Solar Cooling Systems Dubuque IA

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All Seasons Heating & Cooling
(563) 582-8884
798 Cedar Cross Rd
Dubuque , IA
 
Meyer Mechanical
(563) 875-7163
204 2nd Ave NE
Dyersville , IA
 
Alternate Energy Systems
(563) 875-8772
611 Second St. SE
Dyersville, IA
Services
NABCEP Solar certified Design, sales, licensing classes

Whink Services Inc
(319) 824-6801
805 G Ave
Grundy Center , IA
 
Hallgren-Schildknecht
(319) 754-5793
1215 Agency
Burlington , IA
 
Geisler Brothers Company
(563) 583-7363
340 E 12th St
Dubuque , IA
 
Solar Planet
(563) 557-5888
2901 Hillcrest Rd
Dubuque, IA
Services
Photovoltaic (Solar Electric) & Wind Installation

Carruthers Plumbing & Heating
(641) 333-2331
112 N Main St
Lenox , IA
 
R & R Performance Plg
(712) 439-2142
1030 Main St
Hull , IA
 
Ross Plumbing & Heating
(641) 823-5319
111 N 2nd St
Greene , IA
 

Solar Cooling

It's a bit of a strange idea to think of using the sun to cool your home or business, but in fact, absorption cooling was the first type of air conditioning. Absorption cooling is still practical for remote homes in places where there is an excess of heat energy available. A home in the desert would be an ideal place to use absorption cooling via solar energy.

In absorption cooling, heat drives the system, instead of electricity. Two basic types of systems are:

  • single-stage systems, which are driven by any warm fluid (not necessarily water) heated to between 180 and 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • two-stage systems work at around 140 degrees Fahrenheit. These can use low temperature solar energy to "pre-heat" the air. A high-temperature energy source (e.g. natural gas or oil) is used in the second cooling stage.

Desiccant coolers are the other very popular style of solar cooling. Desiccant coolers remove moisture from air. This does not actually cool the air but reduces the humidity, making it seem cooler. These are often used in combination with other types of solar coolers such as vapor compression or evaporative, which really do lower temperature.

  • vapor compression cooling uses solar thermal energy to operate a Rankin cycle heat engine.
  • evaporative cooling uses a mechanical device that takes the heat from the outside air and uses this to evaporate water held in pads inside the cooling unit. This 'sucks' heat out of the air and the cooled air is blow...

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