Green Exchange to Pilot Use of Cutting Edge Solar Thermal Technology
Green Exchange is pleased to announce today that they have
been selected to be one of four major projects in Illinois that will employ solar thermal air
conditioning technology. This system will use heat energy generated by solar thermal panels
to cool a portion of the Green Exchange facility.
Green Exchange, the country's largest sustainable business community, will install 90 solar
thermal panels and a 10-ton water cooled chiller on the rooftop which will generate air
conditioning for a portion of the building. In this solar thermal system, solar heat is used to drive the cooling process while also providing domestic hot water.
"This is an elegant technology," says Sachin Anand of dbHMS, Chief Mechanical Engineer
for Green Exchange. We are able to double the effectiveness of the solar thermal panels.
In the summer months the panels will naturally create more hot water than is necessary for
the building. The solar thermal approach allows us to turn this sustainable surplus into a
cost-effective and efficient way to cool the building."
Creating a dual purpose for the solar thermal panels will invariably increase the demand for
this product thereby increasing production and installation needs as well. This can only
bode well for the advancement of the green collar workforce and the green economy overall.
"Creating demand for green products and services is the key to stimulating the green collar
economy," says Ted Wysocki, President and CEO of Chicago's LEED (Local and Economic
and Employment Development) Council. "For a highly visible project like Green Exchange
to embrace this new technology elevates awareness of how effective solar thermal panels
can be. This can only help to generate greater demand for the product."
Compared to conventional air conditioning, this system will save energy, reduce operating
costs and decrease greenhouse gas emissions. The solar thermal air conditioning system
provides an energy savings of about $3,500 per year and a reduction of 17 metric tons of
green house gas emissions. The dual use for both cooling and hot water increases the
system's efficiency and takes advantage of the sun's natural energy year-round. Green
Exchange was awarded a solar thermal grant in 2007 through the Illinois Department of
Commerce and Economic Opportunity to partially fund this project.
"This system can be easily replicated and we hope that more developers will use a similar
system and incorporate alternative sources of energy in their projects," says David Baum,
co-developer of Green Exchange. "The solar thermal air conditioning system has broad
applicability in Chicago and the rest of the county."
More Alternative Energy Articles
Department of Energy to Train 75,000 Solar Workers
First Hybrid-Flywheel Energy Storage Plant in Europe announced in Midlands
World's Largest Solar Thermal Power Project at Ivanpah Achieves Commercial Operation
NTU Scientists Make Breakthrough Solar Technology
Wireless Devices Go Battery-Free Using "Ambient Backscatter" from TV and Cellular Transmissions
Harvesting Electricity from the Greenhouse Gas Carbon Dioxide
Maine Project Launches First Grid-Connected Offshore Wind Turbine in the U.S.
University Researcher Making Rechargeable Batteries with Layered Nanomaterials
Vestas 8 MW Offshore Wind Turbine Could Power Up To 3200 Homes
Urban Green Energy and GE Unveil the Sanya Skypump, an Electric-Vehicle Charging Station Equipped with Wind and Solar Power
even more articles...
Suggest an Article for Green Progress