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  • 1.
    Blackman, Corey
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Energy Technology. SaltX Technology, Hägersten, Stockholm; Mälardalen University.
    Gluesenkamp, Kyle R.
    Malhotra, Mini
    Yang, Zhiyao
    Study of optimal sizing for residential sorption heat pump system2019In: Applied Thermal Engineering, ISSN 1359-4311, E-ISSN 1873-5606, Vol. 150, no 5, p. 421-432Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Gas-driven sorption heat pumps (GDSHP) show significant potential to reduce primary energy use, associated emissions and energy costs for space heating and domestic hot water production in residential applications. This study considered a bivalent heating system consisting of a sorption heat pump and a condensing boiler, and focuses on the optimal heating capacity of each of these components relative to each other. Two bivalent systems were considered: one based on a solid chemisorption cycle (GDSHPA), and one based on a resorption cycle (GDSHPB). Simulations of year-round space heating loads for two single family houses, one in New York and the other Minnesota, were carried out and the seasonal gas coefficient of performance (SGCOP) calculated. The sorption heat pump’s design heating capacity as a fraction of the bivalent system’s total heating capacity was varied from 0 to 100%. Results show that SGCOP was effectively constant for sorption heat pump design capacity greater than 41% of the peak bivalent GDSHPA design capacity in Minnesota, and 32% for GDSHPB. In New York, these values were 42% and 34% for GDSHPA and GDSHPB respectively. Payback period was also evaluated based on postulated sorption heat pump component costs. The fastest payback was achieved with sorption heat pump design capacity between 22–44%.

  • 2. Chen, X
    et al.
    Su, Y
    Aydin, D
    Bai, H
    Jarimi, H
    Zhang, Xingxing
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Energy Technology.
    Raffat, S
    Experimental investigation of a polymer hollow fibre integrated liquid desiccant dehumidification system with aqueous potassium formate solution2018In: Applied Thermal Engineering, ISSN 1359-4311, E-ISSN 1873-5606, Vol. 142Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Hollow fibres have been studied as the substitute for metallic materials due to the advantages such as light weight, corrosion resistant and low cost in heat and mass transfer applications. A novel polymer hollow fibre liquid desiccant dehumidification system, in which a cross-flow hollow fibre module (fibre inside diameter=1.4mm) serves as the dehumidifier, is presented in this paper. This novel hollow fibre integrated liquid desiccant dehumidification system can be used in an air conditioning system to provide a comfortable indoor environment for hot and humid area. Compared with other conventional liquid desiccant dehumidifier, the polymer hollow fibre has a very small diameter which leads to significantly increased surface area. Moreover, the porous feature of the hollow fibre module can help to eliminate any liquid desiccant droplets carryover into the process air. As a less corrosive and more environmental friendly working fluid, aqueous potassium formate (KCOOH) solution has been selected. The dehumidification performance of the proposed system were analysed experimentally under the conditions of incoming air temperature in the range of 30°C to 45°C. The variations of dehumidification sensible and latent effectiveness, moisture removal rates were studied by varying the incoming air velocity from 0.65 m/s to 4.5m/s. With the various values of incoming air relative humidity in the range of 55% to 75% and the solution concentrations between 36% and 62%, the experimental obtained latent effectiveness are in the range of 0.25 to 0.43 and the sensible effectiveness are in the range of 0.31 to 0.52, which is in a satisfactory agreement with the empirical correlation of effectiveness-NTU in the literature.

  • 3.
    Myhren, Jonn Are
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Construction.
    Holmberg, Sture
    Performance evaluation of ventilation radiators2013In: Applied Thermal Engineering, ISSN 1359-4311, E-ISSN 1873-5606, Vol. 51, no 1-2, p. 315-324Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A ventilation radiator is a combined ventilation and heat emission unit currently of interest due to its potential for increasing energy efficiency in exhaust ventilated buildings with warm water heating. This paper presents results of performance tests of several ventilation radiator models conducted under controlled laboratory conditions.

     

    The purpose of the study was to validate results achieved by Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in an earlier study and indentify possible improvements in the performance of such systems. The main focus was on heat transfer from internal convection fins, but comfort and health aspects related to ventilation rates and air temperatures were also considered.

      The general results from the CFD simulations were confirmed; the heat output of ventilation radiators may be improved by at least 20 % without sacrificing ventilation efficiency or thermal comfort.

     

    Improved thermal efficiency of ventilation radiators allows a lower supply water temperature and energy savings both for heating up and distribution of warm water in heat pumps or district heating systems. A secondary benefit is that a high ventilation rate can be maintained all year around without risk for cold draught.

  • 4.
    Persson, Tomas
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Energy and Environmental Technology.
    Dishwasher and washing machine heated by a hot water circulation loop2007In: Applied Thermal Engineering, ISSN 1359-4311, E-ISSN 1873-5606, Vol. 27, no 1, p. 120-128Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Electric energy (70-90%) used by electrically heated dishwashers and washing machines is used for heating the water, the crockery, the laundry and the machine and could as well be replaced by heat from other sources than electricity. This article evaluates prototypes of a dishwasher and a washing machine, where the machines are heated by a hot water circulation loop and the heat is transferred to the machines via a heat exchanger. The machine therefore uses water from the cold water pipe. Measurements and simulations have been performed showing that all energy for heating can be replaced if the supply water temperature is 65-70 degrees C. An alternative and common way to save electricity is to connect the machines to the domestic hot water pipe, but the electrical savings with this measure are much smaller, especially for the dishwasher. Computer modelling has been performed and the model has proved to have a high agreement with measured data. However comparison with manufacturers' data indicates that the computer models overestimate the energy demand by about 10 %.

  • 5.
    Persson, Tomas
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Environmental Engineering.
    Rönnelid, Mats
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Environmental Engineering.
    Increasing solar gains by using hot water to heat dishwashers and washing machines2007In: Applied Thermal Engineering, ISSN 1359-4311, E-ISSN 1873-5606, Vol. 27, no 2-3, p. 646-657Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    70 to 90% of the electric energy used by dishwashers and washing machines heats the water, the crockery, the laundry and the machine and could just as well be replaced by heating energy from solar collectors, district heating or a boiler. A dishwasher and a washing machine equipped with a heat exchanger and heated by a hot water circulation circuit instead of electricity (heat-fed machines) have been simulated together with solar heating systems for single-family houses in two different climates (Stockholm, Sweden and Miami, USA). The simulations show that a major part of the increased heat load due to heat-fed machines can be covered by solar heat both in hot and cold climates if the collector area is compensated for the larger heat load to give the same marginal contribution. Using ordinary machines connected to the hot water pipe (hot water-fed machines) and using only cold water for the rinses in the washing machine gives almost the same solar contribution; however considerably lower electrical energy savings are achieved. The simulations also indicate that improvements in the system design of a combisystem (increased stratification in the store) are more advantageous if heat-fed machines are connected to the store. Thus, using heat-fed machines also encourages the use of more advanced solar combisystems.

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