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Energy Demand Comparison between Hollow Fiber Membrane Based Dehumidification and Evaporative Cooling Dehumidification Using TRNSYS

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Energy Efficiency and Materials Research Division, Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER), Daejeon 34129, Korea
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sogang University, Seoul 04107, Korea
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Climate Change Research Division, Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER), Daejeon 34129, Korea
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Energies 2018, 11(5), 1181; https://doi.org/10.3390/en11051181
Received: 3 April 2018 / Revised: 4 May 2018 / Accepted: 5 May 2018 / Published: 8 May 2018
This communication presents the performance evaluation and comparative study between two different techniques: a membrane-based dehumidification system (MDS) and evaporative cooling dehumidification (ECD) for a typical climate of South Korea. Although there are different ways to dehumidify the air in living and work spaces, the membrane-based dehumidification system (MDS) is the most effective way as it neither causes a change in the temperature nor harms the environment. Moreover, it consumes significantly less energy when compared to other methods. There are also limitations concerning products that are sensitive to temperature such as food and pharmaceutical products; the method of evaporative cooling dehumidification is not suitable for such applications. The present work demonstrated the excellent energy-saving performance of the membrane-based dehumidification system against evaporative cooling dehumidification by comparing the performance of these two systems during the rainy season using a transient system simulation. The results showed that the MDS helped to reduce the dehumidification load by more than 47.6% when compared to the ECD system, which is a significant achievement in this regard. View Full-Text
Keywords: membrane-based dehumidification system (MDS); hollow fiber membrane (HFM); evaporative cooling dehumidifier (ECD); TRaNsient SYStem simulation (TRNSYS); thermal comfort membrane-based dehumidification system (MDS); hollow fiber membrane (HFM); evaporative cooling dehumidifier (ECD); TRaNsient SYStem simulation (TRNSYS); thermal comfort
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Jang, J.; Kang, E.-C.; Lee, H.K.; Jeong, S.; Park, S.-R. Energy Demand Comparison between Hollow Fiber Membrane Based Dehumidification and Evaporative Cooling Dehumidification Using TRNSYS. Energies 2018, 11, 1181.

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