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[en] Highlights: • CPO-27(Ni) and aluminium fumarate were investigated for adsorption heating, cooling and desalination applications. • Both MOFs have high potential in adsorption applications. • The optimum desorption temperature for the CPO-27(Ni) is higher than 90 °C, and for aluminium fumarate, it is 55–70 °C. • CPO-27(Ni) outperforms aluminium fumarate at low evaporation temperature (5 °C). • Aluminium fumarate outperforms CPO-27(Ni) at high evaporation temperature (20 °C). - Abstract: Metal-organic framework (MOF) materials are new porous materials with high surface area, pore size and volume, and tunable pore geometry thus providing high adsorption capacity. Currently, limited MOF materials with high water adsorption capabilities and hydrothermal stability are available on a large scale. Two MOF materials, namely CPO-27(Ni) and aluminium fumarate, have been identified to have a high hydrothermal stability, high water uptake of 0.47 g_H_2_O_.g_a_d_s"−"1 and 0.53 g_H_2_O_.g_a_d_s"−"1 at a relative pressure of 0.9 and are commercially available. This work aims to measure the water adsorption characteristics of these two MOF materials in terms of isotherms, kinetics and cyclic stability. Also the thermodynamic cycle performance of such materials based on their equilibrium adsorption data was investigated under different operating conditions for various adsorption applications such as heating, cooling and water desalination. Results showed that the CPO-27(Ni)/water pair outperformed the aluminium fumarate/water pair at low evaporation temperatures (5 °C) and high desorption temperatures (≥90 °C), while the aluminium fumarate/water pair was more suitable for applications requiring high evaporation temperature (20 °C) and/or low desorption temperature (70 °C).