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Special Issue "Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps: Energy and Environmental Issues"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2019).
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale e Scienze Matematiche Universita' Politecnica delle Marche Via Brecce Bianche 60131 Ancona, Italy
Tel. +39 071 2204432; Fax: +39 071 2204770
Interests: refrigeration; refrigerants; thermodynamic properties; heat pumps; demand side management; energy planning; LNG
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Refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps (RACHP) have an important impact on the final energy uses of many sectors of modern society, such as residential, commercial, industrial, transport, and automotive.
Moreover, they have also an important environmental impact due to the working fluids that deplete the stratospheric ozone layer and which are being phased out according to the Montreal Protocol (1989).
Last, but not least, high-Global-Working-Potential (GWP) working fluids (directly) and energy consumption (indirectly) are responsible for a non-negligible quota of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions in the atmosphere, therefore impacting on climate change. To cope with this aspect, the Kigali Amendment of the Montreal Protocol (2016), has started a phase down procedure for HFCs, to be completed by the mid-21st century.
All these issues will pose great challenges to the RACHP industry over the next few decades, such as:
- the search for new working fluids, able to substitute high-GWP HFCs,
- the safety aspects associated to the mostly flammable alternatives to high-GWP HFCs,
- the expected growth of air conditioning in developing countries and the subsequent increase in GHG emissions,
The common ground for all these challenges is that the energy efficiency of components and systems has to increase in order to keep energy consumption and GHG emissions associated with RACHP under control.
The topics to be addressed by this Special Issue on “Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps” include, but are not limited to:
- Search for alternative, low-GWP working fluids,
- Natural refrigerants and their applications,
- Advanced thermodynamic analyses of reverse cycles and their applications,
- Energy efficiency of vapor compression components and systems,
- Demand Side Management and integration with Renewables,
- Safety issues and risk assessment for flammable refrigerants,
- Control and operations,
- Not-In-Kind alternatives to vapor compression,
- Energy Efficiency of RACHP applications (domestic, commercial, industrial, residential, transport, automotive)
- Environmental impacts of RACHP,
- Market trends and analyses.
Prof. Fabio Polonara
Manuscript Submission Information
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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- Air Conditioning
- Heat Pumps
- Natural Refrigerants
- Hydro-Fluoro-Carbons (HFCs)
- Hydro-Fluoro-Olefins (HFOs)
- Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP)
- Global Warming Potential (GWP)
- Green House Gases (GHG)
- Total Equivalent Warming Impact (TEWI)
- Life Cycle Climate Performance (LCCP)
- Vapor compression
- Thermodynamic analysis
- Energy Efficiency
- Not-In-Kind Technologies
- Absorption and Adsorption
- District Cooling
- Evaporative Cooling
- Magnetic Refrigeration
- Demand Side Management
- Renewable Energy
- Components and Systems
- Cold Chain and its applications
- Safety issues
- Risk Assessment