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Performance characterizations and thermodynamic analysis of magnesium sulfate-impregnated zeolite 13X and activated alumina composite sorbents for thermal energy storage

Xu, S.Z.; Wang, R.Z.; Wang, L.W.; Zhu, J.

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S.Z. Xu

R.Z. Wang

L.W. Wang



Abstract

The composite sorbents of MgSO4-impregnated zeolite 13X and activated alumina are developed for thermal energy storage (TES) with different temperature ranges. The sorption and desorption characteristics of raw and MgSO4-impregnated activated alumina are studied, and the performances of the selected sorbents are tested in a closed-system TES device. The results are compared with those of raw and MgSO4-impregnated zeolite 13X. It is shown that the impregnated MgSO4 improves the overall TES performances of zeolite 13X and activated alumina. Compared to the raw host matrices, the impregnated MgSO4 remarkably accelerates the temperature-rising rate of zeolite 13X to about three times and improves the temperature lift of activated alumina by 32.5%. The experimental energy storage densities of MgSO4-impregnated zeolite 13X and activated alumina are 123.4?kWh m?3and 82.6?kWh m?3, respectively. The sorption temperature region of activated alumina is more aligned with the preferred hydration temperature of MgSO4 in comparison with zeolite 13X. The hydration characteristics of MgSO4 can resolve the solution leakage issue of open systems. Thermodynamic analysis is conducted to evaluate the performances of the TES device with different sorbents. It is found that entransy can be used to assess thermally and electrically driven TES systems reasonably.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 31, 2018
Online Publication Date Nov 3, 2018
Publication Date Jan 15, 2019
Deposit Date Jan 15, 2019
Publicly Available Date Nov 4, 2019
Journal Energy
Print ISSN 0360-5442
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 167
Pages 889-901
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2018.10.200
Keywords General Energy; Pollution
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1473437
Publisher URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360544218321972?via%3Dihub

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