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Renewable Energies for Cooling

As climate change leads to higher average temperatures and, in particular, increases the risk of summer heat waves, there will be an increasing cooling demand in order to adapt to climate change in the future. The use of cooling systems based on renewable energies creates an opportunity to reduce CO2 emissions at the same time.

E.g., solar collectors, geothermal and groundwater energy can contribute to cooling in higher quantity. The facilities can provide energy for heating and cooling depending on the actual climate conditions during the year. Examples from Upper Austria can be found in the respective best practice sheet of the measure Air-Conditioning in the AMICA Adaptation Tool.

Another possibility is the use of the energy contained in rainwater basins for cooling. An example from the Netherlands is described in the best practice sheet of the measure Blue Roofs in the AMICA Adaptation Tool.