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Analysis of an Adsorption Chiller Cooling System for Various Types of Solar Collectors Using the F-Chart Cooling Method

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I. P. Koronaki, E. G. Papoutsis, M. T. Nitsas

National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Paper No. IMECE2016-65191, pp. V06AT08A015; 10 pages
  • ASME 2016 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 6A: Energy
  • Phoenix, Arizona, USA, November 11–17, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5058-9
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


Solar cooling systems offer a reliable and environmentally friendly alternative to conventional electrically driven vapor compression cooling units. Air conditioning systems powered by solar energy are very attractive because they have zero ozone depletion and global warming potential, their operational cost is low and they do not burden the electrical network during summer months.

In this study, the installation of a solar cooling system in various Greek cities is examined. The system utilizes a single-stage, two-bed silica gel-water adsorption chiller driven by heat produced by solar collectors. A lumped parameter model is used to simulate the performance of the adsorption chiller. The optimum tilt of the solar collectors is calculated for each examined city in order for the collected solar energy to be maximized during the summer period (April to September). The climatic data are taken from the technical notes of Greek Regulation for Buildings Energy Performance. Then, using the f-chart cooling method the necessary collectors’ surface area is estimated for every examined city and for different types of flat plate collectors (including advanced flat plate, simple flat plate and hybrid photovoltaic thermal collectors).

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