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Experimental investigation of a portable desalination unit configured by a thermoelectric cooler
- Yıldırım, Cihan, Soylu, Sezgi Koçak, Atmaca, İbrahim, Solmuş, İsmail
- Energy conversion and management 2014 v.85 pp. 140-145
- air flow, dehumidification, desalination, humidification, mass flow, prototypes
- Possible use of a novel portable desalination system was investigated experimentally. The system is based on humidification–dehumidification principle and thermoelectric cooling technique. A thermoelectric cooler was integrated into the system to enhance the process of both humidification and dehumidification. A prototype was fabricated and its performance was tested for various working conditions of the prototype to observe complex relation between psychrometric and thermoelectric phenomena. The effect of feed water mass flow rate and air flow velocity on the COP value of the thermoelectric cooler and clean water production of the system were examined. The maximum daily yield of the system and the COP value of the thermoelectric cooler unit were recorded as 143.6g and 0.78, respectively.