An overview of adsorptive processes in refrigeration systems
AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Energy and Fuels, 30-059 Cracow, Poland
Economic reasons and quest for new solutions based on recovering the energy have provoked an increase of interest in the adsorption technology in the refrigeration industry. The confirmation can be the fact that number of published research is on rise. Adsorption appliances may turn out to be an alternative to compression-type coolers. They use ecological chemical agents instead of substances which are aggressive and harmful to the environment. For regeneration of adsorptive refrigeration systems one can use cheap energy in a form of: industrial waste heat, energy of solar radiation and cheap electric power. The paper presents principles of operation as well as advantages and disadvantages of adsorptive refrigeration systems. Basing on literature the most frequently used adsorbent – adsorbate systems – which are employed in refrigeration industry – have been characterized. A review of construction solutions of systems on both laboratory and industrial scale has been made.
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