TAQA begins solar cooling pilot
Project with Chromasun will test MCT panels at TRANSCO building
Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) has announced that it is set to start a pilot project to test the feasibility of roof-top solar air-conditioning in Abu Dhabi, with US-based colar firm Chromasun.
The firm has installed 27 Chromasun Micro-Concentrator (MCT) solar panels on the roof of Abu Dhabi Transmission & Despatch Company (TRANSCO), with the intention that the concentrated solar panels will provide a renewable source of energy for the building’s air conditioning system at peak times.
“We are delighted to see the Chromasun MCT technology being tested in the UAE. In addition to significant energy savings, roof-top solar cooling technology has great potential for peak-shaving which will result in reduced emissions and better grid efficiency,” said Dr Saif Al Sayari, TAQA Executive Officer and head of its Energy Solutions division.
TRANSCO managing director, David Copestake, said of the project: “We continuously seek ways to use advanced technology to achieve better efficiency in Abu Dhabi’s power generation networks so we are immensely proud and honoured to be participating in such an initiative.”
TAQA currently holds an 8% stake in Chromasun, and will test the technology over a 16 month period to test its commercial viability.