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Promoting Use of Solar Cooling and Heating in Australia (PUSCH)

Capacity building and knowledge sharing project to support the Australian building industry.

  • $399k

    ARENA Funding

  • $876k

    Total Project Value

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.

Project Basics

ARENA Program

Advancing renewables

Lead Organisation


Start Date

Oct 2017

Project Partners





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.

Contact information

Subbu Sethuvenkatraman

02 4960 6135

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