Title: Design and analysis of an ice thermal storage system for residential air-conditioning applications

Authors: H. Monsef; M. Yari

Addresses: Engineering Faculty, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Guilan University, Rasht, Guilan 41996-13769, Iran ' Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Tabriz, Tabriz 51666-16471, Iran

Abstract: In recent years, owing to electricity consumption growth in Iran particularly during warm seasons, problems have emerged in the electricity distribution networks like electricity shortage. Studies show that a large portion of the Iranians' electricity consumption during warm seasons is related to the air-conditioning systems. These systems operate higher during warm hours of the day which often coincide with periods of high electricity consumption. To balance the energy consumption of air-conditioning systems, the ice-storage technology is utilised to move the energy consumption away from the on-peak hours. A case study has been carried out on a residential apartment in the north of Iran to compare the performance of the system compared with that of a conventional air-conditioning system. The results signify that using an ice-storage system can reduce the energy consumption during the on-peak hours by 56% and the cooling charge by approximately 18.6%.

Keywords: ice storage systems; thermal storage; residential consumption; Iran; electricity outage; residential air conditioning; case study; energy consumption.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEX.2016.076675

International Journal of Exergy, 2016 Vol.20 No.1, pp.122 - 138

Received: 03 Sep 2014
Accepted: 15 Feb 2015

Published online: 20 May 2016 *

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