2011-12 SENIOR DESIGN PROJECTS

Solar Cooling

Bob De Smith, Paul Kleyer, SamYang

Sponsor: Dordt College engineering department

The goal of the Solar Cooling team is to explore the potential of using solar thermal energy to power a refrigeration cycle—using renewable energy to provide refrigeration. An absorption refrigerator, which only requires thermal energy to run, was purchased and tested in order to learn about its performance and thermal input requirements. The possibility of using of solar thermal energy for refrigeration was then compared with using photovoltaic panels, which produce electricity.