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CANCELLED: Organic Rankine Cycle Technology Workshop




This event is due to take place later in the year.

Course Overview

This is a course for industry engineers and professionals, academic and researcher scholars and that provides a concise introduction to Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) waste heat recovery technology, its principles, applications and state-of-the-art.

The subject is highly topical and of interest to the industry as well as to academia working in this field and is applicable to a very wide range of centralised and distributed power and propulsion applications including industrial heat recovery, biomass, solar thermal, geothermal and transportation (automotive, marine and rail). ORC systems are emerging as a highly promising clean energy technology that enables significant fuel consumption/carbon dioxide emissions reduction.

Workshop sessions will cover the characteristics, design, and performance of the principal ORC components. Advanced waste heat recovery configurations and the current state-of-the-art in systems are, also, analysed. Emphasis is also, placed on problems confronting select power and propulsion industries today, including the need for fuel economy and reductions in carbon dioxide emissions, and how waste heat recovery is shaped by and can also, influence these demands.

Program Outline and Timetable


Session Title

Time Slot


08:45 – 09:00


Introduction to Organic Rankine Cycle Technology

09:00 – 10:30


10:30 – 11:00


ORC Component Analysis

11:00 – 12.30

Lunch Break

12:30 – 13:30


ORC Component Analysis 2

13:30 – 15.00


15:00 – 15:30


ORC Applications and State-of-Art

15:30 – 17.00

Q&A and Closure

17:00 – 17:30

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers in the automotive industries as well as other transportation industries (e.g. rail, marine), as well as power generation industry professionals who will gain an extensive understanding of ORC technologies, design and performance.
  • This course is an excellent briefing for engineers new to this field, while established engineers will gain fresh insight and appreciation of the state-of-the-art.
  • Managers and sales personnel in these fields will gain insight into the performance, analysis and future direction of waste heat recovery systems.
  • Academics and researchers who would like to expand into ORC technology as new field or are in the early stages of their involvement and would like a jump-start to this activity.


Participants receive an electronic copy of all workshop notes and an electronic copy of the book “Automotive Exhaust Emissions and Energy Recovery” by Apostolos Pesyridis. This book is an edited work with a number of articles introducing and describing further developments in this field as well as the field of emissions mitigation and control technologies.

Learning Objectives

  • Develop an understanding of the operational and design principles of ORC technology.
  • Learn about the areas of application of ORC technology and the principal issues associated with each.
  • Understand the operating characteristics and design issues of the principal components of ORCs.
  • Understand the importance of working fluids, their thermo-chemical characteristics and selection of the appropriate fluids for ORC applications.
  • Learn about the state-of-the-art in ORC technology from the point of view of performance, which will influence the development of the industry in the coming years.


Dr. Apostolos Pesyridis is the CEO of Metapower. In addition, to Metapower he holds a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) position at Brunel University London. He has 20 years of research experience, as well as consulting work in the field. He has worked with and advised a number of ORC companies and more broadly a number of power and propulsion companies including some of the largest OEMs in the field. He has, also, consulted for a number of major turbocharging Tier 1 suppliers, as well as many of the automotive OEMs associated with these companies (including Formula 1 companies as well as Fiat, Ford, Honda, Mitsubishi and many others). In addition, he has worked on and helped shape projects dealing with the state-of-the-art in such systems for example, the (at the time) world’s fastest electric turbocharger (project VERITAS), most highly downsized engine (project ULTRABOOST) and has worked with Formula 1 companies in the re-introduction of turbocharging to the sport.

At Brunel University London he is holds the position of senior lecturer (associate professor-equivalent). He is the Turbomachinery Group Leader in Brunel University’s Centre of Advanced Powertrain and Fuels (CAPF) and his research focus is on transportation turbomachinery applications (primarily automotive) as well as in power generation applications of waste heat recovery systems. His research has included projects in turbocompounding and waste heat recovery for Organic Rankine Cycle systems for application in Diesel, gasoline and gas turbine engines, biomass and solar applications.

He is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) in the UK, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) in the US. He is also a visiting academic with the Turbomachinery Group of Imperial College London and a former PhD graduate and post-doctoral research associate of that institution.

Dr Martin White is a Lecturer in Thermal Power at City, University of London. He has been working in the field of organic Rankine cycle (ORC) power systems since 2012, with his PhD investigating the design and analysis of small-scale turbines for low-temperature organic Rankine cycles. After his PhD he spent a year working as a Research Associate at Imperial College London (2015-2016) within the Clean Energy Processes Laboratory, investigating computer-aided working fluid and system optimisation of ORC systems for industrial applications. In May 2017 he returned to City to work on the EPSRC funded project NextORC, investigating fundamental aspects of expanders for organic Rankine cycles (Grant number: EP/P009131/1). Recently, in September 2019, he was awarded a five-year Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship, investigating next generation waste-heat recovery systems.

As a researcher his focus is on the development of small-scale energy systems suitable for the power generation from low- and medium-temperature heat sources, such as solar, biomass, geothermal and waste heat. This encompasses system design and optimisation, working-fluid selection and component design and simulation, with significant focus on turbomachinery components. He has published over 20 papers related to field of ORC power systems.

Dr Martin White is Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Course Costs

Course attendance fees can be seen in the table below. Working lunch and drinks costs are included.

Registration Type

Cost in GBP (£)

Industry professional






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When and where

8.45am - 5.30pmTuesday 7th April 2020

EM01 City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom