Thermal Energy Requirements of Air-Conditioning Systems

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M. E. Lackey

Reactor Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn.

J. Eng. Power 93(2), 172-176 (Apr 01, 1971) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3445548 History: Received July 29, 1970; Online July 14, 2010


The thermal energy requirements for air conditioning by compressive and absorption methods were determined for light-water, thermal-breeder, and fast-breeder reactors. The energy required to produce a ton-hour of refrigeration varied from 5100 Btu to 13,100 Btu by absorption and from 5600 to 8800 Btu by compression. The amount of waste heat dissipated to the environment at the reactor site as a consequence of producing a ton-hour of air conditioning ranged from an increase of 21,000 Btu for the electric-motor-driven refrigeration system to a decrease of 6000 Btu for the absorption refrigeration system.

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