Building integrated micro - Generation systems for cooling, heating, and dehumidification in hot and humid climate zones Conference

cited authors

  • Spiegelhalter, T

fiu authors


  • Out-of-control peak loads, power outages, and billions of dollars losses are often faced in hot and humid seasons through extensive fossil-fuel based electrical operated building air-cooling systems, barely capable of meeting the rising energy demand. The resulting fossil energy use and CO2 emissions are expected to increase continuously. However, the fact that peak cooling demand are associated with high solar radiation offers an excellent opportunity to exploit the use of combinations of passive climate design mitigation strategies with building integrated micro-energy generation systems that can match heat-driven space cooling strategies. Those are of particular interest in urban areas where adverse outdoor conditions of high outdoor pollution and the urban heat island effect, encourage the use of air-conditioning with a direct negative impact on peak loads. Suitable energy efficient building integrated hybrid technology such as combined solar assisted cooling and heating, decoupled dehumidification and air supply systems can help alleviate the problem as it is already increasingly practiced in the US, Europe and Asia. This paper will assess from the architect's point of view research results of US, European, and Asian innovative projects with solar micro-regeneration systems for combined production of electricity, heating and cooling for 5 to 2000 kW applications.

publication date

  • December 1, 2011

start page

  • 651

end page

  • 657