Solar Cooling

  • Yazaki

    China: “There is strong competition between PV and solar thermal cooling”

    Two larger solar thermal cooling installations were put into operation in China in 2016. One of them was a 23-kW Yazaki absorption system (left photo) and one a new developed 50-kW variable-effect absorption chiller driven by a Fresnel collector (right). Solarthermalworld.org spoke...
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  • CSTIF

    China: Solar Process Heat and Space Heating and Cooling Rack Up Market Shares

    China’s shift away from residential towards commercial solar thermal applications continues: The collector area of newly installed solar water heaters in single-family buildings declined by 26 % in 2016, whereas the ‘engineering segment’ remained stable last year (see the table below). This...
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  • Petra Guest House Jordan

    Jordan: Four Demonstration Plants for Solar Air Conditioning Commissioned

    Jordan is showing rapidly increasing demand for air-conditioning. Total annual emissions from cooling commercial buildings add up to 600,000 tonnes of CO2, an amount equal to emissions from about 120,000 passenger vehicles per year. This has prompted the German Agency for...
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  • IEA SHC Task 53

    IEA SHC Task 53: Innovative Solar Cooling Systems

    The biggest challenge for a small market like the solar cooling one – which has still a long way to go – is how to reduce system costs. One way to achieve this objective besides increasing market volume is standardisation. Companies from around the globe have responded to the challenge by...
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  • Hospital Managua

    Nicaragua: Soft Loan to Fund EUR 4 Million Project

    There is now nothing in the way of constructing an impressive solar heating and cooling installation in Nicaragua. At the end of September, the last signatures were placed under the contract documents for a 4,450 m² collector field which will supply air conditioning and warm water to the...
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  • SolarCool Installation

    SolarCool Europe: Solar Heat Reduces Chiller Electricity Consumption

    In April 2016, British company SolarCool Energy put into operation its largest SolarCool system, which was installed on the roof of Chingford Fruit’s processing plant (see photo) in Dartford Kent, UK. Fifty-four retrofitted vacuum tube collectors totalling 160 m² have since reduced the...
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  • IEA SHC Programme Scales up its International Research Network

    IEA SHC Programme Scales up its International Research Network

    The IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC) broadens its sponsor network. The most recent members are the International Solar Energy Society (ISES), headquartered in Germany, and the Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (GORD) based in Qatar. ISES joined as a Sponsor...
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  • Saudi Arabia: “Cheap might still be too expensive”

    Saudi Arabia: “Cheap might still be too expensive”

    With a solar radiation of up to 2,550 kWh/m², Saudi Arabia seems destined to be a frequent user of solar thermal energy. Solar heating and cooling, however, are not very common in the Kingdom. A new housing programme launched by the government is now adding solar water heating to the list...
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