Domestic heating contributes to a significant amount of energy usage in the Netherlands. Due to scare energy resources, attention to develop new and efficient technologies is increasing. At ECN, a burner driven heat pump employing thermoacoustic technology is being developed for possible applications in households and offices. The desired temperature lift is from 10 °C to 80 °C. As a first step the heat pump is driven by a linear motor. Measurements and performance analysis of the heat pump are presented in this paper. The heat pump has a coefficient of performance which is the ratio of heat produced to the work input of 1.38 when operating between 10 °C to 80 °C. The performance relative to maximum possible Carnot value is 26.5%.
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Thermoacoustic-Stirling Heat Pump for Domestic Applications
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Vanapalli, S, Tijani, MEH, & Spoelstra, S. "Thermoacoustic-Stirling Heat Pump for Domestic Applications." Proceedings of the ASME 2010 3rd Joint US-European Fluids Engineering Summer Meeting collocated with 8th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels. ASME 2010 3rd Joint US-European Fluids Engineering Summer Meeting: Volume 2, Fora. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. August 1–5, 2010. pp. 111-116. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/FEDSM-ICNMM2010-31150
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