Solar Air Conditioning Study

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Report Number: CR 77.018
Author(s): Merriam, Richard
Corporate Author(s): Arthur D. Little, Inc.
Corporate Report Number: C-79679
Date of Publication: 1977-04
Pages: 145
Contract: N68305-76-C-0029
DoD Task:
Identifier: ADA043951

The state-of-the-art of solar cooling is evaluated to determine the near term performance potentials and life-cycle costs of the most promising approaches. The heat actuated absorption cycle, Rankine cycle, and desiccant dehumidification cycle are examined. The principles of operation are described, performance coefficients are reviewed, operating constraints are examined, and the commercial status of each approach is evaluated. An analysis of the major solar cooling demonstrations (as of 1976) is carried out. Savings-to-investment ratios are calculated for solar cooling systems in buildings in seven locations within the United States.

Provenance: Solar Energy - Heat Transfer Labboratory, M.M.A.E. Deoartment, Illinois Institute of Technology

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