Cyclic steam generation from a novel zeolite-water adsorption heat pump using low-grade waste heat

Bing Xue, Yoshiho Iwama, Yuuki Tanaka, Kazuya Nakashima, Agung T. Wijayanta, Koichi Nakaso, Jun Fukai

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Cyclic steam generation experiments from a novel zeolite-water adsorption heat pump were carried out to demonstrate the feasibility of recycling hot water and low-grade waste gas. A direct heat exchange approach was introduced to enhance heat transfer and decrease system size. The experimental steam generation rate per unit mass of zeolite is 2.44×10-5 (kg-steam/kg-zeolite)/s at regeneration for 1200s, which is 10% larger than that for 3600s. A one-dimensional model describing transport phenomena during regeneration was developed to estimate temperature distributions and local water content in zeolite at the end of regeneration. Based on the numerical results, the mass of steam generated in the subsequent process was calculated. Then, the cyclic steam generation rate can be estimated. Calculated results on steam generation rate agree with the two sets of experimental data. The calculation reveals a maximum in the steam generation rate with the change in regeneration time. Predictions also show the possibility of high-pressure steam generation from this system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-63
Number of pages10
JournalExperimental Thermal and Fluid Science
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Direct heat exchange
  • Heat pump cycle
  • Low-grade waste heat
  • Steam generation
  • Zeolite-water

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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