Maxsorb III is the best available microporous activated carbon. The parent Maxsorb III has been modified by pyrolysis in the presence of ammonia carbonate. The adsorption isotherms and kinetics of HFC404A onto the modified Maxsorb III are experimentally measured over 25 °C to 75 °C. Tóth and Dubinin-Astakhov models are utilized to fit the experimentally measured data. The isosteric heat of adsorption is calculated by applying the Clausius-Clapeyron equation. The adsorption kinetics of the modified Maxsorb III/HFC404A are fitted using the linear driving force model and Fickian Diffusion equation. Experimental measurements indicate that the modified Maxsorb III has a maximum uptake of 2.65 kg.kg−1 of HFC404A at 25 °C, which is the highest reached value till today. Additionally, the adsorption cooling system efficacy is evaluated under typical operating conditions using the modified Maxsorb III/HFC404A pair. The modified Maxsorb III/HFC404A could achieve a specific cooling power (SCP) of 747 W per kg of adsorbent along with a coefficient of performance (COP) of 0.40. Compared to the parent Maxsorb III/HFC404A pair, the pyrolyzed Maxsorb III/HFC404A pair provides the SCP and COP by a factor of 2.23 and 1.7, respectively, which are are the current benchmark.
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