CRADA partner sets world record for heat pump performance
Using a CRADA-developed model of a generator-absorber heat exchanger (GAX) component, Energy Concepts has achieved a world-record performance in a breadboard prototype of a new gas-fired absorption heat pump.
The GAX cycle continues to attract growing interest as one of the most promising avenues for solving the environmental problems caused by space-conditioning and industrial refrigeration -- carbon dioxide buildup and ozone depletion. The design represents an entry market for gas-fired ammonia/water systems, which serve a wide array of small to midsize buildings such as shopping centers and mini-malls, supermarkets, discount stores, and warehouses. If successful, the design can be expanded to larger processes such as food processing, the use of waste heat for refrigeration, and residential heat pumps.
The CRADA was funded by DOE's Office of Energy Research, Laboratory Technology Transfer Program.
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