International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol.32, No.15, 3174-3182, 2007
Simulation of an air conditioning absorption refrigeration system in a co-generation process combining a proton exchange membrane fuel cell
In this work, a computer simulation program was developed to determine the optimum operating conditions of an air conditioning system during the co-generation process. A 1 kW PEMFC was considered in this study with a chemical/electrical theoretical efficiency of 40% and a thermal efficiency of 30% applying an electrical load of 100%. A refrigeration-absorption cycle (RAC) operating with monomethylamine-water solutions (MMA-WS), with low vapor generation temperatures (up to 80 degrees C) is proposed in this work. The computer simulation was based on the refrigeration production capacity at the maximum power capacity of the PEMFC. Heat losses between the fuel cell and the absorption air conditioning system at standard operating conditions were considered to be negligible. The results showed the feasibility of using PEMFC for cooling, increasing the total efficiency of the fuel cell system. (C) 2007 International Association for Hydrogen Energy. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.