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    Research on Operation of Electrothermal Integrated Energy System Including Heat Pump and Thermal Storage Units Based on Capacity Planning

    Taihong Liu1, Dingchen Wu2,*, Fei Xu3, Panpan Song2, Mingshan Wei2, Jian Wu1, Xiaochun Bai1

    Energy Engineering, Vol.118, No.3, pp. 535-548, 2021, DOI:10.32604/EE.2021.014326

    Abstract In view of the Three North areas existing wind power absorption and environment pollution problems, the previous scholars have improved the wind abandon problem by adding electrothermal coupling equipment or optimizing power grid operation. In this paper, an electrothermal integrated energy system including heat pump and thermal storage units was proposed. The scheduling model was based on the load data and the output characteristics of power units, each power unit capacity was programmed without constraints, and the proposed scheduling model was compared with the traditional combined heat and power scheduling model. Results showed that the investment and pollutant discharge of… More >

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    The Non-Linear Effect of China’s Energy Consumption on Eco-Environment Pollution

    Chunhua Jin, Hanqing Hu*

    Energy Engineering, Vol.118, No.3, pp. 655-665, 2021, DOI:10.32604/EE.2021.014281

    Abstract With the increase of total energy consumption, eco-environmental quality drops sharply, which has attracted concerns from all circles. It has become the top priority of construction of socialist ecological civilization to clarify the influences of energy consumption on the level of eco-environmental pollution. Ecological environmental pollution control cannot be one size fits all. It can avoid resource depletion and environmental deterioration via adjusting measures to local conditions to coordinate ecological environmental pollution and energy consumption problems. In this essay, entropy method is adopted to measure the composite indexes of eco-environmental pollution of 30 provinces and cities in China, based on… More >

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    Scavenging Effects of Kaolin on Fine Ash Formation during Zhundong Coal Combustion

    Fangqi Liu1, Xianpeng Zeng1,2, Yimin Xia1, Zihao Wang1, Dunxi Yu1,*

    Energy Engineering, Vol.118, No.3, pp. 459-471, 2021, DOI:10.32604/EE.2021.014240

    Abstract The previous work found that the additive kaolin could scavenge not only sodium (Na) but also calcium (Ca) and magnesium (Mg), which is the important ash fluxing agents in low rank coal combustion. Such scavenging effects of kaolin on fine ash formation were studied in the present work. A typical Zhundong coal and its blends with kaolin at dosages of 1, 2 and 4 wt% were combusted in an electrically heated drop tube furnace (DTF) at 1300°C. The fine ashes generated were collected and size segregated by a low pressure impactor (LPI). The morphology and chemical composition of fine ash… More >

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    Transient Free Convection and Heat Transfer in a Partitioned Attic-Shaped Space under Diurnal Thermal Forcing

    Suvash C. Saha1,*, Ali M. Sefidan2, Atta Sojoudi3, Mohammad M. Molla4

    Energy Engineering, Vol.118, No.3, pp. 487-506, 2021, DOI:10.32604/EE.2021.014088

    Abstract One primordial consideration in residential ventilation standards is the comfort of provided to people living in those habitations. This is highly dependent on the thermal and fluid flow conditions, the space geometry and so on. Efficient designs may reduce the energy usage, making the buildings more sustainable over a longer period of time. This study aims to investigate the impact of whole day thermal conditions on the fluid flow structure and heat transfer phenomena, mainly natural convection, inside a partitioned attic-shaped configuration. The Finite Volume Method is applied to solve the governing equations. Sinusoidal thermal boundary condition is applied on… More >

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    Optimum Calculation of Coal Pillars in Inclined Weathered Oxidation Zone

    Yingbo Zhang1, Shi Chen1,2,*

    Energy Engineering, Vol.118, No.3, pp. 707-714, 2021, DOI:10.32604/EE.2021.013888

    Abstract In the mining process of coal mine, waterproof coal pillars should be set between the weathered oxidation zone and the first mining face. In order to determine the reasonable upper limit of the first mining face of Hongyi Coal Mine, the waterproof coal pillar needs to be wide enough to resist the lateral hydrostatic pressure of the oxidation zone, and to ensure that the top plate aquifer does not run through the water guide crack zone, while also liberating as much stagnant coal as possible. In this paper, the first coal mine face’s waterproof coal pillar was calculated using conventional… More >

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    Industrial and Small-Scale Biomass Dryers: An Overview

    P. Murugan1, S. Dhanushkodi2,*, K. Sudhakar3,4,*, Vincent H. Wilson5

    Energy Engineering, Vol.118, No.3, pp. 435-446, 2021, DOI:10.32604/EE.2021.013491

    Abstract The quality of the drying process depends mainly on the efficient use of thermal energy. Sustainable systems based on solar energy takes a leading role in the drying of agro-products because of low operating cost. However, they are limited in use during off–sun periods. Biomass dryer is one of the simplest ways of drying because of its potential to dry products regardless of time and climate conditions. The other benefit is that crop residues could be used as fuel in these systems. However, the major limitation of the dryer is unequal drying because of poor airflow distribution in the drying… More >

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    Cloud Based Monitoring and Diagnosis of Gas Turbine Generator Based on Unsupervised Learning

    Xian Ma1, Tingyan Lv2,*, Yingqiang Jin2, Rongmin Chen2, Dengxian Dong2, Yingtao Jia2

    Energy Engineering, Vol.118, No.3, pp. 691-705, 2021, DOI:10.32604/EE.2021.012701

    Abstract The large number of gas turbines in large power companies is difficult to manage. A large amount of the data from the generating units is not mined and utilized for fault analysis. This study focuses on F-class (9F.05) gas turbine generators and uses unsupervised learning and cloud computing technologies to analyse the faults for the gas turbines. Remote monitoring of the operational status are conducted. The study proposes a cloud computing service architecture for large gas turbine objects, which uses unsupervised learning models to monitor the operational state of the gas turbine. Faults such as chamber seal failure, load abnormality… More >

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    A Novel Single Switch High Gain DC-DC Converter Topology for Renewable Energy Systems

    G. Indira Kishore1, M. Premkumar1,*, Ramesh Kumar Tripathi2, Chandra Sekhar Nalamati2

    Energy Engineering, Vol.118, No.2, pp. 199-209, 2021, DOI:10.32604/EE.2021.014079

    Abstract Renewable energy with sources such as photovoltaic (PV) or fuel cells can be utilized for the generation of electrical power. But these sources generate fewer voltage values and therefore require high gain converters to match with DC bus voltage in microgrids. These high gain converters can be implemented with switched capacitors to meet the required DC bus voltage. Switched capacitors operate in a series and parallel combination during switching operation and produce high static gain, limits reverse voltage that appears across the components. A novel converter is proposed that satisfies all the features such as high voltage gain, only one… More >

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    An Analysis of the Operation Mechanism of Chemical Industry Park Ecosystem Based on Theory of Ecological Organization

    Bilin Xu, Mei Han*

    Energy Engineering, Vol.118, No.2, pp. 323-339, 2021, DOI:10.32604/EE.2021.013384

    Abstract Based on the theory of ecological organization, this paper analyzes the operation mechanism of chemical industry park (CIP) ecosystem by means of dynamic simulation. The research shows that the CIP ecosystem is a complex ecological system whose operation mechanism includes two levels, namely individual enterprises and ecosystem. At the level of individual enterprise, there are competition, symbiosis, invasion and other interactions between enterprises in the CIP ecosystem. Through the pre-determined judgment of the competition effect coefficient and the symbiosis effect coefficient, we calculate how the enterprises influence each other, and then generate their respective operation paths, and finally realize the… More >

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    Performance Assessment of Heat Exchangers for Process Heat Integration

    Fenwicks Shombe Musonye1,*, Hiram Ndiritu2, Robert Kinyua3

    Energy Engineering, Vol.118, No.2, pp. 211-224, 2021, DOI:10.32604/EE.2021.013890

    Abstract Pinch Analysis is an attractive solution for reduction of thermal energy costs in thermo-chemical industries. In this approach, maximum internally recoverable heat is determined and a heat exchange network is designed to meet the recovery targets. The thermal performance of a heat exchanger over its lifetime is however a concern to industries. Thermal performance of a heat exchanger is affected by many factors which include the physical properties of the shell and tube materials, and the chemical properties of the heat transfer fluid. In this study, thermal performance of shell and tube heat exchangers designed to meet heat recovery targets… More >

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