Building space-heating and cooling, and water-heating, are responsible for a significant portion of energy consumption in the USA. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), space-heating and cooling in the commercial sector accounts for 40% of total energy consumption. In the residential sector this number rises to almost 70%.

Meeting these demands with solar energy is a particularly attractive option, due to the natural match between solar radiation availability and building cooling loads. In recent years more than 100 solar cooling systems have been installed worldwide, most with a cooling capacity above 30 tons.

The Solar Heating and Cooling Programme of the International Energy Agency (IEA) has provided a framework for collaborative efforts in the development of solar cooling systems and applications for the last 12 years. In North America many new systems have been installed in the last few years. This workshop draws from this experience and examines the state-of-the-art in thermally driven solar cooling systems in North America. Presented by European and North American experts, it covers: the basics of solar collector technology; open and closed cooling cycles and equipment; operational experience from current systems in North America and design guidelines.

Background - Solar Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Workshop

location: Kingston, Ontario, Canada

The IEA Solar Heating and Cooling program is pleased to sponsor the 3rd North American workshop for Task 38, Solar Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration.  This event  will bring together top experts from Europe and North America to present a comprehensive program on the technology and economics of solar air-conditioning and refrigeration.