The Southern Research Institute, which maintains an office in Durham, is working with the U.S. Navy on a project exploring technology that can turn waste heat into electricity.

Southern Research scientists will demonstrate what it calls an “Organic Rankine Cycle” or ORC generator, at a Navy facility in California.

The Pentagon hopes projects that capitalize on waste heat can help produce power at remote installations.

at at the U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center, Mobile Utilities Support Equipment (MUSE) Division in Port Hueneme, Calif. which could potentially produce up to 624 gross megawatt hours of electricity in a year using waste heat and deliver a new source of energy to remote military installations.

The generator turns waste heat into electricity. The device being tested is called the Green Machine, which is manufactured by ElectraTherm in Nevada. 

More details are included in a press release.