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Cost-Effective Solar AiR conditioning

Objective

"Summer electricity use is growing year upon year, mainly due to air conditioning (AC) demand. Electricity grids are increasingly experiencing problems during the hottest summer days, to deal with the increasing demand of electricity from air conditioning systems.
Absorption cooling can be a solution to this growing problem, as it can supply cooling from a heating source, with only a very small electricity input (negligible) in comparison with traditional AC systems. Due to the use of renewable energies such as solar thermal or other residual/waste energy as heat source, the primary energy consumption is much lower than with conventional chillers.
However, solar cooling technology has a lot of barriers that delay the penetration of absorption machines in the market. The most important is the high costs of absorption chillers, as well as lack of standardization, market familiarity and compatibility with building design methodologies. The fact that all absorption machines based on LiBr technology currently in the market need a cooling tower is also a barrier for absorption chillers market acceptance.
The objective of the CESAR project is to develop a small scale, low cost absorption cooling unit, with efficient ambient air heat dissipation and which can use renewable heat sources and therefore have a minimum electricity use.
This goal will be achieved by:
- Use of new working fluids and fabrication materials never used in commercial absorption chillers, more efficient and cost-effective than commonly used alternatives
- Development of efficient, compact, cost-effective and simplified heat exchangers
- Development of control systems for efficient operation of the absorption machine
- Development of a friendly-use design tool for installers and planners in order to design and dimension solar cooling installations with the new absorption machine in an easy way"

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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Coordinator

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 600
Administrative Contact
Epelde Maider (Ms.)

Participants (6)

AIRLAN S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 138 465,10
Address
Calle Ribera De Deusto 70
48014 Bilbao Vizcaya
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Elena Gimenez (Ms.)
GIROTZE SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 130 645,60
Address
Poligono Industrial Juin Txiki 5
20720 Azkoitia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Imanol Epelde (Mr.)
B.N. TERMICA DI BARBERIO MICHEL E CIAVARELLA SOCCORSA S.N.C.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 155 789,80
Address
Via Issiglio 10
10141 Torino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michele Barberio (Mr.)
FUNVISA SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 117 110
Address
Marismas Del Rio Galindo 1
48910 Sestao Vizcaya
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Raúl García (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER
United Kingdom
Address
Cromore Road
BT52 1SA Coleraine
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Neil James Hewitt (Prof.)
ZACISZE sp. z o.o.
Poland
EU contribution
€ 128 489,50
Address
Ul. Ejsmonda 2
81409 Gdynia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Zbigniew Misztal (Mr.)