Cooling mechanisms of a solar assisted air conditioner: an investigation based on pressure-enthalpy chart

Abdenour Bouraba*, Mohamed Saighi, Hind Saidani-Scott, Abderrahmane Hamidat

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This paper reports a theoretical study of a conventional vapor compression air conditioner combined with a solar energy source. This system comprises two parts: the cooling mechanism and the solar heat source to operate it. Only the cooling machine part will be considered here, in which the refrigerant temperature leaving the immersed coil inside the storage tank can be calculated directly from the pressure–enthalpy diagram of the operating refrigerant. The investigation has been made using a new low global warming potential refrigerant that belongs to HFO family as an alternative to two high global warming potential refrigerants that belong to HFC family. These are R-1234ze(E) as an alternative to R-134a and R-410A. Comparisons between the classical vapor compression air conditioner and the solar assisted air conditioner and also between the selected refrigerants are investigated. The effects of the refrigerant temperature leaving the storage tank on the main performance parameters such as the coefficient of performance, the gain based on compression work, and the required condenser surface area are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)274-291
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Refrigeration
Early online date12 May 2017
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017

Bibliographical note

Original French title: Mécanisme de refroidissement d’un conditionneur d’air solaire : étude basée sur le diagramme pression-enthalpie


  • Air conditioner
  • COP
  • Efficiency
  • Heat exchanger
  • Refrigerant


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