Air-conditioning is the dominating energy consuming service in buildings in many countries. And in many regions of the world the demand for cooling and dehumidification of indoor air is growing due to increasing comfort expectations and increasing cooling loads. Conventional cooling technologies exhibit several clear disadvantages:
Task 25 'Solar Assisted Air Conditioning of Buildings' of the IEA Solar Heating & Cooling Programme adressed these problems. For this purpose the use of solar energy for air-conditioning of buildings has been covered by research, development and demonstration work. The main objective of the Task was to improve conditions for the market entry of solar assisted cooling systems.
Technologies covered were:
The results of task work are directed toward air-conditioning industries, planners, architects, facility managers and building owners.