Manglik said air-cooled power plants will become increasingly valuable in arid parts of the world in the face of growing industrialization and climate change.
“There is already a water shortage, exacerbated by the global need for energy,” Manglik said. “We will need a substantially large number of new power plants if the rest of the world begins to consume energy at the rate we do in the United States.”
The researchers have been working on patenting their ideas since submitting their grant proposal in 2015. Manglik said their results of their full-scale experiments will have to be persuasive.
“The inertia in engineering systems is mind-boggling. You go to an oil refinery or a petrochemical plant, and some of the technologies being used are 40 or 50 years old,” Manglik said. “Efficiency is not always a measure that matters.”
The two researchers have collaborated on diverse research projects at UC over the past decade.
“Dr. Jog has special talents in computational physics and modeling,” Manglik said. “I add to that experimental insights. I don’t mind getting my hands dirty – literally.”
“I think that synergy makes it work,” Jog said.