Adsorptive heat transformer is a promising technology for waster heat recovery and global energy conservation. A novel cyclic adsorption heating system based on direct contact heat exchange method has been established for the purpose of high-temperature steam generation from hot water. Pre-adsorption is originally proposed before generation phase to enhance the system performance with composite zeolite 13X and MgSO4 in the open-loop adsorption heating system. Composite zeolite is prepared by impregnation method. Experimental results show steam with temperature higher than 200°C is generated from inlet water at 72.0°C. During regeneration phase, dry air at 130°C and relative humidity of 7.37% is employed. Gross temperature lift is 95.0°C to 103°C for different pre-adsorption conditions. The effective steam generation time with pre-adsorption temperature at 90.0°C is prolonged by 27.4%. Meanwhile, the mass of steam is elevated by 16.2% compared with the cycle without pre-adsorption. Exergy coefficient of performance is upgraded by 14.7% and specific heating power for steam generation is increased by 16.0%. The pre-adsorption operation achieved the goal of recovery of low-grade waste steam on adsorbents to enhance the subsequent high-temperature steam generation. After pre-adsorption operation, the packed bed reaches adsorption and thermal equilibrium more quickly during generation phase. Thus, dynamic steam generation is significantly intensified and then system performance is improved correspondingly.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Nuclear Energy and Engineering
- Fuel Technology
- Energy Engineering and Power Technology