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Absorption Cycle Fundamentals and Applications Guidelines for Distillation Energy Savings

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dc.creator Erickson, D. C. en_US
dc.creator Davidson, W. F. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-04-23T18:07:23Z
dc.date.available 2011-04-23T18:07:23Z
dc.date.issued 1984 en_US
dc.identifier.other ESL-IE-84-04-116 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/94630
dc.description.abstract The absorption cycle offers one of the most economic and widely applicable technologies for waste heat upgrading. It can use off-the-shelf hardware that is available now, at any required capacity rating. Fractional distillations, as a class of applications, embody characteristics that inherently make them economic candidates for absorption cycle heat upgrading. Practical applications to current U.S. distillations could save 30 trillion BTU per year, at payback periods ranging from 1 to 3 years. So, if the absorption cycle is so great, why isn't it more in use? There are three reasons: (1) lack of understanding of the basic principles and operation; (2) lack of guidelines for readily identifying attractive applications, and (3) lack of a commercial U.S. demonstration in the highly cost-effective distillation area. This paper presents absorption cycle fundamentals and applications guidelines, and announces a government-backed search for a site for commercial demonstration of the distillation energy savings. The guidelines provide a new tool for identifying attractive absorption cycle applications. They require only knowledge of process source and sink temperatures, and they show at a glance approximate component characteristics and payback period for the absorption cycle which would serve the application. en_US
dc.publisher Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu) en_US
dc.publisher Texas A&M University (http://www.tamu.edu) en_US
dc.subject Absorption Cyces en_US
dc.subject Waste Heat Upgrading en_US
dc.subject Fractional Distillations en_US
dc.subject Industrial Application en_US
dc.subject Payback Period en_US
dc.title Absorption Cycle Fundamentals and Applications Guidelines for Distillation Energy Savings en_US
dc.contributor.sponsor Energy Concepts Co. en_US

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