Saudi researchers launch solar-powered cooling project

King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE) has launched a project designed; to demonstrate the effectiveness of renewable energies. Specifically, it aims to show how solar thermal technologies can help in industrial processes, in particular to power cooling systems.

In detail; it is part of the second round of an initiative of KACARE, under the patronage of its president, Khalid Al-Sultan; to localize renewable-energy technologies and empower the industrial sector in this field.

Moreover; this project will contribute to efforts to minimize the risks related to the use of solar cooling technology. KACARE shares the costs of bringing the technology to the Saudi market; so that it can prove its effectiveness in a real-world project in the Kingdom.

Developer Green Air aims to prove that locally made air conditioning units fitted with photovoltaic solar panels can provide between 70 and 90 percent of the energy needed for cooling. In cooperation with the Engineering Research Center at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals; the company will test its technology to prove its effectiveness using direct and indirect evaporative cooling.

This technology has exclusive license as well that meets standards set by the US Green Building Council, the Saudi Standards; Metrology and Quality Organization, and the Electrical Testing Laboratories.

As can be seen; the project will start within two locations owned by the National Agricultural Development Company and the United National Dairy Company.