An Introduction to Solar Cooling Systems
J. Paul Guyer, P.E., R.A., Fellow ASCE, Fellow AEI
2. ABSORPTION COOLING
3. RANKINE CYCLE HEAT ENGINE COOLING
4. DESICCANT COOLING
5. OTHER COOLING METHODS
6. ESTIMATING SYSTEM SIZE
7. SYSTEM CONTROLS
8. PIPING, PUMPS, VALVES
10. OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.
At the conclusion of this course, the student will:
- Learn when solar cooling may be practicable and cost-effective, and when it is unlikely to be so;
- Learn about the two refrigerant combinations that have been used most successfully in solar-powered absorption cooling systems;
- Learn the advantages the Rankine cycle heat engine has over the Stirling and Brayton cycle heat engines for solar cooling;
- Learn how the type of collector used affects and limits the design of solar-powered absorption systems;
- Learn how the means of delivery of the heated fluid to the absorption cooler affects and limits the design of solar-powered absorption systems;
- Learn why an absorption cooler that relies on on-off cycling for temperature control has a drastically reduced average coefficient of performance;
- Learn why a cooling tower is usually required as an element in a solar-powered absorption cooling system;
- Learn the fundamental difference between the closed-cycle absorption and Rankine systems, and an open-cycle desiccant system;
- Learn about the differences between a ventilation-mode desiccant system and a recirculation-mode desiccant system; and
- Learn about other cooling methods that utilize solar heating equipment, but do not utilize the solar energy directly for cooling.
This course is intended for all of the engineers, architects and construction professionals who are members of the building design and construction team.
Benefit for Attendee
Building designers and construction professionals will be introduced by this course to the technology to the potential for using solar energy for space cooling of buildings, in addition to space heating and domestic hot water heating.
This is an introduction to the systems and equipment being developed to cost-effectively utilize solar energy for space cooling of buildings.
About Course Author
Paul Guyer is a registered mechanical engineer, civil engineer, fire protection engineer and architect with over 35 years experience in the design of buildings and related infrastructure. For an additional 9 years he was a senior-level advisor to the California Legislature on infrastructure and capital outlay issues. He has designed and supervised the design of hundreds of construction projects requiring the preparation of detailed working drawings and specifications for federal, state and local public agencies and private companies. He is a graduate of Stanford University and has held numerous national, state and local positions with the American Society of Civil Engineers and National Society of Professional Engineers.
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An Introduction to Solar Cooling Systems
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This course will give you an introduction to the potential and limitations of systems for solar-powered space cooling of buildings.
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