Investigation on the energy performance of using air-source heat pump to charge PCM storage tank

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Original languageEnglish
Article number101270
Journal / PublicationJournal of Energy Storage
Online published14 Feb 2020
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020


Nowadays air-source heat pumps are widely used to collect heat from ambient air, which can reduce operating cost and protect environment when compared with fossil-based heating systems. To increase the flexibility of heat collection and supply, air-source heat pump should be used together with a thermal storage tank. In this heating system, air-source heat pump needs to charge the storage tank regularly based on a predefined time schedule. When a PCM storage tank is used, the charging completion time and the total energy use are nonlinearly relative to the charging water flow rate. This study, therefore, systematically investigates the relationships between the charge water flowrate and the charging completion time and the total energy use. These relationships are analyzed qualitatively and then evaluated quantitatively using case studies, according to which optimal water flow rate is identified.

Research Area(s)

  • Air-source heat pump, Charging performance, PCM storage tank, Thermal energy storage