Analysis of a Trigeneration System Through Transient Simulations
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This thesis develops a transient computer model of a trigeneration system using TRNSYS software. This simulation model can accurately reproduce the results from a real world experiment of a trigeneration system conducted over five days. This model is then applied to an entire cooling season to show the primary energy usage of a trigeneration system using an adsorption chiller to meet the cooling load. These results can then be compared to the primary energy usage of a residence with a traditional grid-powered Vapor Compression System (VCS) air conditioner. In order to evaluate the geographic feasibility of this trigeneration system, four different cities were selected for analysis. The chosen cities had various climate conditions to aid in comparison. An analysis was performed on the primary energy usage, environmental impact, and economic cost of the trigeneration system to demonstrate the feasibility and likely implementation of one form of trigeneration technology.