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HEAT DISSIPATION SYSTEMS WITH HYGROSCOPIC WORKING FLUID

United States Patent Application

20160033192
A1
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In various embodiments, the present invention relates to heat dissipation systems including a hygroscopic working fluid and methods of using the same. In various embodiments, the present invention provides a method for heat dissipation using a hygroscopic working fluid. The method can include transferring thermal energy from a heated process fluid to the hygroscopic working fluid in a process heat exchanger, to form a cooled process fluid. The method can include condensing liquid from a feed gas on a heat transfer surface of a feed gas heat exchanger in contact with the cooled process fluid, to form a cooled feed gas, the heated process fluid, and a condensate. The method can include dissipating thermal enegy from the hygroscopic working fluid to a cooling gas composition with a fluid-air contactor. The method can include transferring moisture between the hygroscopic working fluid and the cooling gas composition with the fluid-air contactor. The method can include adding at least part of the condensate to the hygroscopic working fluid.
Martin, Christopher Lee (Grand Forks, ND)
14/ 884,450
October 15, 2015
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0002] This invention was made with government support under Cooperative Agreement No. DE-FC26-08NT43291 entitled "EERC-DOE Joint Program on Research and Development for Fossil Energy-Related Resources," awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The U.S. government has certain rights in the invention.