Demonstration of a Solar Thermal Combined Heating, Cooling and Hot Water System Utilizing an Adsorption Chiller for DoD Installations
Final rept. Oct 2009-Dec 2013
SOUTHERN RESEARCH INST BIRMINGHAM AL
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Technologies used to provide cooling for buildings at DoD sites represent a substantial portion of the energy consumption at fixed installations and forward operating bases. With increasing energy costs, the economic and security impacts of cooling loads are an important consideration when planning for retrofit improvements and new installations. The objective of this demonstration was to demonstrate the technical and economic efficacy of a solar-thermal cooling system using an adsorption chiller at the Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot. Performance objectives included demonstrating peak cooling capacity, maximum capacity using solar energy alone, steam and electrical energy reductions and associated emissions footprint reductions, operability and reliability, and economic benefits. The primary components of the demonstrated technology are an adsorption chiller, an array of evacuated tube solar panels, and balance of plant equipment necessary to support operation of the system as integrated with existing HVAC equipment at the site. The system design also included the ability to utilize excess solar thermal energy for domestic water heating.
- Air Conditioning, Heating, Lighting and Ventilating