'Methanol-based sorption refrigeration and heat pump technology' 1=Energy 2=Energy Efficiency

Lead Research Organisation: University of Warwick
Department Name: Sch of Engineering

Abstract

Solid sorption cycles have been researched for refrigeration, heat pumping and thermal transformers. Most systems to have reached an advanced state of development have used physical adsorption between for example ammonia and active
carbon or water and zeolite. In principle, chemical reactions of ammonia with metal chlorides, bromides etc. have many advantages but the lack of understanding regarding reaction rates, hysteresis, etc. have hampered development. this work
seeks to demonstrate that 2-salt resorprtion systems can be made at low cost and of adequate efficiency to be viable.

Publications

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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/N509796/1 01/10/2016 30/09/2021
1952649 Studentship EP/N509796/1 08/01/2018 30/06/2021 Samuel John HINMERS
 
Description To date, understanding of the dynamic behaviour of our energy materials has been found,
a benchmark experiment has been designed for testing our energy material (salt in conductive ENG matrix)
basis for basic initial demonstration test of a working machine in hand
Exploitation Route When the project is finished could be moving from TRL 3-4
Subsequent PhD student will use the material to also advance TRL for heat pump tech,
Important for LoT-NET outputs
Can be advanced in projects to make a working device in the future
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Chemicals,Energy,Environment

 
Description ERA lab launch 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Represented the T-ERA labs in the opening of the ERA funded labs at university of Warwick, met and spoke to Andy Street, mayor of the West Midlands
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/22m_battery_and/
 
Description LoT-NET Workshop, December 2019 University of Warwick 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshop and forum, with advisory board present updating and sharing research progress.

Presented "Transforming our approach to waste heat"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.lot-net.org/progress.html
 
Description Thermal Systems of the Future 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 23rd January 2020 - Innovation and Developments in Thermal Systems of the Future at the University of Birmingham. In association with Energy Research Accelerator.

Academia and business discussing the future of thermal energy, including talks one that I gave and a workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://ior.org.uk/about/sirach/sirach-past-events
 
Description iSTUTE workshop March 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshop and presentation tied to research group iSTUTE, this collaboration led to the successful proposal and funding of the current project LoT-NET
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.i-stute.org/progress.html