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[en] Highlights: • Performance of desiccant coated heat exchanger AC system is predicted. • Effects of main operation parameters and climatic conditions are discussed. • Regeneration temperature of 30 °C is recommended under simulation condition. • Higher ambient humidity ratio results in increased humidity ratio of supply air. • Temperature of ambient air has neglectable effect on supply air. - Abstract: Conventional air source heat pump system faces several challenges when adopted in winter season. Solid desiccant air conditioning system can provide humidification and heating power simultaneously and can be driven by low grade thermal energy; it provides a good alternative for air source heat pump systems. However, conventional solid desiccant air conditioning system adopts desiccant wheel with high cost as core component, which hinders the development of such system. Recently, desiccant coated heat exchanger (DCHE) with low initial cost and high efficiency was developed and this paper aims to investigate performance of DCHE air conditioning system adopted in Shanghai winter season. Performance of the system is predicted by a developed mathematical model where supply air states, mass of humidification and coefficient of performance (COP) are adopted as performance indices to evaluate the feasibility and energy utilization ratio of the system. Effects of regeneration water temperature on system performance are analyzed. It is found that under the simulation condition, relatively low regeneration temperature (such as 20 °C) cannot meet the designed standard and relatively high regeneration temperature (such as 40 °C) provides too much extra heating power, thus moderate regeneration temperature around 30 °C is recommended. Meanwhile, switch time is a crucial operation parameter for the system to obtain satisfied supply air, switch time from 40 s to 80 s and from 70 s to 240 s are recommended for transient and average supply air states, respectively. Both mass of humidification and COP increase with increasing regeneration temperature under simulation condition. Also, influences of ambient air temperature and humidity ratio on system performance are discussed to study the feasibility of such system regarding different climatic conditions. Results show that higher humidity ratio of ambient air results in increased humidity ratio of supply air, temperature of ambient air has neglectable effect on supply air. In conclusion, DCHE air conditioning system can be adopted for winter operation with moderate selection of regeneration temperature as well as switch time.
[en] This paper deals with the problem of energy efficiency evaluation and economic feasibility analysis of a small scale trigeneration system for combined cooling, heating and power generation (CCHP) with an available Stirling engine. Trigeneration systems have a large potential of energy saving and economical efficiency. The decisive values for energetic efficiency evaluation of such systems are the primary energy rate and comparative primary energy saving (Δq), while the economic feasibility analysis of such systems relates the avoided cost, the total annual saving and payback period. The investigation calculates and compares the energy saving and economic efficiency of trigeneration system with Stirling engine against contemporary conventional independent cooling, heating and power, showing that a CCHP system saves fuel resources and has the assurance of economic benefits
[en] Adsorption cold storage has lately attracted attention for its large storage capacity and zero cold energy loss during the storing process. Thermodynamic and experimental studies on the cold storage capacity and the cold discharging process, in which the adsorber is either air cooled or adiabatic, have been presented. An adsorption cold storage system with zeolite-water working pair has been developed, and some operating results are summarized. This system is used for providing air conditioning for the driver's cab of an internal combustion locomotive. Unlike a normal adsorption air conditioner, the system starts running with the adsorption process, during which the cold energy stored is discharged, and ends running with the generation process. The adsorbent temperature decreases during the cold storing period between two runs. The refrigeration power output for the whole running cycle is about 4.1 kW. It appears that such a system is quite energetically efficient and is comparatively suitable for providing discontinuous refrigeration capacity when powered by low grade thermal energy, such as industrial exhausted heat or solar energy
[en] Highlights: • A Bi_2Te_3 TEC with silica aerogel encapsulation is proposed. • A three dimensional model for the TEC is developed. • This model first considers the effect of air gap and aerogel. • Different thicknesses of aerogel encapsulation for TEC are discussed. - Abstract: A Bi_2Te_3 TEC with silica aerogel encapsulation is developed. Silica aerogel with different thicknesses is filled in the void spaces around the TE legs and started from cold-side ceramic plate. A three dimensional mathematical model for the TEC is developed. This model considers the effect air gap and silica aerogel. (Bi_0_._2Sb_0_._8)_2Te_3 and Bi_2(Te_0_._9_7Sb_0_._0_3)_3, which have temperature-dependent TE properties, are selected to be p-type and n-type TE materials. Also, an experimental test bench is built to validate the three dimensional model. The performances of non-silica aerogel encapsulated TEC with and without consideration of air gap are investigated. Meanwhile, the effects of different thicknesses of silica aerogel encapsulation under different T_as and V_as are analysed. The results show that the cold side ceramic and interconnector, and cold part of TE legs can be insulated effectively while the hot part of TE legs can be effectively dissipated using part silica encapsulation when T_h ⩾ T_a ⩾ T_c. The maximum Q_c at L_a_e_r = 0.8 mm is nearly increased by 7% as compared with that at L_a_e_r = 0 mm when T_a = (T_c + T_h)/2. Moreover, apart from the cold side interconnector, L_a_e_r should be about 2%, 15% and 25% of the L_l_e_g corresponding to the maximum Q_c condition when T_a = T_c, T_a = (T_h + T_c)/2 and T_a = T_h, respectively. The value of L_a_e_r can be (T_a−T_c)/(T_h−T_c)L_l_e_g corresponding to the optimum COP condition
[en] Highlights: • Solid sorption heat pipe (SSHP) with composite NaBr-NH_3 is proposed for continuous heat transfer. • Both vertical and horizontal SSHPs are investigated. • SSHP features non-isothermal heat transfer performance at sorbent and condenser sections. • The highest radial heat flux in vertical and horizontal SSHPs is 22.1 and 12.4 kW/m"2, respectively. • Both SSHPs have axial heat flux higher than 400 kW/m"2. - Abstract: A novel type solid sorption heat pipe (SSHP) is developed for continuous heat transfer. In contrast to conventional heat pipe (HP), SSHP utilizes the composite sorbent-sorbate as working media to replace the wick structure inside HP. Such a technology is expected to alleviate the heat transfer limits of conventional HP. NaBr is chosen as the sorbent, and the expanded natural graphite treated with sulfuric acid serves as the matrix. A certain molar amount of the sorbate (NH_3) is complexed with the composite sorbent. The desorption, condensation and chemisorption processes of NaBr-NH_3 working pairs are investigated for both vertical and horizontal placed SSHP. The results show that the desorption process of NaBr-NH_3 solid-gas reaction can be carried out while the heating temperature reaches up to 60 °C or above. The highest radial heat flux in both vertical and horizontal placed SSHP is around 22.1 and 12.4 kW/m"2, respectively, while the axial heat flux for both SSHPs is not less than 400 kW/m"2. It can be concluded that the SSHP is characterized by the non-isothermal heat transfer performance and verified to be available for continuous heat transfer. The vertical SSHP has a better overall heat transfer performance than horizontal SSHP under the same condition and NaBr-NH_3 working pairs applied in SSHP is suitable for low-grade thermal energy transfer above 60 °C.
[en] Different adsorbents, such as physical, chemical and composite adsorbents are analyzed. Three types of working pairs, activated carbon-methanol, chemical adsorbent-ammonia and composite adsorbent-ammonia can be used for adsorption ice makers on fishing boats. The advantages, disadvantages and performances of three types of adsorption ice makers, with activated carbon-methanol, CaCl2-NH3 and compound adsorbent (made by CaCl2 and activated carbon)-NH3 as adsorption pairs, are compared at the condition of two bed systems. The activated carbon-methanol ice maker shows the advantage of reliable safety, and the composite adsorption ice maker shows the best adsorption performance. The cooling power of 20.32 kW can be obtained from the composite adsorption ice maker when the volume for each adsorber is 0.288 m3, which is about 10 times that of the physical adsorption ice maker and 1.38 times that of the chemical adsorption ice maker
[en] Highlights: • Performance of resorption refrigeration is analyzed based on non-equilibrium reaction process. • The porous matrix improves the heat and mass performance of composite adsorbent. • The actual desorption process has the significant hysteresis phenomenon. • The highest energy efficiency of Manganese and Calcium chloride working pair is 0.272. - Abstract: The aims of this paper is to indicate that the non-equilibrium adsorption testing results is more suitable for prediction of real refrigeration performance than equilibrium data. Therefore, a test unit is constructed to test the non-equilibrium performance of different composite adsorbents. The adsorption and desorption quantity are measured and calculated by smart differential pressure transmitter. The non-equilibrium adsorption performances of working pair of Manganese chloride–ammonia, Calcium chloride–ammonia and Ammonium chloride–ammonia are investigated respectively. Results show that hysteresis phenomena happens obviously in non-equilibrium desorption process, which is related with dual variables rather than single variable. Based on the testing results, resorption refrigeration performance is analyzed, in which Manganese chloride is used as high temperature salt (HTS), and Calcium chloride, Ammonium chloride are selected as low temperature salt (LTS) for comparison. Results show that the highest COP and SCP for resorption refrigeration are about 0.272 and 45.6 W/kg, respectively. Performance of Manganese chloride–Calcium chloride and Manganese chloride–Ammonium chloride working pairs are much lower when compared with theoretical data.
[en] Highlights: • Activated carbon–ammonia multi-stage adsorption refrigerator was analyzed. • COP, exergetic efficiency and entropy production of cycles were calculated. • Single-stage cycle usually has the advantages of simple structure and high COP. • Multi-stage cycles adapt to critical conditions better than single-stage cycle. • Boundary conditions for choosing optimal cycle were summarized as tables. - Abstract: Activated carbon–ammonia multi-stage adsorption refrigeration cycle was analyzed in this article, which realized deep-freezing for evaporating temperature under −18 °C with heating source temperature much lower than 100 °C. Cycle mathematical models for single, two and three-stage cycles were established on the basis of thorough thermodynamic analysis. According to simulation results of thermodynamic evaluation indicators such as COP (coefficient of performance), exergetic efficiency and cycle entropy production, multi-stage cycle adapts to high condensing temperature, low evaporating temperature and low heating source temperature well. Proposed cycle with selected working pair can theoretically work under very severe conditions, such as −25 °C evaporating temperature, 40 °C condensing temperature, and 70 °C heating source temperature, but under these working conditions it has the drawback of low cycle adsorption quantity. It was found that both COP and exergetic efficiency are of great reference value in the choice of cycle, whereas entropy production is not so useful for cycle stage selection. Finally, the application boundary conditions of single-stage, two-stage, and three-stage cycles were summarized as tables according to the simulation results, which provides reference for choosing optimal cycle under different conditions.
[en] Highlights: • Study on boundary conditions of five kinds of adsorption heat pumps is presented. • Feasibility and economic studies under various working conditions were made. • Suggested ranges of driving and cooling temperatures are given for economic use. - Abstract: The objectives of this paper are to analyze adsorption heat pump (AHP) systems using different working pairs such as silica gel/water, zeolite/water, SAPO-34/water, FAPO-34/water and activated carbon/ammonia, and to carry out their boundary conditions. According to the Clapeyron diagram, adsorption equilibrium equations and energy balance equations, feasibility and economic studies under various working conditions are made. Silica gel/water, SAPO-34/water and FAPO-34/water AHPs can feasibly operate for space heating and domestic hot water. Beyond that, zeolite/water and activated carbon/ammonia AHPs can even feasibly operate for heating network or industrial heating/preheating. However, ranges of economic operation are much stricter than that of feasible operation. Silica gel/water, SAPO-34/water and FAPO-34/water AHPs are not convenient for cold winter except zeolite/water and activated carbon/ammonia AHPs. Activated carbon/ammonia AHP even can economically operate in the cold winter with −15 °C ambient temperature. Floor heating is the most convenient technique for silica gel/water, SAPO-34/water and FAPO-34/water AHPs. Zeolite/water and activated carbon/ammonia AHPs require more than 130 °C and more than 140 °C driving source for economic use, respectively. The sequence according to the value of COPH is as follows: silica gel/water, FAPO-34/water, SAPO-34/water, zeolite/water and activated carbon/ammonia AHPs.
[en] Highlights: ► We develop one heat pipe type adsorption refrigerator. ► New compound adsorbent of CaCl2/activated carbon–ammonia can work more effectively. ► Combined mass recovery-heat pipe heat recovery can improve adsorption performance. ► Combined mass recovery-heat pipe heat recovery can reduce cycle time. - Abstract: A heat pipe type adsorption refrigerator system is proposed and investigated, which can be powered by solar energy or waste heat of engine. The study assesses the performance of compound adsorbent (CaCl2 and activated carbon)–ammonia adsorption refrigeration cycle with different orifice sets and different mass and heat recovery processes by experimental prototype machine. Specific cooling power (SCP) and coefficient of performance (COP) were calculated with experimental data to analyze the influences of operating condition. The results show that the jaw opening of the hand needle nozzle can influence the adsorption performance obviously and the thermostatic expansion valve (TEV) is effective in the intermediate cycle time in the adsorption refrigeration system. The SCP of the cycle with the mass-heat recovery together (combined recovery process) is superior to that of the conventional cycles with mass recovery or heat recovery independently.