Investigation on feasibility of ionic liquids used in solar liquid desiccant air conditioning system

Yimo Luo, Shuangquan Shao, Fei Qin, Changqing Tian, Hongxing Yang

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The corrosion problem of traditional liquid desiccants hinders the development of solar liquid desiccant air conditioning system. Ionic liquids (ILs) could be a possible substitute because of their low corrosion to metals. According to the characteristic of cation and anion, two ILs 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([Bmim]BF4) and 1,3-dimethylimidazolium acetate ([Dmim]OAc) were selected for possibility investigation. The experimental results demonstrated that the surface vapor pressure of [Bmim]BF4aqueous solution was so high that it was not suitable for dehumidification. With comparing the structure of [Bmim]BF4and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([Emim]BF4), it was found that for imidazole salts with the same anion, as the alkyl chain of the cation becomes shorter, the surface vapor pressure of its aqueous solution would be lower. In addition, simulation model was used to compare the dehumidification performance of [Dmim]OAc and [Emim]BF4with that of the traditional desiccants lithium Chloride (LiCl) and lithium bromide (LiBr). The results showed that in the same condition, [Dmim]OAc with an inlet mass concentration of 81.7% and [Emim]BF4of 85.5% could reach the same dehumidification rate as LiCl of 40.9% and LiBr of 45.0% mass concentration. Better dehumidification performance of [Dmim]OAc than that of [Emim]BF4was achieved, thus, like [Emim]BF4, [Dmim]OAc can also be a promising substitute for traditional desiccant.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2718-2724
Number of pages7
JournalSolar Energy
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2012


  • [Bmim]BF 4
  • [Dmim]OAc
  • Dehumidification
  • Ionic liquid
  • Liquid desiccant
  • Solar air conditioning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Materials Science(all)


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