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Solar Heating and Cooling of Buildings (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 3, 2011

This document includes detailed information about solar heating and cooling technologies for buildings. The document is one of the deliverables of the BRITA in PuBs project (Bringing Retrofit Innovation to Application in Public Buildings). This FP6 funded project involves different countries (Norway, Denmark, Italy, Greece, Germany, UK, Lithuania and Czech Republic). The aim is to develop demonstration projects in selected public buildings to demonstrate how renewable energies could be used.

Brazil: Solar Cooling System from Germany for Eco-Hotel Pousada do Parque

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 28, 2011

Solar Cooling System at Pousada do Parque” Since the beginning of 2011, solar cooling technology from Thuringia/Germany ensures a pleasant indoor climate in the rooms of the eco-hotel Pousada do Parque in Cuiabá, Brazil. On 15 January, the pilot plant came into operation, and since then, it has not only provided cold water, but also important input for a current campaign to accelerate the use of solar cooling technology in the Brazilian hotel sector.
Photo: Pousada do Parque

USA: Second Workshop for Solar Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 11, 2011

 SHC Logo” The 2nd Workshop for Solar Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration, taking place in Las Vegas on 2 February, will bring together top experts from Europe and North America - among them Christian Holter, SOLID (Austria), Steve Hunter, Vanir Energy (California/US), Daniel Mugnier, TECSOL (France), and Tom Lopp, Power Partners, Athens (Georgia/US).

Solar Energy Cools Milk (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on January 6, 2011

This paper summarises the results of a study made in the framework of the European Commission co-founded project MEDISCO (Mediterranean Food and Agro Industry Applications of Solar Cooling Technologies).

The MEDISCO project (2006-2009) involves countries such as Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia. The objective is to assess (at a technical and economical level) the most appropriate solar thermally driven systems to tackle the current and future demand of the food and conservation industry sectors in the Mediterranean region.

Europe: 2011 Conferences dedicated to Solar Heating and Cooling

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 27, 2010

In Europe, only a few conferences focus exclusively on solar heating and cooling in 2011. Most events combine both solar thermal technology and photovoltaics, with two-thirds of the schedule being reserved for solar electricity and only one third for solar thermal. Please check the event calendar for more information about these events. The few events in 2011 that deal only with solar heating and cooling (and have been included in the event calendar, too) are listed in the following:

Canada: Retirement Home Solar Cooling

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 22, 2010

 Oxford Gardens Retirement Village” 162 vacuum tube collector panels supplying the Oxford Gardens Retirement Village with domestic hot water, a warm water pool, space heating in winter and cooling in summer: According to project leader Suni Ball of Canadian solar system provider Proterra Solar, the system is the largest solar cooling installation in the country. Over 80 guests came to its inauguration in November 2010.
Photo: Oxford Gardens

USA: ClimateWell wins Technology Contest of General Electrics

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 26, 2010

 ClimateWell absorption chillers” ClimateWell AB, located in Stockholm, is one of 12 companies which were chosen among 4,000 applicants in a ten-week contest organised by US-American General Electric Co (GE). ClimateWell won in the Efficient Appliances category and received a USD 100,000 concept stage grant. Since 2008, the Swedish company has run a production unit for absorption chillers in Spain, similar to the system shown in the picture.
Photo: Kingspan

India: Ideal Frame Conditions for Solar Heating and Cooling Sector

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 22, 2010

 DIREC 2010” More than 200 participants attended the side-event dedicated to the solar heating and cooling sector during the Delhi International Renewable Energy Conference (DIREC) 2010 in New Delhi, India, at the end of October. International thought leaders highlighted the global development of low-temperature solar applications and the possibilities for widespread distribution of this technology.
Photo: Jaideep Malaviya

Austria: Campaign with 270 million Impressions

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 1, 2010

 solar campaign” Between February and May 2010, the solar campaign “Clever people heat with the sun” (Schlaue heizen mit der Sonne) promoted solar thermal technology across all of Austria's main media channels: radio, television, newspapers and special interest magazines. The marketing measures reached a total of almost 270 million impressions (see the table below).

FIFA World Cup 2022: Solar-cooled, 500-seat Showcase Stadium in Qatar

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 27, 2010

 Solar cooling plant in the middle of Qatar's desert” Solar cooling plant in the middle of Qatar's desert: Manufactured by German Mirroxx, the Fresnel collectors with an aperture area of 1,400 m2 (700 kW) deliver the energy for an adsorption chiller which cools a showcase football stadium with 500 seats.
Photo: Gem Advertising and Publications

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