About this Research Topic
Air conditioning demands in domestic building have increased rapidly in recent years, due to the demand of higher comfort conditions inside buildings. Solar cooling is a highly promising and attractive renewable solution for the world due to near coincidence of peak cooling loads with the available solar power; moreover there are no negative effects on the environment as a result of using Chlorofluorocarbons refrigerants as used in conventional air conditioners, which induce ozone depletion and the consequent greenhouse effect. Despite their potential advantages, the existing solar adsorption refrigeration systems are not yet competitive enough to replace electricity-driven refrigerators because of its higher cost, lower coefficient of performance (COP), and lower specific cooling power (SCP) in comparison.
Solar cooling technologies appear to represent an encouraging alternative for conventional cooling devices, especially in developing countries and rural areas where electricity is not typically available, and in industrial countries wherever peak cooling loads coincide with available solar power. Therefore, this Research Topic highlights the main attributes for different solar cooling technologies to recognize the main advantages, challenges, disadvantages, and feasibility analysis. Moreover, the need for further research to reduce solar cooling chiller manufacturing costs and improve its performance to be commercialized. Furthermore, it provides useful information for decision-makers to select the proper solar cooling technology for specific applications.
The purpose of the current Research Topic is to cover promising, recent, and novel research in the field of solar cooling technologies. Original research, review papers, theoretical, and experimental studies are welcomed. The following area of interest include, but are not limited to:
• Solar cooling technologies: absorption, adsorption, desiccant, ejector, thermoelectric cooling systems, and Rankine systems.
• Solar cooling systems including designs, developments, challenges, improvements, and optimization.
• Simulation and modelling of solar cooling systems.
• Recent trends in solar cooling technology.
• Strategies to improve Solar Cooling performance.
• Thermo-economic and techno-economic of solar cooling systems
• Novel designs for solar cooling installations.
• Experimental works on solar cooling systems
• Case studies of existing solar cooling
• Industrial solar cooling barriers and challenges
Keywords: Solar driven cooling systems, Air conditioning system, Energetic and economical, Solar Cooling Improvement, solar cooling Optimization
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