EME 811
Solar Thermal Energy for Utilities and Industry

8.4. Assignment


Solar cooling is a field of great interest for the buildings industry. Solar gains driving cooling loads, and as such, if utilized to drive a cooling system would result in synchronized cooling loads and cooling energy supply. Consider the cooling of your home, apartment, or office during the cooling season. If you are in a region where there is little or no cooling requirement, please imagine your home, apartment, or office in a location where you would need a cooling system. What passive solutions would reduce your cooling requirements? Chapter 15 of the D&B text provides some detailed system schematics and specifications for typical solar cooling systems to give you some ideas.

Deliverable: Lesson 8 Assignment

Write up a 200-300 word mini-proposal of your solar cooling solution(s) for your built environment of choice. Include two schematics:

  • a floor plan of your area (site map) with solar access, obstacles (trees), orientation, and location; and
  • a schematic of solar cooling system design (including collectors, pumps, fans, pipes, heat exchangers, and tanks) that would help to address your cooling load

Prepare both schematics using any convenient software (Power Point, CAD, SketchUp, etc.). Please insert your graphics to your proposal document and save as PDF. Submit your report as a single PDF file to the Lesson 8 Assignment  dropbox in Canvas by 11:55 pm Wednesday night.