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Frontiers in Energy

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 185–192 | Cite as

Performance analysis of solar absorption-subcooled compression hybrid refrigeration system in subtropical city

  • Xiangyang Ye
  • Liming Liu
  • Zeyu LiEmail author
Research Article

Abstract

Solar absorption-subcooled compression hybrid refrigeration system is a new type of efficient and economical solar refrigeration device which always meets the demand of cooling load with the change of solar irradiance. The performance of the hybrid system is higher due to the improvement of evaporator temperature of absorption subsystem. But simultaneously, the variation of working process as well as performance is complicated since the absorption and compression subsystems are coupled strongly. Based on the measured meteorological data of Guangzhou, a subtropical city in south China, a corresponding parametric model has been developed for the hybrid refrigeration system, and a program written by Fortran has been used to analyze the performance of the hybrid system under different external conditions. As the condensation temperature ranges from 38°C to 50°C, the working time fraction of the absorption subsystem increases from 75% to 85%. Besides, the energy saving fraction also increases from 5.31% to 6.02%. The average COP of the absorption subsystem is improved from 0.366 to 0.407. However, when the temperature of the absorption increases from 36°C to 48°C, the average COP of hybrid system decreases from 2.703 to 2.312. Moreover, the working time fraction of the absorption subsystem decreases from 80% to 71.7%. The energy saving fraction falls from 5.67% to 5.08%. In addition, when the evaporate temperature increases from 4°C to 14°C, the average COP of the absorption subsystem decreases from 0.384 to 0.365. The work of the compressor decreases from 48.2 kW to 32.8 kW and the corresponding average COP of the absorption subsystem is improved from 2.591 to 3.082.

Keywords

solar absorption-subcooled compression hybrid dynamic simulation performance analysis 

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Acknowledgements

This work is supported by the National Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51206056), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (No. 2014ZZ0016) and the Key Laboratory of Efficient and Clean Energy Utilization of Guangdong Higher Education Institutes (No. KLB10004).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Electric powerSouth China University of TechnologyGuangzhouChina
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Efficient and Clean Energy Utilization of Guangdong Higher Education InstitutesGuangzhouChina

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