Sustainable cooling research using activated carbon adsorbents and their environmental impact

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  • University of Bath
  • University of Alexandria
  • Middle Technical University
  • University of Wolverhampton


Conventional vapour compression system is one of the most utilized cycles in refrigeration and airconditioning systems, due to its compact size, the relatively low running cost, the high coefficient ofperformance and the wide range of the operating temperatures. Nevertheless, the system suffers fromthe high initial cost and the high-energy consumption. Unlike the vapour compression cycle, adsorptionheat pumps have the advantage of utilizing waste heat reducing the energy consumption and the carbonemissions. Activated carbon is a porous adsorbent material that can be efficiently used in low temperatureadsorption refrigeration systems. This chapter reviews the recent developments in the compact adsorptioncooling systems using activated carbon regarding the enhancement of the material properties, thedesign of the sustainable adsorption systems and their environmental and cost perspectives.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationApplied Environmental Materials Science for Sustainability
Publication statusPublished - 21 Dec 2016