The SkyCool team has focused its efforts on the design, permitting and implementation of its technology at two refrigeration sites in California. The two demonstration systems will be in commercial refrigeration applications and used to show the energy savings potential of radiative cooling in the different climate zones of California. The first demonstration system was implemented in Q4 of 2021 and the second site is being designed now and will be installed in the first half of 2022.
This project is demonstrating a technology that will enable new and existing refrigeration systems to run more efficiently. The technology being demonstrated is a rooftop-mounted, radiative sky-cooling panel that has a specialized film to enable daytime radiative cooling. The panels cool without evaporating water and only require electricity to run a small circulating pump. The cooling effect from the panels occurs all day, which is well aligned with the 24/7 operation of refrigeration systems in supermarkets and air conditioning systems in data centers and hotels. In this project, SkyCool Panels will demonstrate its use cases at two sites. The first site will use the panels as a passive subcooler in a commercial supermarket to increase the refrigeration system efficiency as much as 10%. The second site will build off learnings from the first site to focus on scaling the system for broad applications.
This project will demonstrate lower operating costs in commercial buildings with the reduction of electricity usage of a commercial air conditioning system by 50% and a commercial refrigeration system by 10%.
Deployment of SkyCool panels can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the electricity consumed from the grid and do not use high-GWP refrigerants. SkyCool panels also reduce water consumption associated with cooling
Deployment of SkyCool panels can improve grid reliability by reducing facility peak demand. The highest demand for electricity is typically during summer afternoons/early evening when the demand for cooling is greatest.