Europhys. Lett.
Volume 76, Number 4, November 2006
Page(s) 568 - 574
Section General
Published online 18 October 2006
Europhys. Lett., 76 (4), pp. 568-574 (2006)
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i2006-10318-y

Accurate upper bound for heating gain factor

V. Badescu

Candida Oancea Institute, Polytechnic University of Bucharest Spl. Independentei 313, Bucharest 060042, Romania

received 28 July 2006; accepted in final form 22 September 2006
published online 18 October 2006

The problem of how much heat at a given temperature can be converted into heat at another temperature is studied. An accurate upper bound for the heating gain factor is obtained. The results show that reducing three-four times the present-day fuel consumption for heating is possible.

05.70.Ln - Nonequilibrium and irreversible thermodynamics.
84.60.Bk - Performance characteristics of energy conversion systems; figure of merit.
89.30.-g - Energy resources.

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