POLYSMART - Polygeneration with Advanced Small and Medium Scale Thermally Driven Air-condition and Refrigeration Technology
The overall project objective is to develop a set of technical solutions for a new market segment of polygeneration, in particular the market for small tri-generation systems (e.g. combined production of electric power, heat and cooling). The key components of these systems include the combined heat and power (CHP) plant along with the distributed thermally driven coolers.
As the demand for comfort cooling has rapidly increased in the EU over the past few years, even in cold climates like Sweden; the district cooling market is expected to expand tremendously in the next decade and beyond. Efforts are being made to enhance thermal plants via absorption technologies in order to utilize low-grade heat.
The role of KTH in this project is to participate in documentation of state-of-the-art, analyse demonstration projects in Sweden and Spain and develop simulation tools based on these results; and to further simulate new process designs and applications. The results obtained from these studies will help to verify the experimental results obtained from demonstration project in Borlänge, Sweden for distributed TDC coupled with district heating and small-scale tri-generation project in Spain.
Concerning heat-driven cooling technologies, the figure illustrates how processes can be integrated to maximize the utilization of low-grade heat.
General concept of Polygeneration
2006-06-12 - 2010-06-11
Universities, industrial partners, absorption manufacturers, consultants and users in Europe (see Participants of PolySMART)
Assoc. Prof. Andrew Martin
Ass. Prof. Viktoria Martin
Prof. (em) Fredrik Setterwall
Source of Funding
European Union (EU)
Absorption chillers, Combined heat, Combined heat and power (CHP), Cooling and power (CHCP), Distributed generation, Polygeneration, Thermally driven absorption cooling