Recent updates on the adsorption capacities of adsorbent-adsorbate pairs for heat transformation applications

Faizan Shabir, Muhammad Sultan, Takahiko Miyazaki, Bidyut B. Saha, Ahmed Askalany, Imran Ali, Yuguang Zhou, Riaz Ahmad, Redmond R. Shamshiri

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Adsorption cooling is getting huge attention from last few years due to environment-friendly and thermally-driven technology. Many systems designs based on various adsorbent-adsorbate pairs are investigated worldwide to develop a cost-effective and high-performance system. Until now, performance of the systems is lower as compared to conventional compressor-based systems. Performance of the adsorption systems mainly depends on adsorption equilibrium, adsorption kinetics, isosteric heat of adsorption, and thermo-physical/chemical properties of assorted adsorbent-refrigerant pairs. Thereby, the present study aims to review and compare the physical properties (surface area, pore volume/size etc.) of adsorbents and adsorption equilibrium (adsorption isotherm) by various types of adsorbent-adsorbate pairs available in the literature. Amount of adsorbate adsorbed per unit mass of adsorbent has been critically reviewed and compared accordingly. Highest adsorption uptake was attributed in case of R-32 adsorption onto phenol resin-based activated carbon i.e. 2.23 kg/kg (excess adsorption) and 2.34 kg/kg (absolute adsorption) at 30 °C and 1670 kPa. Activated carbon of type Maxsorb-III being highly microporous possesses high surface area and shows good adsorption uptakes for most of the adsorbates including ethanol, methanol R-134a, CO2, R-507A and n-butane. In addition, fundamentals, principle and features of adsorption cooling systems are discussed. Adsorption equilibrium models used to express the adsorption mechanics of adsorbent-adsorbate pairs are explored, and the models’ parameters are collectively listed and discussed. The review is useful to prioritize available adsorbent-adsorbate pairs for adsorption based heat transformation applications. The study is useful for researchers working for the development of adsorbent materials for various applications and conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number109630
JournalRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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