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Thermal performance characterization of a photovoltaic driven domestic refrigerator

Kattakayam, Thomachan A and Srinivasan, K (2000) Thermal performance characterization of a photovoltaic driven domestic refrigerator. In: International Journal of Refrigeration, 23 (3). pp. 190-196.

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This paper presents the cool-down, warm-up and steady state performance of a 100 W AC operated domestic refrigerator powered by a field of photovoltaic panels, a battery bank and an inverter. It is shown that there is no degradation in the performance when a non-sinusoidal waveform AC source is used to operate the refrigerator although it may involve only a slight additional heating of the hermetic compressor. Thermal mapping of the temperatures at various points on the refrigerator is provided for steady state, cool-down, warm-up, periodic opening of the door and ice making. An energy flow diagram is given for a steady state sunny day operation. Major sources of losses are identified.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: International Journal of Refrigeration
Publisher: Elsevier
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier.
Keywords: Household refrigerator;Solar energy;Photovoltaic;Battery bank; Design;Trial;Vaccine
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2006
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:30
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/8016

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