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[en] Highlights: • A ground-coupled desiccant assisted air conditioning system is evaluated experimentally. • The evaluation is carried out for steady state operation and the cooling period as a whole. • The suitability of the system to provide comfort conditions is examined demonstrated. • Energy comparisons with other air-conditioning systems are performed. • The performance of the borehole heat exchangers for cooling is evaluated. - Abstract: In a pilot installation at Hamburg University of Technology the coupled operation of an open cycle desiccant assisted air conditioning system with borehole heat exchangers is investigated. The paper presents experimental data recorded during the cooling period 2014. Results show that the electricity demand of the system can be reduced to the parasitic consumption of the fans, wheels and pumps. An electric energy efficiency ratio of 6.63 is achieved, enabling electricity savings of more than 70% compared to a conventional reference system and 54% compared to a desiccant assisted hybrid system relying on an electric chiller. Comfort conditions can be maintained during the whole cooling period. The borehole heat exchangers work highly efficient, exhibiting a seasonal performance factor of 192.
[en] Modeling can be strong asset to the operation of air conditioning plants taking into account e.g. the strong dependency of local climate conditions for the operation of HVAC systems. This paper presents a validated physical model and a simplified model based on the results of the physical model for a desiccant wheel, which is the central part of a hybrid air conditioning system. The two models offer different advantages: While the physical model is complex and can be adapted flexibly to different wheel dimensions, desiccant materials or climatic conditions; the simplified model requires no knowledge of underlying equations and modeling language utilized and can be used for a first assessment of the potential of a desiccant cooling system in a certain location or for the use within online control systems. The coexistence of both models ensures that information tailored to the users' needs are made available. The validity of the physical model, and therewith the simplified model, is ensured through comparison with measurement obtained from a hybrid air conditioning system situated in northern Europe. The demonstration plant combines the advantages of a dedicated outdoor air system (DOAS) with the advantages of the common hybrid desiccant system to allow for energy efficient air conditioning in one installation. The availability of primary measurement data is extremely valuable to the process of model validation because knowledge about uncertainties and bias in measurement data unlikely to be known for secondary data can be used to understand and validate model results. A comparison of simulation results from the physical model to measurement data from the demonstration plant shows good compliance for a typical day of wheel operation after adjusting relevant model parameters. -- Highlights: ► The desiccant wheel as core component of a highly efficient HVAC pilot installation based on renewable energies. ► Modeling and experimental validation of a desiccant wheel. ► Using a validated physical model to build a simplified model. ► Modeling and validation used from the same source