Experimental study on the performance of energy recovery system in tropical climate
Liu, Edmund Jin Hao
Date of Issue2017-05-15
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Global warming has caused dramatic climate change. The main contributor to global warming is the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, which is a by-product of burning fossil fuels during energy production. The increase in the number of buildings with the growth of the human population results in the increase in energy required to power these buildings. High-energy consumption rate in buildings are attributed to the building’s Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) systems, used to regulate the building’s indoor environment and can consume half of the building’s overall consumption. Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV) systems make use of exhaust air to precondition the air entering the HVAC, thus reducing the required load of the HVAC system. The purpose of this project is to create a model to simulate the effectiveness of an ERV system in tropical climates such as Singapore’s. The model will identify the potential monetary and energy savings for building owners if an ERV system is installed. The project results show that an ERV system installed in Singapore’s tropical climate will provide energy savings for the HVAC system. Therefore, ERV systems should be installed in buildings in tropical climates to help reduce the energy consumption to slow down the rate of climate change.
Final Year Project (FYP)
Nanyang Technological University