TRENERGY is a collaborative project founded by the French National research Agency in the framework of the 2012 edition of the "Sustainable Transport and Mobility" programme.


The project will last three years, starting from January 1st 2013.


Its purpose is to assess the interes of using a Rankine thermodynamic cycle to recover part of  the heat dissipated in the exhaust gas of diesel engines and thus increase the efficiency of the "power packs" providing propulsion for Diesel-electric trains


Rankine layout 



Up to now, Rankine systems have been mainly used for stationary equipment (power plants, heat recovery from boilers and furnaces, ...), although applications to transport have been studied (for trains, trucks, and more recently, cars) or even implemented, in the case  for large ships. For lighter transportation means, several scientific and technical bottlenecks need to be removed before Rankine systems can be considered  cost-effective devices for increasing energy efficiency. Among the main problems of Rankine systems for mobile applications, we can recall those posed by the rapid and uncontrolled variations of the heat source as well as by the limited  cooling capacity of the system.


The three main research themes of TRENERGY are:

  • studying the best control approach to for an ORC (Organic Rankine Cycle) system equipped with a turbine in an application with variable heat source ;
  • designing a  compact high-efficiency low-power turbine ;
  • evaluating a  more environmentally friendly working fluid than those currently being tested for transport applications.


The projet partners are IFP Energies nouvelles (project leader), ALSTOM Transport, ENOGIA and the Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (DynFluid) of Arts et Métiers-ParisTech.

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