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Taqa trials solar-powered aircon system

on Jan 15, 2013

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Abu Dhabi's National Energy Company, TAQA, has announced that it has begun a pilot project to carry out a rooftop solar air conditioning project in Abu Dhabi alongside US-based solar technology specialist Chromasun.

Taqa has installed 27 of Chromasun's Micro-Concentrator solar panes on the roof of the Abu Dhabi Transmission & Despatch Co (TRANSCO). The panels will provide clean, renewable solar energy to the building's air-conditioning system at peak hours, the company said. The MCTs have been specifically designed to operate in hot, dusty areas and produce more energy per roof area than other systems.

The head of Taqa's Energy Solutions division, Dr Saif Al Sayari said: “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.”

The pilot project on a 1,000 ft2 roof area will run for 16 months to assess its commercial viability. Taqa owns an 8% stake in Chromasun.