Evaluating the potential use of direct evaporative cooling in Australia

Guan, Lisa, Bennett, Michael, & Bell, John (2015) Evaluating the potential use of direct evaporative cooling in Australia. Energy and Buildings, 108, pp. 185-194.

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Abstract

Greenhouse gas emissions and associated global climate change are a significant and growing concern for the world community. In order to improve building energy efficiency, the use of evaporative cooling systems is attracting growing attention. Using a climate assessment tool, the potential use of direct evaporative coolers over different Australian climates is evaluated. It is found that overall, the potential use of direct evaporative cooling is very significant in Australian climates. Among all the eight capital cities across Australia, except for Darwin, the need of hybrid cooling for other cities is found to be insignificant,and is less than 5% if appropriate air circulation is provided on hot/warm days. It is also found that the potential use of evaporative cooling can be significantly influenced by a change in the applications or design parameters. In Brisbane, it is estimated that with an increase of sensible cooling load from 30 W/m2 to 40 W/m2 in the conditioned space, the requirement in hours of hybrid cooling can increase significantly, from 4.06% to 14.89%.

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ID Code: 89154
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Climate assessment tool, Direct evaporative cooling, Sensitivity study, Design parameters
DOI: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2015.09.020
ISSN: 0378-7788
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Elsevier B.V.
Deposited On: 15 Oct 2015 23:51
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2015 04:24

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