Battelle, Pacific Northwest Division (Battelle) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory1 (PNNL) are developing a miniature absorption heat pump. Targeted applications include microclimate control ranging from manportable cooling to distributed space conditioning. The miniature absorption heat pump will be sized to provide 350 Wt of cooling2. A complete manportable cooling system, which will include the microscale heat pump, an air-cooled heat exchanger, batteries, and fuel, is estimated to weigh between 4 and 5 kg. For comparison, alternative systems weigh about 10 kg. Size and weight reductions in the microscale heat pump are possible because the device can take advantage of the high heat and mass transfer rates attainable in microscale structures.

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