For more than 40 years, Barber-Nichols has
been designing and producing specialty
turbomachinery for submarines to satellites
and everything between.
Barber-Nichols Inc. (BNI) specializes in the design and production of turbomachinery for aerospace, cryogenic, defense, energy, and a variety of commercial applications. Products include specialty compressors, fans, pumps, turbines, generators, motors, controllers, and more. BNI has the ability to manage your project from design and analysis to prototyping and production. Since 1966 BNI has been combining innovation with technical expertise to develop turbomachinery solutions for a growing array of diverse fields.
Case Study: SCO2 Power Cycle
In 2004 the U.S. Department of Energy and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology theorized that replacing a traditional steam Rankine cycle in a power plant with a supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) Brayton cycle would be 7% - 12% more efficient and allow power plants to deliver more electricity from a fixed amount of fuel. To further this research, the DOE's Sandia National Laboratories partnered with Barber-Nichols to address technical risk items and advance the technical readiness level to the point where it could be commercialized. This case study provides a brief look back at the origins of the supercritical CO2 power cycle including its potential benefits and and how its areas of technical risk were overcome to reach its current state of commercial readiness.