Preliminary Results on Experimental Modelling of an Adsorption Chiller

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Abstract

Adsorption refrigeration, as a renewable cooling method, has received more attention in the last few years. The interest in this technology comes especially from developing and tropical countries, where the demand for cooling increases every year due to economy and population growth. Based on this scenario, this work aims to develop a numerical model of an adsorption chiller driven with solar energy, which can be used to optimize the cooling system operation of the building where the device is situated and compare it with the current cooling methods in use. The numerical study here presented was created using Matlab/Simulink™, it is based on a lumped parameter model that relies on physical properties and represents a cooling system using a pair of silica gel-water in a two-bed chiller. In this study, the authors proposed a simplified version of the system and the numerical model, which aims to reduce the simulation time and provide faster results. Besides the temperatures in the system, which range from 52°C to 72°C in the hot cycle and 12°C to 23°C in the chilled water cycle, the results also include the variation of water uptake in the two adsorbent beds. In general, the simulated temperature, cooling and heating power and coefficient of performance (COP) are in fair agreement with the literature data, nevertheless, the final results show that improvements still have to be performed
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
JournalRenewable Energy and Environmental Sustainability
Volume2021
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sep 2021

Keywords

  • Adsorption refreigeration
  • Silica gel-water
  • Heat to cold
  • Mathematical modelling

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