General Publications

Position Paper: Solar Cooling
IEA SHC Task 38: Position Paper
October 2011 - PDF 0.67MB
By: Hans-Martin Henning
After ten years of numerous research, development and demonstration activities in the field of Solar air-conditioning, in particular within the IEA Solar Heating & Cooling Programme but also in many other national and European R&D projects, the market penetration of SAC remains small.

Therefore, it is important to take a look at the achievements and the recent position of solar cooling technology. It is also important to understand the future perspective of this technology and formulate the needs related to both R&D and market stimulation in order to exploit the potentials. This is also important in order to understand the potential of solar heating and cooling technologies (SHC) to contribute to the achievement of politically set targets in the reduction of energy consumption. This paper describes the recent position of solar cooling technology and develops an outlook about the potential and needed actions.
Position Paper: Solar Cooling
Solar Cooling Position Paper - Executive Summary
Task38 Solar Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration
December 2013 - PDF 0.08MB - Posted: 1/7/2014
This document summarises the Position Paper on Solar Cooling developed by IEA
SHC project “Solar Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration (Task38)".
Overview in World Wide Installed Solar Cooling Systems
October 2007 - PDF 0.17MB
By: Sparber, W., Napolitano, A. and Melograno, P.
2nd International Conference Solar Air Conditioning, Tarragona - Spain, October 2007
Checklist Method for the Selection and the Success in the Integration of a Solar Cooling System in Buildings
The use of renewable energy in buildings is a very important challenge in order to decrease their primary energy consumption. In South of Europe, most of buildings, especially tertiary ones, need active cooling in summer and this often represents an important way to save fossil energy. Solar cooling technologies already exists and have shown their effectiveness at the demonstration stage. But some particular precautions must be taken at different levels to have the best conditions.

This method is aimed at presenting a methodology based on a check list. The decomposition of the problem in different and following steps permits to see whether the project is realisable or not at the design phase. If this is the case, the method shows afterwards the requirements on some parameters of the projects : materials, planner, building owner, installer, exploitation staff and monitoring of the installation.

Thanks to this check list method, an integration of a solar cooling system can be done in suitable conditions. For instance, the method can make appear decisive parameters which would be very unfavourable for a successful project. This check list is based on the feed back of European solar cooling experiences in the framework of the IEA Task 38.