Scheduling of Multiple Chillers in Trigeneration Plants

Underwood, Chris, Ng, Bobo and Yik, Francis (2015) Scheduling of Multiple Chillers in Trigeneration Plants. Energies, 8 (10). pp. 11095-11119. ISSN 1996-1073

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The scheduling of both absorption cycle and vapour compression cycle chillers in trigeneration plants is investigated in this work. Many trigeneration plants use absorption cycle chillers only but there are potential performance advantages to be gained by using a combination of absorption and compression chillers especially in situations where the building electrical demand to be met by the combined heat and power (CHP) plant is variable. Simulation models of both types of chillers are developed together with a simple model of a variable-capacity CHP engine developed by curve-fitting to supplier’s data. The models are linked to form an optimisation problem in which the contribution of both chiller types is determined at a maximum value of operating cost (or carbon emission) saving. Results show that an optimum operating condition arises at moderately high air conditioning demands and moderately low power demand when the air conditioning demand is shared between both chillers, all recovered heat is utilised, and the contribution arising from the compression chiller results in an increase in CHP power generation and, hence, engine efficiency.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: trigeneration; combined heat and power; absorption cycle chiller; centrifugal chiller; modelling; optimisation; plant scheduling
Subjects: H300 Mechanical Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2015 16:12
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 02:33

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