This paper aims at defining a design methodology for the global thermodynamic performance of a high altitude airship cabin. This design method applies to different systems, which could not use the traditional air conditioning plant layout based on bleed air intake from the compressor stage of jet engines. In the case of electrically propelled green vehicles and airships, other energy sources must be exploited. The MAAT EU FP7 project presents an innovative, energetically self sufficient, airship system based on cruiser-feeder architecture. Both the cruiser and feeder are fed by photovoltaic energy. The energy storage system by electrolysis and fuel cells with intermediate energy storage by hydrogen and oxygen is characterized by high temperature energy dispersions (about 800-1000°C for High temperature SOFC cells). This situation encourages the definition of a novel pressurization and air conditioning system. A preliminary cabin sizing with some structural considerations, an energetic evaluation of the thermal insulation of the cabin and a general balance of the energy production system are provided. © 2013 The Authors.
High altitude airship cabin sizing, pressurization and air conditioning / Dumas, A.; Angeli, D.; Trancossi, M.. - In: ENERGY PROCEDIA. - ISSN 1876-6102. - 45:(2014), pp. 977-986. (Intervento presentato al convegno 68th Conference of the Italian Thermal Machines Engineering Association, ATI 2013 tenutosi a Bologna, ita nel 2013) [10.1016/j.egypro.2014.01.103].