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Australia: Solar Cooling for Dairy Farms and Cold Stores (2009)

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 18, 2010

Solar cooling systems on dairy farms possess a high impact on the energy consumption of such businesses. Solar energy can contribute up to 80 % of the total cooling load and 57 to 65 % of the hot water load for a typical dairy farm, according to a study carried out by Australian company Solem Consulting in June 2009 on behalf of Sustainability Victoria (see attached document).

Energy Cost and its Impact on Regulating the Buildings’ Energy Behaviour (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on March 12, 2010

This research paper issued by the Laboratory of Heat Transfer and Environmental Engineering of the Aristotle University Thessaloniki relates to the historic evolution of energy building regulations.

Training Courses – ACS in Solar Cooling System (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on March 2, 2010

This is a presentation of SorTech AG, a manufacturer of small and medium scale adsorption chillers for cooling and air-conditioning applications, which was used for a training course on solar cooling systems.

Thailand: Highly Interested Enterprises, But Low-Quality Systems

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 26, 2010

 solar systems in Thailand” 37 commercially installed solar thermal systems of between 50 and 500 m2 received subsidies in Thailand over the last two years. Nevertheless, the sector shows a lack of professional service to operate these solar systems at an optimum efficiency.
Photo: STA

Removal of Non-Technological Barriers to Solar Cooling Technologies Across Southern European Islands (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 19, 2010

This report from 2009 provides an overview of the SOLCO project. Supported by the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme of the European Commission, this project tries to look into ways of removing barriers that hamper the dissemination of solar cooling plants in European Southern regions such as the Canary Islands, Crete, Cyprus and Sicily, where the high solar radiation is ideal for solar cooling implementation.

France: Support Scheme for up to 30 Solar Heating and Cooling Systems

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 18, 2010

 Vinery in Banyuls” One of the successful show cases of solar cooling applications in France: The vinery in Banyuls, in the south of France, where 130 m2 of vacuum tube collectors supply an absorption chiller with 52 kW cooling capacity since 1991.
Photo: Tecsol

Solar Cooling and Air-Conditioning (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 16, 2010

This presentation was given by Hans-Martin Henning from the Fraunhofer-Institut for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg, Germany, during the Renewable Energy Week in Brussels in 2007.

Mr Hans-Martin Henning explains with these slides solar cooling and air conditioning processes and technologies, examples of solar cooling usage (factories, conferece centers, hotels and wine stores), current status and outlook as well.


Renewable Energies Essentials: Solar Heating and Cooling (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 11, 2010

This short document, produced by the International Energy Agency, provides a summary of the solar heating and cooling situation in 2009.

The document is divided in different sections: market status; economics; outlook; system related aspects; environmental impact; technology status development; which touch upon different issues ranging from the installed capacity, to solar resources of different countries, drivers and barriers for growth, etc.


Overall System Performance Modeling: Solar thermal Cooling/Heating of the IW (2006)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 8, 2010

The Advanced Building Systems Integration Consortium (ABSIC) is an industry-university partnership aimed at researching on possibilities to improve building and systems' efficiency.

This presentation goes through a specific project with a twofold objective: design a more efficient solar thermal system and improve the efficiency of existing systems, based on a given building heating and cooling demands.

Results showed that the performance of the systems can be improved up to 27% in winter (around 3MWh) and 49.2% in summer (around 7MWh).


Online Tool for pre-sizing Solar Heating and Cooling Installations

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 23, 2010

screenshot online tool SolarCombi+” Pre-sizing tool online: The international consortium of the European Project SolarCombi+ has just published an online calculation tool for solar heating and cooling projects with a cooling capacity of up to 20 kW.