The overall objective of the research efforts of this Project is the integration of Sorption air-conditioning systems, which have been invented or developed in European laboratories during the recent years, into buildings in the different European climates, in order to optimise the energy consumption.
Starting from the determination for buildings air-conditioning of the global demand of heat and cold in terms of capacity, load temperature and flexibility according to the climatic conditions, the different solutions to meet this demand, using sorption systems or combination of systems, will be screened, on the basis of performances, operating flexibility, economics. In order to compare the systems on a sound thermodynamic basis, fundamental analysis using different and complementary methods will be performed. As a result of these preliminary studies, systems will be selected for realisation. In parallel, specific problems (solid-gas pair, heat transfer method, partial integration of compressor, etc.) will be studied and solutions will be developed.
The selected svstems will be designed completely, before building prototypes to demonstrate the expected performances and impacts on energy consumption and on environment.
The same methodology and analysis methods will be applied to the energy management in industry, and specifically to one industrial process, for example in chemical or pharmaceutical industries and a case-study will be developed.
The machines designed by European laboratories during this Project will be competitive with the exixting technologies and enable European manufacturers to take a significant share of the market, which is today dominated by non-European manufacturers.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts