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Solar operated absorption air-conditioner for a Kufra house


  • Uppal, A.H.
  • Muneer, T.


The use of solar energy for domestic water heating and space heating has proved to be viable. Space cooling is another promising avenue for utilization of solar energy. Solar operated absorption air-conditioning systems, in different situations, have been found to be feasible. Such systems can make use of the expensive collectors which are, in any case, installed for water and space heating. In this paper the cooling of a prototype house, in Kufra, is reported. Starting with measured radiation and ambient data, calculations are performed on an hourly basis to determine the cooling load, radiation in the collector plane, heat delivered by the collectors and the heat stored in or discharged from the storage tank. Three different types of collectors with varying efficiencies are considered. These collectors are of the evacuated tube, selective coated and black painted types. The study confirms that the water-lithium bromide absorption system can provide summer air conditioning in arid zones of Jamahiriya where there are diffuclties with the supply of electricity and fossil fuels.

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  • Uppal, A.H. & Muneer, T., 1984. "Solar operated absorption air-conditioner for a Kufra house," Applied Energy, Elsevier, vol. 16(4), pages 259-281.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:appene:v:16:y:1984:i:4:p:259-281

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