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This conference posted from Dr. Roland Winston and Heather Poiry of the University of California, Merced discusses solar thermal cooling. In particular, the team examines the current technical challenges faced by conventional solar thermal cooling designs and how these systems could be improved with new hybrid designs.
This presentation, given by the University of Melbourne’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Group, was held at the Australian Solar Cooling Interest Group Conference 2013. It has been found that heating, ventilation and air-conditioning of commercial buildings in Australia account for 40-50% of electricity consumption and 80% of electricity is generated from fossil fuels. Also, the cooling demand in this country has high sensitivity to global warming. An alternative solution for conventional cooling is solar cooling.
The Desert Research Institute is the environmental research arm of the Nevada System of Higher Education. The Institute’s Renewable Energy Experimental Facility (REEF) hosts a solar thermal HVAC system which they use for solar research purposes, as outlined in this poster.
Here is one of the research videos under competition. It was submitted by the Institute of Air Handling and Refrigeration (ILK) Dresden.
This report, which was published by the BlueGreen Alliance, provides an overview of the solar energy industry and its supply chain. The sections on solar thermal focus on currently installed capacity, opportunities for growth and manufacturing trends.
This case study from Vanir Energy describes a solar thermal water heating and air cooling installation at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, Beaufort, South Carolina. According to the report, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is the largest single energy consumer in the U.S. and accounts for most of the government’s energy usage.
This presentation comes from a learning session presented by Oakland University. It looks at and discusses the economics of solar thermal, what solar thermal systems can provide to the built environment, and how solar thermal systems are made and designed.
This report is elaborated in the framework of the EU Solarcombi+ project, which aims to achieve a better market for small scale solar cooling systems in combination with traditional solar thermal systems. The report outlines system solutions for combined air conditioning, domestic hot water preparation and space heating. It also gives recommendations for the good design and a better efficiency for the solar thermal combi+ systems.
Market sectors : Solar Cooling