Solar Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, ISBN-13: 978-0080407500

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Solar Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, ISBN-13: 978-0080407500

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  • Series: Renewable Energy
  • 298 pages
  • Publisher: Pergamon; 1st edition
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0080407501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0080407500


Solar cooling is most effective where it is most needed – in the tropics. Most developing countries lie in the hotter climatic regions, where cooling facilities are essential to promote the well-being, productivity and comfort of the population. Paradoxically, solar air-conditioning can contribute significantly to the alleviation of the problem. This book includes fully detailed treatment of the theory and applications of the techniques involved: vapour absorption systems, solar absorption systems, solar absorption cooling, radiative cooling and desiccant cooling. Particular applications stressed include the use of passive cooling in buildings and the provision of efficient refrigeration facilities, the latter being essential for the storage of vaccines in health-care programmes for the eradication of infectious diseases throughout the developing world.

Solar cooling is a major area of technology associated with high solar energy regions of the world. It goes without saying that the higher the solar flux, the greater is the need for solar cooling. Most developing countries fall within latitudes of high solar intensity and hence require cooling as well as air conditioning to preserve food and medical vaccines and to provide reasonable comfort levels at work in order to increase productivity.

During the last ten years, several developments have taken place which have advanced the subject of cooling. In this series, we have attempted to describe these developments around the world and in different application areas. The book consists of eleven chapters. Chapters One and Two outline the various means of cooling available and describe their cycles. Chapter Three explains in detail the work of Professor Chinnappa who, during the last twenty years, has made great strides in the area of solar absorption system machines. The work was carried out partly in India and partly in Australia. Chapters Four and Five go on to deal with desiccant cooling and have been written by Professors Robinson and Lof from the United States of America. Chapters Six, Seven and Eight describe in detail the concept and the importance of radiative cooling in France and in Thailand and were written by Professor Berger & Cubizoloes, Berger & Schneider and Boom & Lony. Professor Exell’s experience in icemaking for rural applications is dealt with in Chapter Nine, while Chapter Ten, written by Professor Adamson from Sweden, gives an insight into passive cooling in buildings. Finally, Mr McNelis’s work and experience in photovoltaic refrigeration is the theme of the eleventh chapter.

The book has many references and is illustrated by numerous photographs and diagrams. It will serve as an informative and technical book to all those who wish to increase their knowledge about solar cooling, in particular researchers in the field, funding agents and policy makers.

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