Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry

, Volume 134, Issue 3, pp 2197–2212 | Cite as

A review of solar absorption cooling systems combined with various auxiliary energy devices

  • Hamideh Sheikhani
  • Ramtin Barzegarian
  • Ali Heydari
  • Ali Kianifar
  • Alibakhsh Kasaeian
  • Gyula Gróf
  • Omid Mahian


From both environmental and energy-saving points of view, solar heating and cooling systems have recently proven themselves in the commercial world as the environmentally friendly and sustainable energy systems which can replace the systems powered by conventional sources of energy such as fossil fuels and electricity. In the present paper, the research contributions conducted on solar absorption cooling systems, integrated with different auxiliary energy devices, are comprehensively reviewed and discussed. Also, various cooling systems integrated with solar technologies, i.e., flat-plate collector, evacuated tube collector, compound parabolic collector and parabolic trough collector, are reviewed. The survey and comparison are carried out in terms of some crucial parameters such as coefficient of performance, annual energy consumption and payback period. Further, this work briefly presents and discusses some possible opportunities for future works from the efficiency viewpoint.


Solar heating and cooling systems Absorption cooling system Coefficient of performance Annual energy consumption Payback period Solar thermal collectors 

List of symbols


Heat load (kW)


Temperature (K)


Irradiance (W m−2)


Beam irradiance (W m−2)


Diffused irradiance (W m−2)


Area concentration ratio

Greek symbols




Inclination of collector (°)


Ground reflectance









Storage tank





Solar heating and cooling


Flat-plate collector


Evacuated tube collector


Compound parabolic collector


Parabolic trough collector


Coefficient of performance


Solar coefficient of performance


Annual energy consumption


Global warming potential


Direct normal irradiance


Solar–biomass hybrid absorption cooling system


Ground source heat pump


Ground-coupled heat pump


High-temperature fluid


Phase change material


Thermal energy storage


Differential heat of dilution


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hamideh Sheikhani
    • 1
  • Ramtin Barzegarian
    • 2
  • Ali Heydari
    • 3
  • Ali Kianifar
    • 1
  • Alibakhsh Kasaeian
    • 4
  • Gyula Gróf
    • 5
  • Omid Mahian
    • 6
    • 7
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringFerdowsi University of MashhadMashhadIran
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical Engineering, Science and Research BranchIslamic Azad UniversityTehranIran
  3. 3.Energy and Sustainable Development Research Center, Semnan BranchIslamic Azad UniversitySemnanIran
  4. 4.Faculty of New Sciences and TechnologiesUniversity of TehranTehranIran
  5. 5.Department of Energy EngineeringBudapest University of Technology and EconomicsBudapestHungary
  6. 6.Center for Advanced TechnologiesFerdowsi University of MashhadMashhadIran
  7. 7.School of Aeronautic Science and EngineeringBeihang UniversityBeijingPeople’s Republic of China

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