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Exergoeconomic Assessment of Solar Absorption and Absorption–Compression Hybrid Refrigeration in Building Cooling

by Yue Jing 1,2,3, Zeyu Li 1,2,3,*, Liming Liu 1,2,3 and Shengzi Lu 1,2,3
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School of Electric Power, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640, China
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Guangdong Province Key Laboratory of High Efficient and Clean Energy Utilization, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640, China
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Guangdong Province Engineering Research Center of High Efficient and Low pollution Energy Conversion, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, 510640, China
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Entropy 2018, 20(2), 130; https://doi.org/10.3390/e20020130
Received: 19 January 2018 / Revised: 12 February 2018 / Accepted: 14 February 2018 / Published: 17 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Work Availability and Exergy Analysis)
The paper mainly deals with the match of solar refrigeration, i.e., solar/natural gas-driven absorption chiller (SNGDAC), solar vapor compression–absorption integrated refrigeration system with parallel configuration (SVCAIRSPC), and solar absorption-subcooled compression hybrid cooling system (SASCHCS), and building cooling based on the exergoeconomics. Three types of building cooling are considered: Type 1 is the single-story building, type 2 includes the two-story and three-story buildings, and type 3 is the multi-story buildings. Besides this, two Chinese cities, Guangzhou and Turpan, are taken into account as well. The product cost flow rate is employed as the primary decision variable. The result exhibits that SNGDAC is considered as a suitable solution for type 1 buildings in Turpan, owing to its negligible natural gas consumption and lowest product cost flow rate. SVCAIRSPC is more applicable for type 2 buildings in Turpan because of its higher actual cooling capacity of absorption subsystem and lower fuel and product cost flow rate. Additionally, SASCHCS shows the most extensive cost-effectiveness, namely, its exergy destruction and product cost flow rate are both the lowest when used in all types of buildings in Guangzhou or type 3 buildings in Turpan. This paper is helpful to promote the application of solar cooling. View Full-Text
Keywords: solar cooling; absorption–compression hybrid; exergoeconomics solar cooling; absorption–compression hybrid; exergoeconomics
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Jing, Y.; Li, Z.; Liu, L.; Lu, S. Exergoeconomic Assessment of Solar Absorption and Absorption–Compression Hybrid Refrigeration in Building Cooling. Entropy 2018, 20, 130.

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