IEA SHC: Large industry players investing in solar cooling

Solar cooling system
Solar cooling system

The International Energy Agency's Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC) has announced that major Asian industrial corporations are increasing their involvement with solar cooling, and that its multi-country research project is drawing strong interest from these players.

The IEA SHC states that Hitachi Plant Technologies Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan) and Mitsubishi Plastics Inc. (Tokyo, Japan) have started to enter the solar cooling market. Hitachi has set a goal of earning JPY 5 billion (USD 63 million) by 2015 with its solar-powered air conditioning unit, and Mitsubishi estimates that it will earn JPY 3 billion (USD 38 million) with its new compact absorption chiller series by 2015.

"We are thrilled to see that solar cooling is gaining traction in the industry," says Dr. Uli Jakob, who leads the communications efforts for the Task 48 project. "The announcements of major industrial corporations provide additional momentum in the already dynamic solar cooling market."


Chinese companies express interest in joining solar cooling project

The IEA also notes that several Chinese companies have indicated their interest in participating in the Quality Assurance and Support Measures for Solar Cooling (Task 48) program. These include Vicot Air Conditioning (Jinan, China), Shuangliang Eco-Energy Systems Company Ltd. (Jiangyin City, China) and Himin Solar Company Ltd. (Dezhou, China).

Additionally, the Chinese government has approved the Shanghai Jiao Tong University to serve as an expert in the Task 48 group. Market players in other nations including Thermax Ltd. (Pune, India) have also expressed interest in the project.

The IEA SHC notes that solar cooling will be a major topic at the First Industrial Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry, which is taking place July 9th-11th, 2012, in San Francisco, California.



2012-07-09 | Courtesy: IEA; Image Source: Conergy | © Heindl Server GmbH

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