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Title: Investigation of a novel thermoelectric radiant air-conditioning system
Authors: Shen, L
Xiao, F 
Chen, H
Wang, S 
Keywords: Cooling and heating modes
Cooling and heating performances
Feasibility
Thermoelectric modules
Thermoelectric radiant air-conditioning (TE-RAC) system
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: Energy and buildings, 2013, v. 59, p. 123-132 How to cite?
Journal: Energy and buildings 
Abstract: This paper presents a novel thermoelectric radiant air-conditioning (TE-RAC) system, which employs the thermoelectric modules as radiant panels instead of conventional hydronic panels. The novel radiant system brings a lot of benefits including Freon free, convenient installation, no complex water distribution pipes, quiet and reliable operation, etc. Switching between cooling and heating modes can be easily achieved by reversing the input current. The purpose of this study is to investigate the feasibility and performance of the novel TE-RAC system, including its cooling and heating performances, condensation risk, dynamic thermal response and inertia, and cost-effectiveness. A case study of the TE-RAC system is presented to compare the TE-RAC system with conventional air-conditioning (AC) systems and radiant air-conditioning (RAC) systems in terms of cooling and heating capacities, energy consumption and operation reliability. It is found that the COP of the TE-RAC system could be comparable to conventional RAC systems and AC systems, besides many other benefits in life-cycle performances.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/18433
ISSN: 0378-7788
EISSN: 1872-6178
DOI: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2012.12.041
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