Solar Cooling Integrated Façades: Main Challenges in Product Development for Widespread Application

Hamza Hamida*, Thaleia Konstantinou, Alejandro Prieto, Tillmann Klein, Ulrich Knaack

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The global attention to solar cooling systems has increased during the last years as a result of the expected growth in the world cooling demand. Such systems encompass the use of renewable energy as the main driver for mitigating indoor temperatures. Currently, some of these technologies are mature enough for their commercial application in buildings. Building facades present high potential for the integration of such technologies. This is because of their direct effect on the indoor comfort of buildings, and also their ability to provide external surfaces exposed to the sun radiation. However, there are different challenges affecting the widespread application of solar cooling integrated façades. This paper aims to identify and categorize these challenges through conducting a comprehensive literature review. A literature review was conducted on scientific papers published in conference proceeding and scientific journals, through considering two databases, namely Scopus and Web of Science. Then the study suggested three main potential dimensions that should be tackled and integrated when supporting the widespread application of the façade integration a particular solar cooling technology. The dimensions include technical, financial, as well as process and stakeholder related aspects. Such proposed dimensions represent an initial step for identifying important aspects to be considered for supporting the product widespread application in the built environment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCLIMA 2022 Conference
Subtitle of host publicationThe 14th REHVA HVAC World Congress
Place of PublicationDelft
PublisherTU Delft Open
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventCLIMA 2022: Towards digitalized, healthy, circular and energy efficient HVAC - Rotterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 22 May 202225 May 2022


ConferenceCLIMA 2022
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  • solar cooling
  • façade
  • challenges
  • widespread
  • product development


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