A review of solar cooling technologies for residential applications in Canada

Christopher Baldwin, Cynthia A. Cruickshank
2012 Energy Procedia  
In the last two decades, the demand for residential cooling has increased exponentially, creating a significant demand on the electrical grid during the summer months. Between 1990 and 2008, the total Canadian residential floor area that requires cooling has almost tripled, while the total energy consumed for space cooling has more than doubled. The implementation of solar cooling systems could assist in reducing this energy consumption, and consequently, reduce greenhouse gas emissions
more » ... s emissions released into the atmosphere as a result of the generation of the required electricity to power typical air conditioners. This paper presents a review of the solar cooling technologies that have been developed and implemented for use in residential and commercial applications. Related work conducted under the International Energy Agency is also described and a review of cooling installations both worldwide and Canada are discussed.
doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2012.11.059 fatcat:ifh3ilhc3vdddmvufd7s3uuhkm