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Small Scale Solar Cooling Device

Objective

Solar cooling technologies use solar thermal energy provided through solar collectors to power thermally driven cooling machines. Cooling demand is rapidly increasing in many parts of the world: the combination of solar thermal and cooling has a high potential to replace conventional cooling machines based on electricity and depleting refrigerants. However, while larger solar cooling systems have been successfully demonstrated, smaller systems have not yet entered the market due to various technical and economical reasons. Until today, there is a lack of small scale units, fully automated and autonomous package-solutions for residential and small commercial or industrial applications, low temperature cooling systems: ALONE aims at overcoming these barriers. The main aim of ALONE proposal is to improve solar cooling technologies based on systems able to cope with low temperature cooling applications. Effort will be concentrated on absorption chiller optimisation for providing both heating and cooling in solar systems: in fact, components’ adaptation and control logic optimisation is a necessary step towards higher conversion performances and reduced costs. This objective will be achieved through the development and improvement of new components of small capacity cooling systems, collectors and control systems, as well as a plant characterised by pre-engineered solutions. Advanced modelling and simulation will also support the design. The whole system will work in a fully automated way throughout the year. In order to foster the market penetration and widespread use of sustainable technology, major attention is paid to the simplification of installation effort and the minimisation of the need maintenance, what is of utmost importance for such kind of plants which in any case will run without operator. The project will demonstrate this innovative system at four selected end-user sites, collecting real data and assessing performances under full plant operation.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2007-2-TREN
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE
Address
Piazza San Marco 4
50121 Florence
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maurizio De Lucia (Prof.)

Participants (7)

ACCADEMIA EUROPEA DI BOLZANO
Italy
Address
Viale Druso 1
39100 Bolzano
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Wolfram Sparber (Dr.)
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Georg Boehm (Mr.)
SOLITEM GUNES ENERJISI TEKNOLOJILERI LTD.STI.
Turkey
Address
Ostim Uzay Cagi Caddesi 78 Sokak
Ankara
Administrative Contact
Ahmet Lokurlu (Mr.)
AO SOL ENERGIAS RENOVAVEIS SA
Portugal
Address
Lugar De Sesmaria Limpa
Samora Correia
Administrative Contact
Manuel Collares Pereira (Prof.)
IKERLAN S. COOP
Spain
Address
P Jose Maria Arizmendiarrieta 2
20500 Mondragon
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Chris Merveille (Dr.)
SALTX TECHNOLOGY AB
Sweden
Address
Vastertorpsvagen 135
12944 Hagersten
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Per Olofsson (Mr.)
RIELLO SPA
Italy
Address
Via Ing. Pilade Riello
Legnago
Administrative Contact
Giuseppe Toniato (Mr.)