Hydrate slurry as cold energy storage and distribution medium

Enhancing the performance of refrigeration systems

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The research presented in this thesis focuses on the use of hydrate slurries in the air conditioning and refrigeration areas. Both experimental and mathematical methods have been used. Hydrate slurries have been suggested as promising cold storage materials that can be used in air conditioning systems due to their high latent heat (193 kJ/kg and 387 kJ/kg for the hydrates studied in this thesis) and positive phase change temperature (12.5 °C and 8.0 °C for the hydrates studied in this thesis). However, large scale industrial applications of hydrate slurries are still very limited. This suggests that more research efforts should be devoted to the demonstration of its advantages.