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SOLAIR – Increasing the market implementation of solar air conditioning systems for small and medium applications in residential and commercial buildings

In most European countries the electricity consumption for air-conditioning is increasing dramatically and it is expected an increasing by a factor of 5 in 2020. Under these conditions the use of solar thermal energy for air-conditioning in buildings has a huge unexploited potential.

The objective of SOLAIR is to promote and to strengthen the use and market implementation of small and medium-sized solar air-conditioning (SAC) appliances. Focus is given to the residential and commercial sector, combining hot water supply and space heating with air-conditioning.

SOLAIR intends to resolve some major market obstacles, which are a limited awareness on know-how and available instruments in this field and the lack of available homogenous sets of information. Based on previous projects and acquired know-how, SOLAIR will create a set of instruments to assist the market growth of these technologies. Within four specific work packages a set of measures will be elaborated targeting at the relevant key market actors:

  • Supply side: engineers, plants designers, industry installers, technicians
  • Investors side: private investors for residential and commercial buildings
  • Technical promoters: energy agencies, thematic networks
  • Political decision makers and local authorities

Further projects on Solar Cooling: High Combi, Solar Combi+, IEA Task 38


Europäische Kommission, DG TREN (Intelligent Energy – Europe)

Project partner

Target GmbH (Koordinator)
Ambiente Italia
Centre for Renewable Energy Sources (CRES)
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung
e.V. (FhG-ISE)
Instituto National de Engenharia, Tecnologia e Inovacao, I.P. (INETI)
Province LECCE
Politecnico di Milano, dipartimento di energetica (POLIMI)
Ente Vasco de la Energie (EVE)
University of Ljubliana, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (UL-FME)
Federation of European heating and air-conditioning associations (REHVA)