The cooling performance of a building integrated evaporative cooling system driven by solar energy

Takahiko Miyazaki, Atsushi Akisawa, Isao Nikai

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    The solar chimney is a passive cooling technique to enhance the natural ventilation of buildings. The effect is, however, limited under hot and humid climatic conditions. In the study, the solar chimney was accompanied by a dew-point evaporative cooler. The dew-point evaporative cooler was integrated with the ceiling of a building. The air flow induced by the solar chimney was predicted by simulation, and the cooling effect of the dew-point evaporative cooler was also analyzed by heat and mass transfer simulation. The results showed that the system was capable of coping with internal heat gains of an ordinary office building. In addition, the optimal geometry of the evaporative cooling channel was revealed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2211-2218
    Number of pages8
    JournalEnergy and Buildings
    Issue number9
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2011


    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Civil and Structural Engineering
    • Building and Construction
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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