Searching for Solar Powered Air Conditioning in Australia

We have been saying for a while that what the world needs is a good solar powered air conditioner; (the pictured unit is an evaporative cooler and needs water) In Australia, the building advisory service of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects has been saying the same thing, and is complaining about the governments $ 30 million dollar investment in CO2 geosequestration when they should be looking at how to avoid making greenhouse gas, not how to bury it. "Energy authorities have been warning for years that the explosion of power-hungry airconditioners in Australia threatens the stability of the electrical grid during peak power demands during summer," [Architcentre Manager] Mr Hallett says. "When demand is at its highest, potential solar energy supply is also at its highest. This is a natural association and should be a key strategy." ::Herald Sun
In January, Mr Robert Caulfield, Managing Director of Archicentre said: "With increasing temperatures due to climate change we need to be implementing a solar powered air conditioning strategy nationally with the latest existing technology and new technology yet to be developed.

"Energy authorities have been warning for years that the explosion of power hungry air conditioners in Australia threatens the stability of the electrical grid during peak power demands in summer.

"When this demand is at its highest, potential solar energy supply is also at its highest level. This is a natural association.

"The Government has just announced a $30 million research project to bury carbon dioxide through geosequestration. This suggests that governments are committed to burning more coal rather than looking at creative new 21st century technologies."

Mr Caulfield said that this is confirmation that Australia is addicted to coal and it is like telling a smoker to cut back from 40 a day to 35 and use filter tips rather than suggesting they quit.

"Our energy and climate problems are a clear and present danger and one has to ask the question why all of the Government funded agencies supposed to be dealing with issues of the greenhouse have not been coming forward with a plan to develop solar powered air conditioners.

"Australia has a fantastic opportunity to develop and patent new non fossil fuel technologies that have world wide application.

"Australia's energy planning bureaucracies appear to be in the dark over the latest technologies or are unable to find Google on their computers." ::Archicentre

We don't agree about that- there is very little to find on Google about Solar Air Conditioners that makes any sense at all.

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