Modelling of cold store for agro-products using solar-driven adsorption chiller under Rwandan environmental conditions

Ahmed Alammar, Ahmed Rezk*, Abed Alaswad, Stephanie D Decker, Joseph Ruhumuliza, Quenan Gasana

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Abstract

There has been an increasing need to adresss the lack of food cold chain in order to save wasted food in Sub-Saharan Africa. TRNSYS has been considered as a powerful tool to simulate transient energy systems. In this study TRNSYS was utilised to model a standalone year-round adsorption cooling system driven by solar thermal energy to preserve fruits and vegtables after the harvest in Rwanda. The required solar collector area and heat storage size were optimised to run the adsorption refrigeration system 24/7, meet the cooling demand of the cold room and maintain its conditions. a compinations of evacuated tube solar collector area of 45 m2 with a hot storage size of 10 m3 and 50 m2 with 8 m3 were found optimal to drive the cooling system 24/7 and maintain the cold room of 38 m3 at the desired operating temperature of 10oC to preserve a selected range of fruits and vegtables.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICAE2020: The 12th International Conference on Applied Energy, Bangkok, Thailand, 1/12/20
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2020

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