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Journal of Energy in Southern Africa

On-line version ISSN 2413-3051
Print version ISSN 1021-447X

J. energy South. Afr. vol.19 n.4 Cape Town  2008


A car air-conditioning system based on an absorption refrigeration cycle using energy from exhaust gas of an internal combustion engine



G Vicatos; J Gryzagoridis; S Wang

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Cape Town




Energy from the exhaust gas of an internal combustion engine is used to power an absorption refrigeration system to air-condition an ordinary passenger car. The theoretical design is verified by a unit that is tested under both laboratory and road-test conditions. For the latter, the unit is installed in a Nissan 1400 truck and the results indicate a successful prototype and encouraging prospects for future development.

Keywords: car air-conditioning, absorption refrigeration, renewable energy



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Received 7 March 2008
Revised 2 September 2008

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