Exergy Analysis of Food Drying Processes
It is well known that micro-level system parameters may have some great impact on macro-level energy aspects, the environment, and sustainability. Of course, if one wants to approach these thermodynamically, there are two ways: energy analysis through the first law of thermodynamics and exergy analysis through the second law of thermodynamics. Exergy analysis is an essential tool to expose the impacts of a power generating device on exergy-based sustainability; sustainability is necessary to overcome current ecological, economic, and developmental problems (Dincer and Rosen, 2005). In this regard, some new exergy-based sustainability parameters for a PEM fuel cell have been developed and studied parametrically to investigate how they will help measure the level of environmental impact and sustainable development (Midilli and Dincer, 2009). These types of parameters may also be applied to other energy-related systems.
KeywordsHeat Pump Exergy Analysis Exergy Efficiency Exergy Loss Heat Pump System
The authors are grateful for the financial support provided for the project entitled “Design, test and performance evaluation of a gas engine driven solar assisted band conveyor heat pump drying system” under Project No. 106M482 by The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK).
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