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Study on a solar heat driven dual-mode adsorption chiller

Publication date: 15 December 2013
Source:Energy, Volume 63
Author(s): Khairul Habib , Biplab Choudhury , Pradip Kumar Chatterjee , Bidyut Baran Saha
Environmental concerns and the rising energy cost necessitate looking for renewable energy driven environmentally benign adsorption cooling systems. Solar powered adsorption chillers with non-concentrating flat plate or evacuated tube collectors face the problem of not getting adequate driving source temperature during some months of the year. Multi-staging of the adsorption cycle is then needed to exploit the low driving source temperature. A simulation study of a solar thermal driven dual-mode, four-bed silica gel–water adsorption chiller is undertaken in this work. The solar thermal collector data of Durgapur (23.48 °N, 87.32 °E), India has been used as the heat source for the dual-mode chiller. For a driving source temperature above 60 °C, the chiller works as a single stage four-bed adsorption chiller; while the chiller functions as a two stage adsorption chiller when the driving source temperature falls below 60 °C. With a cooling water temperature of 30 °C, this two stage chiller has been found to produce cooling effect with a driving source temperature as low as 40 °C. Results indicate that the dual-mode chiller is capable of providing cooling throughout the year under the climatic condition of Durgapur, India.

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