Multifunctional Facade with PV for Solar Autonomous Cooling Applications

Tim Selke, Thomas Schlager, Marcus Rennhofer, Andreas Heinz, Daniel Brandl, Thomas Mach

Publikation: Beitrag in Buch/Bericht/KonferenzbandBeitrag in einem KonferenzbandBegutachtung


The objective of the Austrian research project COOLSKIN is the development, assessment and functionality approval of a façade-integrated energy system for cooling. Façade integrated photovoltaic modules directly convert the solar irradiation onto the vertical surface into electricity, which operates the compressor unit of a heat pump cycle for controlling the indoor temperature of the adjacent room. The COOLSKIN system concept addresses a) decentralization of the energy supply and b) energy autarky by the usage of solar electricity, i.e. no external energy sources are required. Methods to fulfil the project requirements are i) elaborated system simulations, ii) experimental tests with a functional model of the system and iii) field tests under real operating
conditions. With this paper, the authors present the a) specification of the COOLSKIN system design and b) first results and findings of both conducted system simulation and laboratory test measurements of electric components.
TitelISES Solar World Congress 2017
UntertitelIEA SHC International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry © 2017.
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - Juli 2018
VeranstaltungISES Solar World Congress 2017 - Abu Dhabi, Vereinigte Arabische Emirate
Dauer: 29 Okt. 20172 Nov. 2017


KonferenzISES Solar World Congress 2017
Land/GebietVereinigte Arabische Emirate


  • Cooling
  • facade system
  • PV

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Erneuerbare Energien, Nachhaltigkeit und Umwelt

Fields of Expertise

  • Sustainable Systems

Treatment code (Nähere Zuordnung)

  • Experimental


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