Solar Cooling Systems Knoxville TN

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John H Coleman LLC
(865) 525-5111
814 State St
Knoxville , TN
Robisons Hometown Air
(865) 938-6338
7825 Old Clinton Pike
Powell , TN
R & M Climate Control Inc
(865) 671-6175
633 Corporate Point Way
Knoxville , TN
Tennessee Solar Energy Association
(865) 974-9218
311 Conference Center, Suite B3
Knoxville, TN
Robisons Hometown Air
(865) 938-6338
7825 Old Clinton Pike
Powell , TN
Powell Bros Htg & Clg Inc
(865) 945-5250
2624 Clinton Hwy
Powell , TN
A-1 Certified Service Inc
(865) 691-5088
2507 Byington Solway Rd
Knoxville , TN
Tennessee Fire & Safety Mech
(865) 582-1140
122 Lambdin Rd
Maynardville , TN
Comfort Engineered Systems Inc
(615) 776-3135
7205 Nolensville Rd
Nolensville , TN
Matthews Elect & Air
(731) 376-8102
1555 Pulse Rd
Middleton , TN

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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