without the need for oil and lubrication and use a safe working fluid (R245Fa) that is non-flammable, non-explosive and non-hazardous to human health or the environment.


ORC units require a lot of space.

The Thermapower and Hydrocurrent products are smaller and lighter than conventional systems, and their modular configuration provides the flexibility to optimize auxiliary equipment, such as evaporators for the specific heat sources and condensers for desired cooling schemes (air or liquid).