Our vision is to develop the best possible method for electricity generation from renewable or waste heat sources
We all need electricity.
But we need a livable climate.
So our electricity must be sustainable, low-emissions, reliable and affordable.
Capricorn Power’s new heat engine is based on a proven thermodynamic cycle, but with patented innovations so we can efficiently convert heat from a wide range of sources into reliable electricity, even at micro-grid scale.
High efficiency at small scale allows us to go to the source of waste, reducing disposal costs, competing with retail prices for electricity, and allowing beneficial use of cogeneration. Our system involves pressures no greater than 20 bar and uses mostly off-the- shelf components. Low capital cost and high efficiency means the Levelised Cost of Electricity is excellent.
How it works
Our customer gets discounted (behind-the- meter) electricity and heat, and often solves a waste disposal problem. Local jobs are created in waste materials handling, operations, maintenance and administration.
Noel Barton was educated at the University of Western Australia, finishing in 1973 with a PhD in applied mathematics. Prior to becoming a full-time inventor in 2004, he held appointments at the University of New South Wales (1975-81) and CSIRO Australia (1973-74, 1981-2003). Up until 2016, he was Managing Director of his own company, Sunoba Pty Ltd, during which period he developed completely new thermodynamic cycles for heat engines and heat pumps. His work since mid-2012 has focused on new methods to convert heat to power, especially from waste and renewable heat sources, and including the use of thermal storage.
In addition to his PhD, Dr Barton has an honorary doctorate from Queensland University of Technology. He is a Fellow and Honorary Life Member of the Australian Mathematical Society, an Ambassador of Business Events Sydney and a Member of the Order of Australia (2002) for his services to mathematics.