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Project overview
  • Lead Organisation



    New South Wales

    ARENA Program

    Advancing Renewables

  • Start Date

    June 2016



  • Project Partners
    VIPAC, Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air conditioning and Heating


This project is about capacity building and knowledge sharing, to support the Australian building industry to adopt solar cooling and heating technologies through training, Australian case studies and various knowledge dissemination activities. This project will also deliver an industry roadmap to overcome barriers and assist with market transformation.


Solar Cooling and Heating technologies remain underutilised in the Australian building sector, despite space heating and cooling being responsible for 7% of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions and up to 50% of Australia’s electricity infrastructure peak demand.

This project through its capacity building activities will provide inputs towards addressing the skills, industry awareness and knowledge barriers associated with increased market uptake of SCH technologies.

Project innovation

Solar Cooling and Heating system performance and energy efficiency opportunities are not well understood within the wider industry. Monitoring of three case study sites will address this need providing better understanding of operational benefits of solar heating and cooling technologies.

The project activities will be monitored through a steering group and an industry expert group. These expert groups include \ industry representatives, building industry representatives, solar thermal industry representatives and consultants. As a result, it is expected that the project activities will meet industry needs.


The outcomes of the project will provide the Government and industry with a better understanding of the strengths, weaknesses, risks and potential investment opportunities within the Solar Cooling and Heating industry.

Last updated 25 June 2019
Last updated
25 June 2019
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