INTAS Study of solar assisted adsorption cooling unit using new adsorbent materials


Seiler, Jan © Copyright: Lehrstuhl fuer Technische Thermodynamik der RWTH Aachen


Jan Seiler

Group Leader Sorption Systems Engineering


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The main objective of the project is the development of a new adsorbent, belonging to a family of composite materials already investigated, to be used in a cooling system driven by solar energy. The design of the adsorption device and solar collector in an integrated unit is also a paramount objective.

In order to reach the main objective the research project is organised in such a way to pursue intermediate objectives that are also of interest within the scientific community. They are:

  1. Analysis and recommendation on both the working concept and the design of the components of a solar-assisted adsorption cooling unit (SAACU) applying the new composite adsorbents under different climatic conditions.
  2. Design of a solar driven sorption cooling unit
  3. Optimization of the thermal interaction of the SAACU components by an exergetic analysis of the system
  4. Development of a dynamic simulation model of the SAACU

The system will be investigated in this project can have his major application in cooling systems or ice production for food preservation in hot regions and remote sites where the lack of electricity does not allow a production of cold or ice by the traditional vapour compression systems.