Johnson Controls Combines Chillers With Hybrid Solar Thermal, PV
Johnson Controls is expanding its existing absorption chiller technology by integrating Cogenra solar modules as part of a complete solar cooling solution to reduce energy costs for large buildings.
The company will combine its high-efficiency chillers with Cogenra’s hybrid solar thermal and photovoltaic (PV) technologies. Johnson Controls will begin selling Cogenra’s solar chilling technology to its customers in North America, and potentially in the Middle East as well.
Cogenra’s solar chilling technology uses mirrors and a tracking system to capture the sun’s energy and focus the sunlight onto an array of photovoltaic solar collectors to produce electricity and hot water at the same time. The solar-heated hot water is used in place of electricity or natural gas to power an air conditioning process.
The combined solution is especially cost-effective in hot, sunny environments like Arizona or California, capturing energy from the sun while leveraging Johnson Controls’ York absorption chiller, which features PV waste-heat recovery technology, converting 75 percent of the sun’s rays into energy.
The solar-cooling system integrates into any building controls system, including Johnson Controls’ Metasys building management system.
- Increase the Value of Demand Response Through Automation
- Improve Occupant Comfort & Reduce Energy Costs Through Humidity Control
- Shifting the Focus from End-of-Life Recycling to Continuous Product Lifecycles
- The Missing Puzzle Piece: Automated Utility Data Aggregation
- 2015 Insider Knowledge
- Planning for a Sustainable Future
- Energy Manager Today Awards Top Products and Top Projects of the Year
- 2016 Energy and Sustainability Predictions - Findings from Leading Professionals
- Verdantix Green Quadrant for EHS Software
- How the IoT is Reshaping Building Automation