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[en] Highlights: • Pipes are embedded to the cavity of a double window system. • Ground-source water is used directly to reduce the heat transfer through envelope. • Effects of water and ambient temperatures on the system performance is evaluated. • The dynamic performance of the system in a heating period is investigated. • The system is effective in diverse climatic regions except severely cold regions. - Abstract: Heat dissipation through glass envelopes accounts for a large proportion of building heating loads in winter. Limiting heat transfer through windows is critical, especially considering the rapid development of glass buildings. A pipe-embedded glass envelope that arranges pipes in the shading device of a double window system is combined with a ground-source heat exchanger (GSHE) for heating in this study. The heat transfer process and energy efficiency of the presented system are simulated in consideration of diverse climatic regions. The results show that the water even much cooler than the room temperature is adequate for auxiliary heating by this system. Water at 12 °C can reduce 30% of the heat flux when the outdoor temperature is 0 °C. In addition, the coefficient of the performance of the piping system exceeds a value of 10 because water temperatures are low. The energy saving rates of the system when applied to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou are 16.8%, 20.2%, and 55.9% during the heating season. In the meantime, capacity of the traditional heating system can be reduced as peak heating loads have been decreased, e.g., a reduction of 40.7% in Shanghai. And the payback period is acceptable in these cities. However, in severely cold regions such as Harbin, the energy efficiency is low because the soil temperature is too low. Overall, the studied heating system is very promising as an energy saving method for glass buildings.
[en] This paper presents a new scheme of an inverter air cooling heat pump system with domestic hot water. A water reheater is placed between the compressor outlet and the four way valve inlet to utilize the sensible heat of the superheated gas exhausted from the compressor, and a water preheater is placed between the condenser and the throttling device to use the sensible heat of the subcooled liquid flowing out of the condenser. With these two parts of heat, the domestic hot water can be heated to a temperature high enough for domestic use. In order to maintain the system efficiency in the period of part load, an inverter compressor is adopted as the substitute for the constant speed one used in the conventional heat pump system. A hot water storage tank with a circulation pump is placed in the system to reduce the peak load of the system. Compared with the traditional system, this new design is able to reduce energy consumption by 31.1% and decrease thermal pollution to the environment
[en] Highlights: • A double-stage coupled air source absorption heat pump (ASAHP) is proposed. • The coupled ASAHP exhibits stable and high performance in very cold regions. • Energy-saving rate of the coupled ASAHP in all the typical cities is above 20%. - Abstract: Energy consumption for heating and domestic hot water is very high. The heating system based on an air source absorption heat pump (ASAHP) had been assessed to have great energy saving potential. However, the single-stage ASAHP exhibits poor performance when the outdoor air temperature is very low. A double-stage coupled ASAHP is proposed to improve the energy-saving potential of single-stage ASAHP in cold regions. The heating capacity and primary energy efficiency (PEE) of the proposed system operated in both coupled mode and single-stage mode are simulated under various working conditions. The building load and primary energy consumption of different heating systems applied in cold regions are analyzed comparatively to investigate the energy-saving potential of the coupled ASAHP. Results show that the coupled ASAHP exhibits stable PEE and provides high heating capacity in very cold conditions. The energy-saving rate of the coupled ASAHP in all the typical cities is above 20%. In addition, the energy-saving potential of the single-stage ASAHP in severely cold areas can be improved obviously by coupled ASAHP, with an improvement of 7.73% in Harbin
[en] Highlights: • Optimal compression ratio of CASAHP is obtained for the maximum energy saving rate. • Annual performance is improved by 10–20% compared to ASAHP without compression. • Energy saving rate is 17.7–29.2% and investment is reduced to 30–60% for CASAHP. • Both compression and partial-design enhance the economy with given energy saving. • Payback time is reduced from 12–32 to 3–6 years by compression and partial-design. - Abstract: The compression-assisted air source absorption heat pump (CASAHP) is a promising alternative heating system in severe operating conditions. In this research, parameter studies on the annual performance under various compression ratios (CRs) and source temperatures are performed to achieve the maximum energy saving rates (ESRs). Economic analyses of the CASAHP under different CRs and partial-design ratios are conducted to obtain an optimal design that considers both energy savings and economy improvements. The results show that the optimal CR becomes higher in colder regions and with lower heat source temperatures. For a source temperature of 130 °C, the optimal CR values in all of the cities are within 2.0. For source temperatures from 100 to 130 °C, the maximum ESR is in the range of 17.7–29.2% in the studied cities. The efficiency improvement rate (EIR) caused by compression in a severe source condition can reach 10.0–20.0%. From the viewpoint of economy, the relative investment of CASAHP is reduced to 30–60% with a CR of 2.0–3.0. With a 2–6% sacrifice in ESR, the payback period can be reduced from 12–32 to 5–9 years using compression. Partial-design of the CASAHP can further reduce the payback period to 3–6 years with a partial-design ratio of 50% and a CR of 2.8. Additionally, CRs and partial-design ratios are designed comprehensively by seeking the maximum ESR for a given acceptable payback period
[en] Highlights: • A visual thermosyphon loop test bench is established. • Partially liquid-filled phenomenon in the downcomer is discovered. • The driving force may be smaller than the conventional prediction. • Liquid head in the downcomer is self-regulated by influencing factors. • Larger height difference does not always lead to better performance. - Abstract: Two-phase thermosyphon loops (TPTLs) are beginning to be extensively used in the field of air conditioning and heat recovery, where they have quite different flow characteristics compared with the traditional TPTLs used in cooling of electronics. However, in the existing studies, the flow features in the downcomer were ignored, and most researchers simply thought the downcomer was always full of liquid. In this study, a visual experimental setup was established, the flow features in the downcomer were observed and measured. And the influencing factors including temperature difference, liquid charge, height difference, and circulation flow resistance on the liquid head have been identified and investigated experimentally. The results show that, different from the conventional understandings, the downcomer can be partially liquid filled. At this time, the upper part of downcomer is a static saturation gas blockage, surrounded by a layer of liquid film, which does not provide the driving force. The liquid head in the downcomer, which provides the driving force, shows great self-regulation ability with different working conditions. Increasing the refrigerant charge, temperature difference, circulation flow resistance, and decreasing the height difference drives the liquid head to rise, and the downcomer tends to be fully liquid filled.
[en] Highlights: • The hybrid GCHP system with multi-functions is proposed. • The system maintains the soil temperature and heating reliability steady. • The multi-functional operation of HCUT can save more energy of the system. - Abstract: Underground thermal imbalance is a significant problem for ground-coupled heat pump (GCHP) systems that serve predominately heated buildings in cold regions, which extract more heat from the ground and inject less heat, especially in buildings requiring domestic hot water (DHW). To solve this problem, a previously developed heat compensation unit with thermosyphon (HCUT) is integrated with a GCHP unit to build a hybrid GCHP system. To improve the energy savings of this hybrid GCHP system, the HCUT unit is set to have multiple functions (heat compensation, direct DHW and direct space heating) in this paper. To analyze the improved system performance, a hotel requiring air-conditioning and DHW is selected and simulated in three typical cold cities using the dynamic software DeST and TRNSYS. The results indicate that the hybrid GCHP system can maintain the underground thermal balance while keeping the indoor air temperature within the design range. Furthermore, the HCUT unit efficiently reduces the energy consumption via its multi-functional operations. Compared to the previous system that only used HCUT for heat compensation, adding the direct DHW function further saves 7.5–11.0% energy in heat compensation (HC) and DHW (i.e., 3.6–4.8% of the whole system). Simultaneously adding the direct DHW and space heating functions to the HCUT can save 9.8–12.9% energy in HC and DHW (i.e., 5.1–6.0% of the whole system). The hybrid GCHP system with a multi-functional HCUT provides more energy savings while maintaining the underground thermal balance in cold regions that demand both air-conditioning and DHW
[en] Highlights: • GSAHP with borehole free cooling is proposed to reduce the thermal imbalance. • Unguarded heating and guaranteed cooling hours are comparatively simulated. • Performance of GSAHP can be maintained at a high level by borehole free cooling. - Abstract: Ground source absorption heat pumps (GSAHPs) extract less heat from the ground than ground source electrical heat pumps (GSEHPs) and therefore require fewer boreholes and can reduce the deterioration in heating performance. GSAHP integrated with borehole free cooling is proposed to reduce the thermal imbalance further and keep the heat pump system working efficiently for a longer period. Dynamic simulations of different applications in three typical cities are conducted in TRNSYS to investigate the potential of GSAHP + borehole free cooling. The results show that the soil temperature reduction for GSAHP can reach 6–7 °C after 10 years but can be reduced to 0–3 °C by floor radiation cooling, and the coefficient of performance (COP) and heating capacity can be kept at a high level. Moreover, the unguaranteed heating hours can be greatly reduced, while the guaranteed cooling hours are in the range of 800–1500 in different areas. Additionally, the primary energy efficiency of GSAHP with heating only is 95–120%, while that of the hybrid GSAHP + borehole free cooling can reach 111–156% in typical cities. The proposed system provides additional cooling and indoor comfort while also reducing the underground thermal imbalance, slowing the deterioration of soil temperature and system performance, improving the heating reliability, and reducing the system’s energy consumption
[en] A hybrid air conditioner combining a thermosyphon cycle with a vapor compression refrigeration cycle has a large energy saving potential compared with a common air conditioner for spaces requiring year-round cooling. The performance of the switch between the vapor compression mode and the thermosyphon mode largely impacts the safety and reliability of hybrid air conditioners. Therefore, a self-operated three-way valve is proposed. A thermodynamic model and a kinetic model are developed in this paper to evaluate the dynamic performance of the switch valve. The effects of the spring force constant, compressor discharging volume, fit clearance and piston length on the dynamic performance of the switch valve are analyzed. In conclusion, the proposed self-operated three-way valve can realize the switch operation accurately. - Highlights: •A self-operated three-way valve is proposed for hybrid air conditioners. •The thermodynamic model and kinetic model of the self-operated three-way valve are developed. •The validity of models is verified by experiments. •Effects of four main design parameters on the operating performance of the valve are researched
[en] Highlights: • A combined heating/cooling/DHW system based on GSAHP is proposed in cold regions. • The soil imbalance is effectively reduced and soil temperature can be kept stable. • 20% and 15% of condensation/absorption heat is recovered by GSAHP to produce DHW. • The combined system can improve the primary energy efficiency by 23.6% and 44.4%. - Abstract: The amount of energy used for heating and domestic hot water (DHW) is very high and will keep increasing. The conventional ground source electrical heat pump used in heating-dominated buildings has the problems of thermal imbalance, decrease of soil temperature, and deterioration of heating performance. Ground source absorption heat pump (GSAHP) is advantageous in both imbalance reduction and primary energy efficiency (PEE) improvement; however, the imbalance is still unacceptable in the warmer parts of cold regions. A combined heating/cooling/DHW (HCD) system based on GSAHP is proposed to overcome this problem. The GSAHPs using generator absorber heat exchange (GAX) and single-effect (SE) cycles are simulated to obtain the performance under various working conditions. Different HCD systems in Beijing and Shenyang are simulated comparatively in TRNSYS, based on which the thermal imbalance, soil temperature, heat recovery, and energy efficiency are analyzed. Results show that GSAHP–GAX–HCD is suitable for Beijing and GSAHP–SE–HCD is suitable for Shenyang. The imbalance ratio can be reduced to −14.8% in Beijing and to 6.0% in Shenyang with an annual soil temperature variation of only 0.5 °C and 0.1 °C. Furthermore, about 20% and 15% of the total condensation/absorption heat is recovered to produce DHW, and the PEE can reach 1.516 in Beijing and 1.163 in Shenyang. The combined HCD systems can achieve a PEE improvement of 23.6% and 44.4% compared with the normal heating/cooling systems
[en] Highlights: • Applicability of air source absorption heat pump (ASAHP) district heating is studied. • Return temperature and energy saving rate (ESR) in various conditions are optimized. • ASAHP is more suitable for shorter distance or lower temperature district heating. • Two options can reduce the primary return temperature and improve the applicability. • The maximum ESR is improved from 13.6% to 20.4–25.6% by compression-assisted ASAHP. - Abstract: The low-temperature district heating system based on the air source absorption heat pump (ASAHP) was assessed to have great energy saving potential. However, this system may require smaller temperature drop leading to higher pump consumption for long-distance distribution. Therefore, the applicability of ASAHP-based district heating system is analyzed for different primary return temperatures, pipeline distances, pipeline resistances, supplied water temperatures, application regions, and working fluids. The energy saving rate (ESR) under different conditions are calculated, considering both the ASAHP efficiency and the distribution consumption. Results show that ASAHP system is more suitable for short-distance district heating, while for longer-distance heating, lower supplied hot water temperature is preferred. In addition, the advantages of NH_3/H_2O are inferior to those of NH_3/LiNO_3, and the advantages for warmer regions and lower pipeline resistance are more obvious. The primary return temperatures are optimized to obtain maximum ESRs, after which the suitable distances under different acceptable ESRs are summarized. To improve the applicability of ASAHP, the integration of cascaded heat exchanger (CHX) and compression-assisted ASAHP (CASAHP) are proposed, which can reduce the primary return temperature. The integration of CHX can effectively improve the applicability of ASAHP under higher supplied water temperatures. As for the utilization of CASAHP, higher compression ratio (CR) is better in longer distance, while lower CR is more advantageous in shorter distance. For a distance of 50 km, the maximum ESR is improved from 13.6% to 20.4–25.6% under different CRs