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Reference Number EP/R00143X/1
Title Thermally-driven solar air conditioning (TSAC)
Status Completed
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Solar Energy, Solar heating and cooling (including daylighting)) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Physics) 30%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Chemical Engineering) 35%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 35%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor DM Grant
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Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering
University of Nottingham
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 September 2017
End Date 29 February 2020
Duration 30 months
Total Grant Value £202,437
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region East Midlands
Programme Energy : Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor DM Grant , Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Nottingham (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Dr G Walker , Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
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Abstract To deliver compact thermally-driven air conditioning through a totally new innovative route. In this novel air conditioning (A/C) system two metal hydride slurries will be continuously cycled and assessed for its potential as a new solar cooling technology. In order to establish whether this approach has practical and economic viability a prototype system will be constructed and evaluated against recognised performance indicators. In theory two thermochemically coupled metal hydrides can be used to transform sustainable thermal energy sources into sources of cooling. This has been attempted using a batch process involving two large hydride beds but with limited success. It is possible that by suspending the metal hydrides in an inert liquid and circulating them between the heat source and sink that a continuous operation can be achieved. This is advantageous as it would reduce the size of the system, reduce the mass of metal hydride by several orders of magnitude, improve heat transfer and lead to higher operational efficiencies
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