The Workshop provides an overview of the current status and latest developments in technologies for solar cooling in tropical climates as well as a guided tour of the world's largest solar cooling system. Organisers are SOLID, the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Main topics focus on Absorption chilling, Desiccant technologies, Heat rejection, Economics and financing.
Solar thermal cooling is a very promising technology for tropical climates like in South East Asia. First systems both with absorption chillers and desiccant systems were realized in Singapore, among them the world’s biggest solar thermal cooling system at the Tampines Campus of United World College of South East Asia. An increased number of companies focus on solar cooling in South East Asia. Solid organizes projects in cooperation with the international energy agency’s solar heating and cooling programme. The solar cooling technology workshop aims to bring together experts in the area of research and solar energy business. Main contents of the workshop are a guided tour of the world’s largest solar cooling plant at UWC Singapore and its presentation and a visit of Cleantech One, Cleantech Park - Singapore’s first eco-business park. Presentations about IEA SHC Task 48 for quality assurance and support measures for solar cooling systems, about the development of new absorption chillers and latent heat storages, about solar DECs for humid climates at the University of Palermo and about a prototype operation of the open sorption based air-conditioning system (ECOS) under tropical conditions. Presenters are from SOLID, the Nanyang Technological University, the International Energy Agency, the Fraunhofer Institute, ZAE Bayern or the DEIM University of Palermo. Further goals are to provide background understanding of the current and future solar cooling technologies, a forum for discussions to foster interaction and maybe generate insight to breakthrough solutions. The workshop will also be a venue for attendees to network with international guests in similar business and research fields. The workshop brings together solar cooling technology experts from government, academia, and industry to brainstorm highly novel technology approaches that could break through techno-economic barriers.