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Dr. Xiaolin Wang

School of Engineering, College of Science and Engineering, University of Tasmania, Australia


Talk Title
A Novel Thermally Driven Air-conditioning System – Integrated Adsorption and Absorption System

Talk Abstract

Low grade thermal energy has received significant research attention in scientific communities due to energy crisis and environmental impact such as global warming. This paper proposed a novel integrated adsorption-absorption system to effectively convert low grade thermal energy (e.g. solar energy, low temperature waste thermal energy or geothermal energy) into useful cooling. The working pricinple and advance of the proposed system is first illustrated using a Dühring diagram. Then a mathematical model is developed to investigate thermal and inherent characteristics of the adsorption and absorption phenomena in the system. The system performance is studied using the mathematical model and compared with the conventional adsorption and absorption chiller system under different working conditions. The effect of key operating parameters such as cooling water temperature, cooling water flow rate, heat source temperature and hot water flow rate on the performance of the proposed system is further evaluated. The results revealed that the proposed system could provide much higher thermal energy conversion efficiency at low heat source temperatures. Its performance would not be significantly affected by the heat source temperature, which often happened in the conventional adsorption and absorption system. This technology opened a new research direction for thermal energy conversion and utilization.

Short Biography

Associate Professor Xiaolin Wang received his Ph.D. degree from the Xi’an Jiaotong University in China in 1999. He is currently working as an Associate Professor and Head of Discipline, Engineering at the School of Engineering, University of Tasmania. He enjoys a strong record in research fields including application & utilization of renewable energy, cooling and power engineering, desalination and energy storage. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and a member of World Society of Sustainable Energy Technologies. He won the 2005 Ludwig Mond Prize by Institute of Mechanical Engineers, United Kingdom, which is awarded for the best contribution or contributions made during the previous year to the progress of mechanical engineering of interest to the chemical industry. He also won 2009 Australia China Young Scientist Exchange Program Award, 2016 Australia Japan Emerging Research Leader Program Award, 2016 UTAS Dean’s award for outstanding research. He is Associate Editor of the Australian Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Editorial member of Review of Applied Physics, Int. J. of Mech. Sys. Eng., Heliyon, and Reviewer for funding agency such as Australian Research Council, and Journals such as Applied Energy, Applied Thermal Engineering, Solar Energy, Energy, International Journal of Thermal Science. He has published more than 120 high quality journal and conference papers. His publications have received more than 1300 citations leading to a H-index of 19. He holds five international patents and two papents have been licensed to industry. He has completed many research projects with a total value more than $4.5 million.

Talk Keywords
Energy conversion, adsorption, absorption, low grade thermal energy.
Target Audience
Researchers including research students, posdoctroal fellows, lecturers and professors in the field of energy conversion and storage, power engineering, and industrial engineers in the field of energy and thermal engineering.
Speaker-intro video

The International Conference on Innovative Applied Energy (IAPE’18)