alexa The Use of Formaldehyde as a Refrigerant in Heat Pumps
ISSN: 2090-4541

Journal of Fundamentals of Renewable Energy and Applications
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Research Article

The Use of Formaldehyde as a Refrigerant in Heat Pumps

Anita Kovač Kralj*

University of Maribor, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Smetanova 17, Maribor, Slovenia

Corresponding Author:
Anita Kovač Kralj
University of Maribor
Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Smetanova 17, Maribor, Slovenia
Tel: +441772 201201
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: November 28, 2014; Accepted Date: January 24, 2015; Published Date: February 05, 2015

Citation: Kralj AK (2015) The Use of Formaldehyde as a Refrigerant in Heat Pumps. J Fundam Renewable Energy Appl 5:152. doi:10.4172/20904541.1000152

Copyright: © 2015 Kralj AK. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

 

Abstract

A heating system sometimes needs a low temperature source such as low-pressure steam. The need for lowertemperature heat can be replaced using a heat pump. A heat pump is a machine or device that moves heat from one location to another location mechanically. Refrigerant within a heat pump is used as the working fluid. Different standard refrigerants (such as chlorofluorocarbons, hydro-fluorocarbon isobutene …) are cycled throughout the heat pump’s system. When replacing the standard refrigerant (1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane; R-134a) within the heat pump with formaldehyde under the same compressor power, the efficiency should increase. Heating with low pressure steam can be replaced by a heat pump under optimised compressor power (5 bar) by using formaldehyde as a refrigerant during the existing process. The use of formaldehyde as a refrigerant can enlarge the efficiency of a heat pump’s system by about 80 % during an existing process.

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