TAFE NSW is set to release the findings of a test which examined the feasibility of operating stand-alone solar powered air conditioning systems in a domestic setting.

The results of the test, which was funded by a $20,000 grant, will be released later this month.

The grant was provided by the ARBS Education and Research Foundation with equipment donated by companies covering all sections of the industry.

CCN understands suppliers and manufacturers were particularly generous.

A test site was established at the TAFE campus in Ultimo, Sydney with students from the TAFE Institute and higher education sector involved in the setup of the facility.

Students also monitored the performance of the equipment over the four seasons of the year.

ARBS Foundation executive director, David Eynon, said the project provided a highly valuable learning experience for all of the students.

Moreover, he said the research findings make a valuable contribution to the body of knowledge on the use of renewable energy sources driving domestic appliances.

“As the cost of energy continues to rise along with community expectations about reducing emissions the use of renewable energy to drive domestic appliances will expand,” Eynon said.

“The Foundation was very pleased with the outcome of the project. It proved to be an excellent example of collaboration between industry and the education sector.”

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