18 May 2017
DOAS (dedicated outdoor air system) has drawn much attention recently. However, it is quite energy-intensive resulted from the big temperature and/or humidity difference between the outdoor air and supply air. This paper proposed a new DOAS with exhaust air heat recovery. In cooling mode, there are one evaporator and three condensers in parallel. The outdoor air is cooled and dehumidified by the evaporator. Besides the outdoor condenser, another two are used for supply air reheat and exhaust air heat recovery. In heating mode, the reheat coil is off and two evaporators work for exhaust air heat recovery and ambient heat absorption, respectively. A pressure regulating valve equipped on the indoor evaporator keeps proper evaporating temperature for a frost free operation. A validated model is applied to fulfill the system design and performance prediction. The simulation results showed that the system cooling COP reaches 3.3 at ambient temperature 35?C/28?C and the heating COP achieves 4.8 at ambient temperature 7?C/6?C, respectively. In winter the proposed system can maintain the desired supply temperature and keep both evaporators frost free (ambient temperature -20?C to 10?C). The proposed system can efficiently recover waste energy from exhaust air in the whole year and has the extensive applicability, especially in the cold climate where considerable energy savings can be found.