As in most countries, Jordan`s demand for air conditioning is expected to double by 2030 in comparison to 2015. The increase is due to several factors such as a general increase in living standards or the generally increasing temperatures due to climate change. Solar thermal driven refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) is particularly attractive to high ambient temperature countries with a high rate of solar radiation.
Within a GIZ-project, two solar thermal cooling units using absorption technology and dry re-cooling were installed in Amman and Petra in 2015. Following this successful installation, a practitioner's handbook describing the planning and implementation of solar thermal cooling technologies has been developed. The guide supports engineers, technicians and maintenance personnel in understanding the available technological options and functionality of the individual components of solar cooling appliances.
The handbook was realized by the project Solar Cooling in Industry and Commerce (SCIC) of GIZ in cooperation with the Ministry of Jordan, and financed by the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB (opens in a new window)). The guide can be downloaded here (opens in a new window).