A Solar Cooling Special Technical Group that aims to develop industry practitioner skills, provide solar cooling information and encourage better communication between stakeholders has been launched by the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating.
The Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) has launched a Solar Cooling Special Technical Group (STG). AIRAH CEO, Phil Wilkinson says the aims of the AIRAH Solar Cooling STG are to be an advocate of solar cooling, to develop industry practitioner skills, to provide a hub for solar cooling information sharing and to encourage better communication between stakeholders.
“By developing skills and capacity in the use of solar cooling technology, the AIRAH Solar Cooling STG will help enable the HVAC industry to access new business opportunities in the renewable energy industry,” Wilkinson states.
Dr Stephen White from CSIRO Energy Technology adds that the AIRAH Solar Cooling STG will address barriers to the development of a vibrant solar air-conditioning industry across Australia. He says the STG has a number of tasks it will implement in order to achieve its goal of growing skills and capacity building.
These initiatives include developing a comprehensive web portal; holding a regular conference to share information and recognise project excellence; delivering quality solar cooling training; preparing an industry roadmap; submitting responses to government public consultation processes; contributing to solar cooling standard development; and supporting AIRAH’s Dennis Joseph Award for the innovative use of solar energy in HVAC&R.
“The AIRAH Solar Cooling STG will develop a work plan to promote a level playing field for HVAC-based solutions in the renewable industry,” White says. “The STG will also disseminate the latest technical information on solar cooling – taking advantage of standards, guides and tools.”