China: First Chinese Solar Cooling Conference to Take Place in Shanghai in March

SHC ConferenceThis spring, a major event for solar cooling is going to take place in Shanghai: From 23 to 27 March 2015, the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme and the Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) will jointly organise a Solar Cooling Week in the city. The week is going to start off with two Task meetings and end with the two-day Solar Cooling Conference (SCC). The SCC will take place for the very first time, be open to the public and include technical site visits on 26 March 2015, as well as a full-day conference with plenary and parallel sessions on 27 March 2015.
 
“We agreed last year that the final expert meeting of Task 48, Quality Assurance & Support Measures for Solar Cooling Systems, should take place in China, and the SJTU wanted to organise an international solar cooling showcase event in the country,” Daniel Mugnier explains the motivation for creating the Solar Cooling Week. The French researcher heads both solar cooling tasks: Task 48, which has focused on Quality Assurance & Support Measures for Solar Cooling Systems since October 2011 and will end in March 2015, and the new solar cooling Task 53 on New Generation Solar Cooling & Heating Systems, which began in March 2014 and will end in June 2017. “We agreed with Professor Yanjun Dai from SJTU on organising a technical workshop during both Task meetings in Shanghai in March and inviting Chinese experts on solar cooling to these workshops,” Mugnier explains. The other workshop sessions will only be open to the members of the two aforementioned Tasks.
 
“China is the largest cooling market in the world. It is number one in the air-conditioning industry worldwide, and so it is an important signal to have a solar cooling week organised by the IEA SHC in Shanghai,” Mugnier says. According to the IEA’s Technology Roadmap on Solar Heating and Cooling, which was published in June 2012, solar thermal cooling will be expected to play a significant role in air conditioning around the globe, particularly across China. By 2050, the IEA roadmap envisages nearly 17 % of global air-conditioning demand to be met by solar cooling systems.
 
In an IEA SHC press release dated 22 December, researchers, engineers and technology suppliers were invited to submit a paper for the Chinese Solar Cooling Conference until 31 January 2015. Authors are required to send the conference organisers a 250-word abstract in English by email for internal review (scc_2015@yahoo.com). Applicants will be notified of their work’s final acceptance as an oral or poster presentation by 20 February 2015.
 
More information:
Shanghai Jiao Tong University: www.sjtu.edu.cn/
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