A hybrid resorption-compression heat transformer for energy storage and upgrade with a large temperature lift

L. Jiang*, R. Q. Wang, X. Tao, A. P. Roskilly

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Heat transformers reveal significant potential for primary energy savings in domestic and industrial processes, which can use different heat sources as driving force to provide the heat or cooling. In this paper, a hybrid resorption-compression heat transformer is presented, which aims to upgrade the heat source e.g. industrial waste heat or solar energy with a large temperature lift. Performance of hybrid heat transformer is also compared with that of multi-stage sorption type. Results indicate that with heat source temperatures ranging from 40 °C to 90 °C, energy and exergy efficiencies of hybrid heat transformer decrease from 0.429 to 0.403 and from 0.8 to 0.64, respectively. Energy efficiency of hybrid type is a bit lower than that of basic resorption transformer but almost double higher than that of multi-stage cycle. For different operating parameters, mass ratio and global conversion rate have larger influences on thermal performance than isentropic efficiency of compressor. Also hybrid resorption-compression heat transformer is prospective for domestic heat application through the integration with solar photovoltaic thermal collector. When heat output temperature ranges from 50 °C to 70 °C, it could ensure that the heat density is higher than 1000 kJ·kgam−1 with an energy storage function.

Original languageEnglish
Article number115910
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalApplied Energy
Early online date1 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2020

Bibliographical note

This research was supported by European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program under grant number (895767) and National Natural Science Foundation of China under contract number (51606118). Also we would like to thank the comments of Prof. Carlos Infante Ferreira from TU Delft to improve the paper quality and conceptualization of Dr. Michel van der Pal from ECN.

CRediT authorship contribution statement
L. Jiang: Conceptualization, Data curation, Formal analysis, Funding acquisition, Investigation, Software, Project administration. : . R.Q. Wang: Conceptualization, Investigation, Methodology. X. Tao: . A.P. Roskilly: Software, Supervision.


  • Compression
  • Heat transformer
  • Resorption
  • Solar energy


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