The Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating thinks so. It recently launched a Solar Cooling Special Technical Group to study solar cooling technologies, according to Most urban areas in Australia are located in subtropical and temperate regions with warm summers and mild winters. These weather conditions are perfectly suited to solar cooling systems.

The technology can turn solar heat into cooling by a thermal-driven cooling process which generates chilled water through solar collectors and an absorption cooling machine or chiller capable of converting heat into cold. The cold is delivered to the building by a dry cool air or chilled water mechanism.

AIRAH chief executive Phil Wilkinson said the goal of creating the group was to support and encourage the application of solar cooling systems and to provide an information clearinghouse for those working in the solar cooling industry.

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