Solar Cooling Systems Norfolk VA

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R S Andrews
(757) 488-9611
620 Lincoln St
Portsmouth , VA
Smith & Keene Elec Service Inc
(757) 420-1231
833 Live Oak Dr
Chesapeake , VA
Climatemakers Ltd of Va
(757) 468-5800
2805 Crusader Cir
Virginia Beach , VA
Future Renovations, Inc.
(757) 236-3006
PO box 2431
Newport News, VA
General Heating Eng Co Inc
(703) 366-2326
9070 Euclid Ave
Manassas , VA
Russells Heating & Air Condition
(757) 424-1000
841 Juniper Cres Suite 114
Chesapeake , VA
Simmons Heating & Cooling Inc
(757) 424-2911
1714 Lambert Ct
Chesapeake , VA
Art Newsome Inc
(757) 873-0345
728 Middle Ground Blvd
Newport News , VA
Zeh Plumbing Htg & Clg
(540) 943-6616
276 Arch Ave
Waynesboro , VA
Automatic Climate Control Serv
(804) 276-5127
5420 Distributor Dr
Richmond , VA

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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