Experimental investigation on NH3-H2O compression-assisted absorption heat pump (CAHP) for low temperature heating in colder conditions

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


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-124
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Refrigeration
Online published4 Apr 2016
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016
Externally publishedYes


The coefficient of performance (COP) and heating capacity of the absorption heat pump (AHP) decreased obviously as the evaporator inlet temperature dropped. Compression-assisted AHP (CAHP) could operate efficiently in colder conditions, and a prototype was constructed for experimental investigation. At a generator inlet of 130°C, as the evaporator inlet decreases from -5°C to -25°C, the COP drops from 1.513 to 1.372, while the heating capacity deteriorates from 77.26 kW to 47.11 kW. Comparisons between CAHP and normal AHP indicated that CAHP can extend the lower limit of evaporator inlet temperature from -10°C to -25°C. Besides, CAHP can enhance the heating capacity by approximately 55.5-85.0% even when AHP can operate normally. Moreover, the improvement contributed by CAHP is greater under much colder conditions. The heating COP and capacity of CAHP are improved in all the conditions, while the primary energy efficiency is advantageous under lower evaporator inlet temperatures.

Research Area(s)

  • Absorption heat pump, Ammonia-water, Cold regions, Compression-assisted absorption, Experimental investigation, Low temperature heating

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