Simulation of an Air-Cooled Solar-Assisted Absorption Air Conditioning System

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Luis H. Alva, Jorge E. González

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, Mayagüez, PR 00681-9045

J. Sol. Energy Eng 124(3), 276-282 (Aug 01, 2002) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.1487885 History: Received February 01, 2001; Revised October 01, 2001; Online August 01, 2002
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Conceptual layout for a 10.5 kW, compact air-cooled, solar air conditioning installation
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COP versus ambient temperature for air cooling
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COP of the absorption cycle
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Hourly solar fraction, COP, and coll. efficiency—Month: July; location Ponce, air cooling absorption system under dynamic cooling load
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Hourly solar fraction, COP, and coll. efficiency—Month July; location Ponce, for cooling tower under static cooling load
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Air-cooled solar absorption system: 1) solar collectors, 2) storage tank, 3) aux energy source, 4) condenser, 5) generator, 6) heat exchanger, 7) absorber, and 8) evaporator
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General program flow chart
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Total energy from collectors
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Solar fraction versus collector number for the hour of maximum solar radiation in Ponce, and for the 17.5 kW cooling case
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Annual solar fraction versus storage volume per collector area ratio, for location Ponce and dynamic cooling load
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Hourly overall efficiency
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Absorption cycle temperatures for air cooling and water cooling




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