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Title: Investigation into solar powered adsorption cooling systems : adsorption technology and system analysis
Author: Schurger, Uwe
ISNI:       0000 0001 3556 9027
Awarding Body: De Montfort University
Current Institution: De Montfort University
Date of Award: 2007
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Due to the fact that the worldwide energy consumption caused by cooling devices in buildings has been increasing steadily and also the fact that the pressure has been rising to provide this cooling energy with environmentally friendly technology, solar DEC-systems (Desiccative and Evaporative Cooling) have begun capturing increasing interest over the past few years. , However, up to now little experience has been gained in the operation of these systems and thus currently little information is available about the performance, the efficiency, the control strategy and the best component choice. This lack of knowledge has resulted in a low rate of acceptance of, this technology so far. The studies presented in this thesis serve as a contribution to the advancement of DEC technology by providing fundamental knowledge about the operation and attainable performance of these systems. A comprehensive study of desiccant wheels was undertaken which provides detailed information about the operation and the achievable dehumidification performance of this component. A detailed simulation model for desiccant wheels was developed and verified with measured data from a desiccant wheel test plant. Additionally, two commercially used DEC-systems (one in a public library in Spain and the other in a plastics processing factory building in Germany) were monitored for the purposes of evaluating the performance of these systems and resolving existing problems in their operation and control strategies. In spite of the generally positive validation of the planned and expected cooling performances in both cases, the monitoring also showed that there are considerable possibilities· for improvement, especially with the regulation of the system.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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