Solar Cooling Systems Prior Lake MN

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Clearwater Plbg & Htg
(952) 440-3779
19260 Mushtown Rd
Prior Lake , MN
 
Valley Aire Incorporated
(952) 890-4301
7125 W 126th St Suite 150
Savage , MN
 
Rons Mechanical Inc
(952) 445-8585
12010 Old Brick Yard Rd
Shakopee , MN
 
Minnesota Plbg & Htg Inc
(952) 445-4444
1420 W 3rd Ave
Shakopee , MN
 
South Metro Plumbing & Htg
(952) 492-3399
612 N Broadway
Jordan , MN
 
Gopher Heating & Sheet Metal
(952) 890-3466
12330 Ottawa Ave
Savage , MN
 
Genz-Ryan Plbg & Htg Company
(952) 767-1000
2200 Hwy 13
Burnsville , MN
 
Elander Mechanical Inc
(952) 445-4692
591 Citation Dr
Shakopee , MN
 
Southside Heating & A/C Inc
(952) 884-2453
10800 Normandale Bl
Bloomington , MN
 
Grant Heating and Air
(651) 226-0515
19700 Embers Ave
Farmington , MN
 

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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