Air-conditioning is the dominating energy consuming service in buildings in many countries. In many regions in Europe the demand for cooling and dehumidification of indoor air is growing due to increasing cooling loads. Conventional cooling technologies exhibit several clear disadvantages: their operation demands a high energy consumption; they cause high electricity peak loads; they significantly contribute to the Greenhouse effect (induced CO2 emissions resulting from the production of electricity) and they generally employ refrigerants that have several negative environmental impacts (global warming, ozone depletion).This project addresses these problems by development and integration of the necessary technologies for utilisation of solar energy for air conditioning of buildings. The industrial target is to develop and demonstrate a new air-cooled solar-driven NH3-H20 absorption system for air-conditioning and other cooling applications, with a capacity of 10 - 50 kW, using a compound parabolic collector and a gas-driven back-up system.
Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards
2135-402 Samora Correia