Analysis of applicability of PLPE procedure for the test of a Solar Cooling system
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Dynamic whole system testing methods are applied to evaluate the performance of heating system driven by renewable energy. The application of dynamic methods is needed to perform a reliable performance evaluation since these systems work under dynamic conditions. However, some procedures described in literature present some difficulties in their application or in some cases, the methods are defined for a specific application. The PLPE procedure has been developed with the aims of simplification of its application and of having a general applicability. Nevertheless, the PLPE was validated only for a solar assisted heat pump system. The present paper wants to investigate the applicability of the PLPE procedure for the test of a solar cooling system. The paper shows the representability of the emulations and the accuracy of estimating the seasonal performance for different climates in the case of solar cooling systems. The PLPE can estimate the thermal SPF with an accuracy of the 3%.