A new heating system based on coupled air source absorption heat pump for cold regions : Energy saving analysis

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  • Wei Wu
  • Wenxing Shi
  • Baolong Wang
  • Xianting Li


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)811-817
Journal / PublicationEnergy Conversion and Management
Online published17 Sept 2013
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes


Energy consumption for heating and domestic hot water is very high. The heating system based on an air source absorption heat pump (ASAHP) had been assessed to have great energy saving potential. However, the single-stage ASAHP exhibits poor performance when the outdoor air temperature is very low. A double-stage coupled ASAHP is proposed to improve the energy-saving potential of single-stage ASAHP in cold regions. The heating capacity and primary energy efficiency (PEE) of the proposed system operated in both coupled mode and single-stage mode are simulated under various working conditions. The building load and primary energy consumption of different heating systems applied in cold regions are analyzed comparatively to investigate the energy-saving potential of the coupled ASAHP. Results show that the coupled ASAHP exhibits stable PEE and provides high heating capacity in very cold conditions. The energy-saving rate of the coupled ASAHP in all the typical cities is above 20%. In addition, the energy-saving potential of the single-stage ASAHP in severely cold areas can be improved obviously by coupled ASAHP, with an improvement of 7.73% in Harbin.

Research Area(s)

  • Absorption heat pump, Air source, Double-stage coupled, Heating, Cold regions