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Cold storage condensation heat recovery system with a novel composite phase change material (2016)
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Xia, M., Yuan, Y., Zhao, X., Cao, X., & Tang, Z. (2016). Cold storage condensation heat recovery system with a novel composite phase change material. Applied energy, 175, 259-268. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2016.05.001

© 2016 Elsevier Ltd. Using condensation heat from cold storage refrigeration systems to provide heat for domestic hot water preparation and industrial hot water supply promotes energy conservation. However, few studies have investigated cold storage... Read More about Cold storage condensation heat recovery system with a novel composite phase change material.

Experimental study of a counter-flow regenerative evaporative cooler (2016)
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Zhao, X., Dong, X., Duan, Z., & Zhan, C. (2016). Experimental study of a counter-flow regenerative evaporative cooler. Building and Environment, 104, 47-58. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2016.04.029

This paper aims to investigate the operational performance and impact factors of a counter-flow regenerative evaporative cooler (REC). This was undertaken through a dedicated experimental process. Temperature, humidity and flow rate of the air flows... Read More about Experimental study of a counter-flow regenerative evaporative cooler.

Numerical investigation of the energy performance of a guideless irregular heat and mass exchanger with corrugated heat transfer surface for dew point cooling (2016)
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Diallo, T. M. O., Fancey, K., Ma, X., Xu, P., Zhao, X., Chen, H., & Li, D. (2016). Numerical investigation of the energy performance of a guideless irregular heat and mass exchanger with corrugated heat transfer surface for dew point cooling. Energy, 109, 803-817. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2016.05.062

© 2016 The Author(s) The paper presents an investigation into the energy performance of a novel irregular heat and mass exchanger for dew point cooling which, compared to the existing flat-plate heat exchangers, removed the use of the channel support... Read More about Numerical investigation of the energy performance of a guideless irregular heat and mass exchanger with corrugated heat transfer surface for dew point cooling.

Experimental investigation of the performance of the novel HP-BIPV/T system for use in residential buildings (2016)
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Zhao, X., Wang, Z., Wang, Z., Yang, W., & Zhang, J. (2016). Experimental investigation of the performance of the novel HP-BIPV/T system for use in residential buildings. Energy and Buildings, 130, 295-308. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2016.08.060

In this paper, the novel heat pipe building integrated photovoltaic/thermal system (HP-BIPV/T), designed for use in residential buildings in China, has been proposed with the composite of metal wires and phase change material (PCM) filling into the s... Read More about Experimental investigation of the performance of the novel HP-BIPV/T system for use in residential buildings.

Conceptual development of a novel photovoltaic-thermoelectric system and preliminary economic analysis (2016)
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Li, G., Zhao, X., & Ji, J. (2016). Conceptual development of a novel photovoltaic-thermoelectric system and preliminary economic analysis. Energy Conversion and Management, 126, 935-943. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enconman.2016.08.074

© 2016 Elsevier Ltd Photovoltaic-thermoelectric (PV-TE) hybrid system is one typical electrical production based on the solar wide-band spectral absorption. However the PV-TE system appears to be economically unfeasible owing to the significantly hig... Read More about Conceptual development of a novel photovoltaic-thermoelectric system and preliminary economic analysis.

Experimental investigation of a solar driven direct-expansion heat pump system employing the novel PV/micro-channels-evaporator modules (2016)
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Qiu, Z., Ma, X., Zhao, X., Zhou, J., Du, Z., Ji, J., & Yu, M. (2016). Experimental investigation of a solar driven direct-expansion heat pump system employing the novel PV/micro-channels-evaporator modules. Applied energy, 178, 484-495. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2016.06.063

© 2016 Elsevier Ltd This paper aims to investigate a solar driven direct-expansion heat pump system employing the novel PV/micro-channels-evaporator modules, in terms of its solar thermal, electrical and overall efficiency, as well as coefficient of... Read More about Experimental investigation of a solar driven direct-expansion heat pump system employing the novel PV/micro-channels-evaporator modules.

Experimental investigation of the thermal and electrical performance of the heat pipe BIPV/T system with metal wires (2016)
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Wang, Z., Qiu, F., Yang, W., Zhao, X., & Mei, S. (2016). Experimental investigation of the thermal and electrical performance of the heat pipe BIPV/T system with metal wires. Applied energy, 170, 314-323. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2016.02.140

© 2016 Elsevier Ltd. Heat pipe building integrated photovoltaic/thermal system (heat pipe BIPV/T system) can produce both the electrical and thermal energies at the same time, which have been paid enormous attentions since the energy crisis in the 19... Read More about Experimental investigation of the thermal and electrical performance of the heat pipe BIPV/T system with metal wires.

Experimental investigation of the energy performance of a novel Micro-encapsulated Phase Change Material (MPCM) slurry based PV/T system (2016)
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Qiu, Z., Ma, X., Zhao, X., Li, P., & Ali, S. (2016). Experimental investigation of the energy performance of a novel Micro-encapsulated Phase Change Material (MPCM) slurry based PV/T system. Applied energy, 165, 260-271. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2015.11.053

© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. As a follow-on work of the authors' theoretical study, the paper presented an experimental investigation into the energy performance of a novel PV/T thermal and power system employing the Micro-encapsulated Phase Change Material... Read More about Experimental investigation of the energy performance of a novel Micro-encapsulated Phase Change Material (MPCM) slurry based PV/T system.

Micro-encapsulated phase change material (MPCM) slurries: characterization and building applications (2017)
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Qiu, Z., Ma, X., Li, P., Zhao, X., & Wright, A. (2017). Micro-encapsulated phase change material (MPCM) slurries: characterization and building applications. Renewable & sustainable energy reviews, 77, 246-262. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2017.04.001

© 2017 Micro-encapsulated Phase Change Material (MPCM) slurries, acting as the heat transfer fluids or thermal storage mediums, have gained applications in various building thermal energy systems, significantly enhancing their energy efficiency and o... Read More about Micro-encapsulated phase change material (MPCM) slurries: characterization and building applications.

Energy saving potential of a counter-flow regenerative evaporative cooler for various climates of China: Experiment-based evaluation (2017)
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Duan, Z., Zhao, X., Zhan, C., Dong, X., & Chen, H. (2017). Energy saving potential of a counter-flow regenerative evaporative cooler for various climates of China: Experiment-based evaluation. Energy and Buildings, 148, 199-210. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2017.04.012

© 2017 Recently there has been growing interest in regenerative evaporative coolers (REC), which can reduce the temperature of the supply air to below the wet-bulb of intake air and approach its dew-point. In this paper, we designed, fabricated and e... Read More about Energy saving potential of a counter-flow regenerative evaporative cooler for various climates of China: Experiment-based evaluation.

Experimental investigation on performance of fabrics for indirect evaporative cooling applications (2016)
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Xu, P., Ma, X., Zhao, X., & Fancey, K. S. (2016). Experimental investigation on performance of fabrics for indirect evaporative cooling applications. Building and Environment, 110, 104-114. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2016.10.003

© 2016 Indirect evaporative cooling, by using water evaporation to absorb heat to lower the air temperature without adding moisture, is an extremely low energy and environmentally friendly cooling principle. The properties of the wet channel surface... Read More about Experimental investigation on performance of fabrics for indirect evaporative cooling applications.

Experimental investigation of a super performance dew point air cooler (2017)
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Xu, P., Ma, X., Zhao, X., & Fancey, K. (2017). Experimental investigation of a super performance dew point air cooler. Applied energy, 203, 761-777. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2017.06.095

This paper presents an experimental investigation of a super performance dew point air cooler which, by employing a super performance wet material layer, innovative heat and mass exchanger and intermittent water supply scheme, has achieved a signific... Read More about Experimental investigation of a super performance dew point air cooler.

Investigation of the energy performance of a novel modular solar building envelope (2017)
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Ren, G., Zhao, X., Zhan, C., Jin, H., & Zhou, A. (2017). Investigation of the energy performance of a novel modular solar building envelope. Energies, 10(12), 880. https://doi.org/10.3390/en10070880

The major challenges for the integration of solar collecting devices into a building envelope are related to the poor aesthetic view of the appearance of buildings in addition to the low efficiency in collection, transportation, and utilization of th... Read More about Investigation of the energy performance of a novel modular solar building envelope.

Numerical investigation of the energy performance of an Opaque Ventilated Façade system employing a smart modular heat recovery unit and a latent heat thermal energy system (2017)
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Diallo, T., Zhao, X., Dugué, A., Bonnamy, P., Miguel, F., Martinez, A., Theodosiou, T., Liu, J.-S., & Brown, N. (2017). Numerical investigation of the energy performance of an Opaque Ventilated Façade system employing a smart modular heat recovery unit and a latent heat thermal energy system. Applied energy, 205, 130-152. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2017.07.042

The building sector is responsible for more than 40% of the EU’s total energy consumption. To reduce the energy consumption in buildings and to achieve the EU’s fossil fuel saving targets for 2020 and beyond 2050, the energy efficient retrofitting st... Read More about Numerical investigation of the energy performance of an Opaque Ventilated Façade system employing a smart modular heat recovery unit and a latent heat thermal energy system.

Design, fabrication and performance evaluation of a compact regenerative evaporative cooler: towards low energy cooling for buildings (2017)
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Duan, Z., Zhao, X., & Li, J. (2017). Design, fabrication and performance evaluation of a compact regenerative evaporative cooler: towards low energy cooling for buildings. Energy, 140(1), 506-519. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2017.08.110

© 2017 Elsevier Ltd The urges of reducing energy use and carbon footprint in buildings have prompted the developments of regenerative evaporative coolers (RECs). However, the physical dimensions of RECs have to be designed enormous in order to delive... Read More about Design, fabrication and performance evaluation of a compact regenerative evaporative cooler: towards low energy cooling for buildings.

Performance study of a novel solar solid dehumidification/regeneration bed for use in buildings air conditioning systems (2017)
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Yang, W., Wang, W., Ding, Z., Wang, Z., Zhao, X., & He, S. (2017). Performance study of a novel solar solid dehumidification/regeneration bed for use in buildings air conditioning systems. Energies, 10(9), 1335. https://doi.org/10.3390/en10091335

In this paper, a novel solar solid dehumidification/regeneration bed has been proposed, and its three regeneration methods, i.e., simulated solar radiation regeneration, microwave regeneration, and combined regeneration of the microwave and simulated... Read More about Performance study of a novel solar solid dehumidification/regeneration bed for use in buildings air conditioning systems.

Analytical investigation of the heat-transfer limits of a novel solar loop-heat pipe employing a mini-channel evaporator (2018)
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Diallo, T. M., Yu, M., Zhou, J., Zhao, X., Ji, J., & Hardy, D. (2018). Analytical investigation of the heat-transfer limits of a novel solar loop-heat pipe employing a mini-channel evaporator. Energies, 11(1), Article 148. https://doi.org/10.3390/en11010148

© 2018 by the authors. This paper presents an analytical investigation of heat-transfer limits of a novel solar loop-heat pipe developed for space heating and domestic hot water use. In the loop-heat pipe, the condensate liquid returns to the evapora... Read More about Analytical investigation of the heat-transfer limits of a novel solar loop-heat pipe employing a mini-channel evaporator.

Clear-days operational performance of a hybrid experimental space heating system employing the novel mini-channel solar thermal & PV/T panels and a heat pump (2017)
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Zhou, J., Zhao, X., Ma, X., Du, Z., Fan, Y., Cheng, Y., & Zhang, X. (2017). Clear-days operational performance of a hybrid experimental space heating system employing the novel mini-channel solar thermal & PV/T panels and a heat pump. Solar Energy, 155, 464-477. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.solener.2017.06.056

The paper investigated a hybrid experimental space heating system that comprises the novel mini-channel solar thermal and PV/T panels, as well as a heat pump. The major advantage of the system lies in the multiple functions of providing energy for sp... Read More about Clear-days operational performance of a hybrid experimental space heating system employing the novel mini-channel solar thermal & PV/T panels and a heat pump.

Inconsistent phenomenon of thermoelectric load resistance for photovoltaic–thermoelectric module (2018)
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Li, G., Zhou, K., Song, Z., Zhao, X., & Ji, J. (2018). Inconsistent phenomenon of thermoelectric load resistance for photovoltaic–thermoelectric module. Energy Conversion and Management, 161, 155-161. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enconman.2018.01.079

Combing PV with Thermoelectric (TE) would be dominant because it can employ the solar fully spectrum to produce electricity. But the TE efficiency is significantly lower than PV efficiency and the coupling effect between them will limit the performan... Read More about Inconsistent phenomenon of thermoelectric load resistance for photovoltaic–thermoelectric module.

Numerical study of a regenerative counter flow evaporative cooler using alumina nanoparticles in wet channel (2018)
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Sheikh, N. A., Tariq, R., Zhan, C., Zhao, X., & Sheikh, N. A. (2018). Numerical study of a regenerative counter flow evaporative cooler using alumina nanoparticles in wet channel. Energy and Buildings, 169, 430-443. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2018.03.086

The use of Maisotsenko Cycle (M-Cycle) has enhanced the domain of evaporative cooling technologies to sub-wet bulb temperature cooling while ensuring moisture control. Several studies have demonstrated the use of cross-flow heat & mass exchanger (HMX... Read More about Numerical study of a regenerative counter flow evaporative cooler using alumina nanoparticles in wet channel.