An overview of solid desiccant dehumidification and air conditioning systems

Muhammad Sultan, Ibrahim I. El-Sharkawy, Takahiko Miyazaki, Bidyut Baran Saha, Shigeru Koyama

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To address the importance of desiccant air-conditioning (DAC) systems, this paper discusses the comparison between DAC and conventional vapor compression air-conditioning (VAC). Performance and economic feasibility (PEF) of the system is conferred with reference literature to correlate the types of DAC system from the perspective of energy saving and system payback period. The present study provides three examples of existing desiccant cooling systems namely (i) standalone DAC system, (ii) single-stage hybrid DAC system, and (iii) two-stage hybrid DAC system, which highlight their importance under different environmental conditions. This study provides scientific and experimental supports on how the standalone or hybrid desiccant cooling can be a supplement to the exiting VAC system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-29
Number of pages14
JournalRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2015


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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