Cogenra to use solar power to run chillers

A demonstration project by Cogenra Solar and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) is aiming to use solar energy for cooling purposes.

The new project at the SoCalGas Energy Resource Center will use heat created by Cogenra’s solar cogeneration technology as a power source for running the building’s absorption chillers and air-conditioning systems, reports ZDNet.

Cogenra’s technology works by capturing energy not used for electricity generation and storing it in water. It turns out the heated water can be applied to run mechanical chillers, an application that SoCalGas is set to test in coming months.

The panels being used to run the demo installation offer a 50.2 MW capacity on the rooftop of the SoCalGas building.

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