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SZDLC chills under Graz SOLID GmbH’s large thermal solar systems

Solar Systems
25. March 2012

Austrian-based Graz SOLID GmbH, the specialist for large thermal solar systems, has provided the Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre (SZDLC) with a large solar thermal plant for space cooling. The installation of these solar systems brings to the forefront the potential of Solar Thermal Cooling in the Gulf region. The Austrian Trade Commission reports.

The Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre (SZDLC) is an integral part of the development of the Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort. The whole project involves the redevelopment of the 40-year old Al Ain Zoo to include a wildlife themed safari, destination resort, retail and residential communities. Located adjacent to the future main entrance of the Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort, the Centre is promoted as an exhibition and exploration of the natural and cultural history of the Arabian deserts, as well as deserts worldwide.
The Graz SOLID GmbH, the specialist for large thermal solar systems, has provided SZDLC with a large solar thermal plant for space cooling. The solar cooling delivers a peak power of 350 kW and is driven by 1138 m² of solar thermal collectors special.
Describing the system and its advantages, Harald Blazek, Head of project development, Graz SOLID GmbH says, “The system provides not only an example of the feasibility and technology demonstration in the desert climate but also makes the size of the facility a relevant contribution to the reduction of energy consumption on site.”
Through these and other measures, the building meets the highest requirements of the American "LEED Platinum rating" and the Arabic "ESTIDAMA - 5 rating Pearls".
The part of renewables compared to the total energy demand is approx. 20 %. In addition to the solar thermal plant photovoltaic panels will be installed with a surface of 1,500 sqm which will be integrated into the roof of the building. The Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre is one of the first projects, which is integrating large scale solar cooling.
Adds Blazek,” With an architecturally complex envelope, solar thermal cooling, photovoltaics, ground coupled ventilation, and many more sustainable concepts, the Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre definitely pushes the boundaries of design and provides an example for the region. We are really proud to be a part of such an iconic project.”  

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