Review of the advances in solar-assisted air source heat pumps for the domestic sector

Yang, Li Wei, Xu, Rong Ji, Hua, Nan, Xia, Yu, Zhou, Wen Bin, Yang, Tong ORCID logoORCID:, Belyayev, Yerzhan and Wang, Hua Sheng (2021) Review of the advances in solar-assisted air source heat pumps for the domestic sector. Energy Conversion and Management, 274 , e114710. pp. 1-34. ISSN 0196-8904 [Article] (doi:10.1016/j.enconman.2021.114710)

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Solar assisted air source heat pump shows great potential as a promising energy-saving heating technology, which integrates solar collector and air source heat pump. It is widely considered for supplying hot water, space heating and/or space cooling in the domestic sector. The performance of solar assisted air source heat pumps can be evaluated in system level by parameters such as coefficient of performance, seasonal performance factor, energy consumption, solar fraction as well as initial and operating costs, and in component level by parameters such as efficiencies of solar collection and thermal energy storage. Their performances are affected by many factors such as system configuration, components size, working fluid, working conditions and weather conditions. This paper presents a comprehensive review on the recent advances in solar assisted air source heat pump for the domestic sector in terms of system configuration, solar collectors, thermal energy storage, defrosting method and the perspective areas of further investigations. The results of this review confirm that research is still required to improve the performance of such a combined system and reduce initial cost compared with existing heating systems based on hydrocarbon combustion. The information presented in this paper is beneficial to the researchers, small and medium-sized enterprises supplying renewable energy system technologies, heating engineers and service workers, energy policy and decision makers, environmental activists and communities.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): solar-assisted air source heat pump, coefficient of performance, system configuration, 44 solar collector, thermal energy storage, defrosting
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology
Item ID: 33863
Notes on copyright: © 2021. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
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Depositing User: Tong Yang
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2021 08:03
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2022 01:05

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