Measurements of cooling power and heat demand are presented for an adsorption heat pump (AHP) that integrated a finned adsorbent heat exchanger and a solar collector. For this study the adsorbent heat exchanger was heated/ cooled with fluid at near constant temperature. Results from a bench scale, large temperature jump (LTJ) test were scaled to predict the outcome of a larger experiment (adjusting for heat losses and additional heat capacities). The AHP’s measured coefficients of performance were COP ∈ [0.119, 0.236] versus COP ∈ [0.233, 0.337] expected. The factor of discrepancy in specific cooling power (predicted cooling power divided by measured cooling power) is 1.1 to 2.0 versus a range of 2 to 6 suggested elsewhere. Although the scale-up procedure accounted for additional heat capacities, unwanted air ingress (even for mole fractions < 0.1%) might have substantially reduced adsorption/ evaporation rates.
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||Applied Thermal Engineering|
|Early online date||20 Aug 2016|
|Publication status||Published - 5 Jan 2017|
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