Interim Standards Set Out For Solar Cooling Technology
“This Interim Standard is a world-first and sets out a method of evaluating the annual energy performance of solar cooling and heating systems,” says Colin Blair, the CEO of Standards Australia.
Mr Blair says the Interim Standard AS 5389 (Int) – 2013 Solar heating and cooling systems-Calculation of energy consumption standard uses test results for components and a mathematical model, to determine the amount of supplementary conventional energy needed to provide comfort in a standardized Australian home in a range of climates.
The procedure is applicable to solar air conditioners capable of space heating, cooling or both; with or without water heating, says Standards Australia. The interim standard covers testing and reporting of the energy performance characteristics of desiccant-based air conditioners.
The Interim Standard was prepared by the Australian members of the Joint Standards