E3S Web Conf.
Volume 111, 2019CLIMA 2019 Congress
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Advanced HVAC&R&S Technology|
|Published online||13 August 2019|
Thermal performance characterisation of a reverse-flow energy recovery ventilator for a residential building application
1 Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Galway, Ireland.
2 ProAir Heat Recovery Ventilation Systems Ltd., Tuam Road, Galway, Ireland.
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The European Union’s 2020 and 2030 sustainable energy policies seek significant reductions in both energy consumption and carbon emissions. These policies demand a greater use of energy efficient technologies and a transition away from fossil fuels. This paper studies one such technology, an indoor climate control system with a reverse-flow enthalpy recovery ventilator, capable of recovering both sensible and latent heat. The thermal performance characteristics are established using an experimental facility and calculation methods defined by European Standard EN 13141-7:2010. This involves measurement of temperature, humidity, pressure and volumetric air flow rates over a range of operating conditions. Total thermal energy recovery rates ranged from 0.63 kW to 2.2 kW, with energy recovery efficiency of 72.8 % to 88.6 %. The recovery efficiency ratio, which reflects the capacity of the indoor climate control system to recover thermal energy relative to its power consumption ranged between 6.87 to 19.97. Due to the unique reverse-flow defrost function, the system demonstrates operation down to -7 °C without frost formation. These results highlight the potential that this system can make towards the EU goals of reducing energy consumption, operating costs and carbon emissions associated with indoor climate control.
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