The feasibility of several alternatives to long-haul truck idling are investigated. Battery Powered systems (BPS) where batteries are charged off the alternator is considered. Moreover, BPSs with various battery types are compared to determine which one would have the greatest impact on the fuel consumption and overall performance. In addition, applicability of thermal energy storage (TES) is studied as a means of cooling instead of a standard compressor air conditioner. Fuel cell powered systems (FCS) are investigated to replace batteries as a means of energy storage source on the truck. It is concluded that the most feasible method for truck idling reduction is BPS featuring lithium ion batteries while, BPS with lead-acid batteries is the cheapest solution.
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A Feasibility Study of Auxiliary HVAC Systems for Reducing Idling Time of Long Haul Trucks
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MacDonald, C, Douglas, R, Tamayol, A, & Bahrami, M. "A Feasibility Study of Auxiliary HVAC Systems for Reducing Idling Time of Long Haul Trucks." Proceedings of the ASME 2012 Heat Transfer Summer Conference collocated with the ASME 2012 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting and the ASME 2012 10th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels. Volume 1: Heat Transfer in Energy Systems; Theory and Fundamental Research; Aerospace Heat Transfer; Gas Turbine Heat Transfer; Transport Phenomena in Materials Processing and Manufacturing; Heat and Mass Transfer in Biotechnology; Environmental Heat Transfer; Visualization of Heat Transfer; Education and Future Directions in Heat Transfer. Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, USA. July 8–12, 2012. pp. 323-330. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/HT2012-58353
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