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Developing the Australian Solar Cooling Market: Status Update and Lessons from the Solar Thermal Industry (2013)

Submitted by Chris Heron on April 25, 2014

This report on the development of the solar cooling market, from Jeremy Osborne of Solem Consulting, was presented at the Australian Solar Cooling Conference in Sydney in 2013.

It first provides an overview of the overall Australian solar thermal market and then focuses in particular on solar cooling industry and how it can learn from the solar thermal industry in order to grow its market.

Germany: Additional Support for Small Solar Cooling Systems

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 3, 2014
Since January 2014, companies have been able to receive grants for their thermal-driven sorption cooling systems with a cooling power between 5 kW and 500 kW from the programme for commercial cooling technology in Germany. Until 2013, the minimum cooling power for the programme had been 50 kW. The Federal Environment Ministry published the amendment on 16 December 2013 (see the attached document). The programme supports solar thermal cooling, but also cooling systems driven by other green heat sources, such as industrial waste heat, cogeneration plants and district heating. The subsidy is 25% of the net investment for the cooling system, including installation and consulting costs. 
Source: Green Chiller

Solar Cooling Technologies (2011)

Submitted by Chris Heron on January 24, 2014

This presentation on solar cooling technologies was given by Professor S. Srinivasa Murthy of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras during the India-Spain workshop on renewable energies which took place in Sevilla in March 2011.

Austria: Large-Scale Solar Plants Subsidy Scheme Shows Increase in Average System Sizes

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 3, 2014
2013 was already the fourth year for the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund’s subsidy scheme for large-scale solar systems.The demand for it was also still great: All in all, 37 projects profited from a total subsidy amount of about EUR 4.5 million (see the attached document). 18 of these projects were accompanied by case studies. The programme subsidises large-scale solar plants across the following application areas: solar process heat (6 systems), solar feed-ins into heat networks (11 systems), high solar coverage (15 systems), solar-supported air conditioning in combination with warm water and heating (4 systems), as well as new technologies and innovative approaches (1 system). The pie chart shows the shares of the aforementioned applications in the total subsidised collector area.
Source: Klima- und Energiefonds

Technical and Economic Assessment of Medium Sized Solar-Assisted Air-Conditioning in Brazil (2010)

Submitted by Dan Fernandez on December 13, 2013

This report from Till Felix Reichardt of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) describes research into the various forms of solar thermal air-condition systems, and which would be best suited for use to meet the growing demand for indoor air-conditioning in Brazil.

Efficient Solar Cooling (2011)

Submitted by Dan Fernandez on November 18, 2013

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.

Financial Analysis of Solar Cooling Systems in Australia (2013)

Submitted by Chris Heron on October 29, 2013

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.

Intersolar India 2013: Conference Focuses on Solar Process Heat

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 29, 2013

Going into its fifth year, the annual Intersolar India conference is expecting 700 national and international attendees, as well as roughly 100 speakers from all around the world. The international event, which will take place in the Leela Kempinski Hotel in Mumbai from 11 to 14 November 2013, will set the stage for discussing current conditions and developments in international markets, with a special focus on the Indian market and the latest technologies and trends in the areas of photovoltaics, PV production technologies, energy storage and solar thermal technologies (find more information about the conference programme here). The exhibition with around 200 companies at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), Mumbai, will run from 12 to 14 November, opening its doors one day after the start of the conference. As many as 7,296 visitors filled Hall 1 at the BCEC last year (see photo).
Photo: Solar Promotion

USA: SEIA Publishes Road Map for Solar Heating and Cooling Policies

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 23, 2013

Under the title "Solar Heating and Cooling: Energy for a Secure Future", the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has published a 36-page road map for solar heating and cooling in the USA (see attached document). The road map aims to increase solar heating and cooling capacity in the US from 9 GWth today to 300 GWth by 2050 (both figures including pool heating). “It’s an ambitious goal, but it’s doable,” SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch says in a comment on SEIA’s web page.
Source: Road map map 26

REEF House Solar HVAC System (2012)

Submitted by Dan Fernandez on September 24, 2013

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.