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Can whole building energy models outperform numerical models, when forecasting performance of indirect evaporative cooling systems? (2020)
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Badiei, A., Akhlaghi, Y., Zhao, X., Li, J., Yi, F., & Wang, Z. (2020). Can whole building energy models outperform numerical models, when forecasting performance of indirect evaporative cooling systems?. Energy Conversion and Management, 213, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enconman.2020.112886

This paper presents a whole building energy modelling work incorporating a state-of-the-art indirect evaporative cooling system. The model is calibrated and validated with real-life empirical data, and is capable of representing actual performance of... Read More about Can whole building energy models outperform numerical models, when forecasting performance of indirect evaporative cooling systems?.

Comprehensive study and optimization of concentrated photovoltaic-thermoelectric considering all contact resistances (2020)
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Shittu, S., Li, G., Zhao, X., Ma, X., Akhlaghi, Y. G., & Fan, Y. (2020). Comprehensive study and optimization of concentrated photovoltaic-thermoelectric considering all contact resistances. Energy Conversion and Management, 205, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enconman.2019.112422

© 2019 Elsevier Ltd A consequence of the integration of photovoltaic module and thermoelectric generator is the presence of thermal contact, which affects the heat transfer in the hybrid system. Thermal and electrical contact are inevitable in a ther... Read More about Comprehensive study and optimization of concentrated photovoltaic-thermoelectric considering all contact resistances.

Operational performance of a novel fast-responsive heat storage/exchanging unit (HSEU) for solar heating systems (2019)
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Fan, Y., Zhao, X., Li, J., Cheng, Y., Zhou, J., Yu, M., …Myers, S. (2019). Operational performance of a novel fast-responsive heat storage/exchanging unit (HSEU) for solar heating systems. Renewable energy, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2019.11.007

In order for a solar heating system to provide heat immediately after sunrise, a fast response is needed to the heat demand of a serviced space. The majority of existing solar heating systems have a slow response time due to the large volume of water... Read More about Operational performance of a novel fast-responsive heat storage/exchanging unit (HSEU) for solar heating systems.

Experimental and analytic study of a hybrid solar/biomass rural heating system (2019)
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Zhang, X., Yang, J., Fan, Y., Zhao, X., Yan, R., Zhao, J., & Myers, S. (2019). Experimental and analytic study of a hybrid solar/biomass rural heating system. Energy, 116392. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2019.116392

© 2019 Elsevier Ltd This paper presents a dedicated analytic and experimental study of a hybrid solar/biomass space heating system incorporating a micro-channel solar thermal panels-array, a biomass boiler and a dedicated control algorithm. This syst... Read More about Experimental and analytic study of a hybrid solar/biomass rural heating system.