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Australian Institute launches solar cooling group to develop sector as solution to power issues

AIRAH, the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating, has launched its Solar Cooling Special Technical Group to provide a hub for solar cooling information sharing and expertise and with the aim of taking technology ‘to the next level’

AIRAH CEO Phil Wilkinson, said the aims of the AIRAH Solar Cooling STG were to provide a platform for involvement in issues affecting the sector, including policy advice and regulation development, and to develop industry practitioner skills.

He said: “As the sun beats down and air conditioners are turned up, what could be more logical than solar air conditioning? And with enthusiasm for solving Australia’s electricity grid issues, solar air conditioning could be one of the HVAC industry’s answers to reducing both greenhouse gas issues and electricity infrastructure costs.”

Dr Stephen White from CSIRO Energy Technology, added that the group will address barriers to the development of a vibrant solar air conditioning industry across Australia.

Amongst the goals for the group are: developing a comprehensive web portal; holding a regular conference to share information and recognise project excellence; delivering quality solar cooling training; preparing an industry roadmap; and contributing to solar cooling standard development.

Mr White said: “Solar cooling involves the transformation of solar energy into useful building air conditioning - in terms of reducing emissions and lower energy costs, it makes a lot of sense.”

“Now with the STG, the discipline will have some much needed structure, and the support of Australia’s most respected HVAC&R organisation, in order to help take solar cooling to the next level.”

For information about joining AIRAH’s Solar Cooling STG, email phil@airah.org.au


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