Solar-Driven Air-Conditioning Cycles: A Review

A. M. Abu-Zour, S. B. Riffat

Abstract


Most conventional cooling/refrigeration systems are driven by fossil fuel combustion, and therefore give rise to emission of environmentally damaging pollutants. In addition, many cooling systems employ refrigerants, which are also harmful to the environment in terms of their Global Warming Potential (GWP) and Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP). Development of a passive or hybrid solar-driven air-conditioning system is therefore of interest as exploitation of such systems would reduce the demand for grid electricity particularly at times of peak load. This paper presents a review of various cooling cycles and summarises work carried out on solar-driven air-conditioning systems.

 


Keywords


Solar energy, Cooling cycles, Air-conditioning system, and coefficient of performance (COP)

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