In the frame of the European project called Bricker, a new prototype of single room ventilation with heat recovery has been developed. This new unit is supposed to be installed in class rooms of an educational institution. This paper deals with the development of the first prototype of this unit. An empirical model of such device is also proposed in order to be coupled with a building model. This aims at determining the seasonal performance of the device and thus the potential energy saving (compared to other technologies) resulting from its use.
The first part of the paper presents the specifications and the final characteristics of the developed device. In this context, a by-pass for free cooling in summer conditions as well as the strategies under frosting conditions are described.
Secondly, the coefficient of performance (COP) of such device is recalled. In the early stage of the development process, the COP is determined based on the manufacturer data of the heat recovery exchanger and the fans. The coupling between fan curve and the predicted hydraulic performance of the unit allows for determining a first approximation of the fans electrical consumption for several delivered flow rates.
The third part of the paper focuses on the experimental investigations carried out in order to determine the flow rate really delivered by the unit. Electrical consumptions of several flow rates are also measured in order to characterize the COP of the unit in those conditions.
Finally, a comparison between the measured and the predicted performance based on manufacturer data has been realized in terms of COP. A performance map based on experimental results is proposed in order to be coupled with a building model.