WESTPORT, Conn. - Solar products, trends, and technologies and their role in the HVACR marketplace will take center stage at the 2011 International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) set for Jan. 31-Feb. 2 in Las Vegas.

In addition to a number of new solar products on display, there will be more than a dozen seminars focused on solar topics, as well as demonstrations of solar technology, provided throughout the three days of the expo.

“Solar is one of the fastest-growing segments of the many sustainable technologies featured at the show,” said Clay Stevens, president of International Exposition Co., which produces and manages the AHR Expo. “At least 54 companies we know of will be featuring solar products. ASHRAE and other leading industry organizations have created special solar educational sessions for AHR Expo, and the UA Green Trailer will be providing ongoing solar demonstrations.”

On the educational front, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) will be offering 10 solar-focused sessions ranging from a forum on “The Role of Solar and Other Renewable Energy Sources in Strategic Energy Planning” to several seminars on such topics as “Integrating Solar and Hydronic Heating for Residential and Small Commercial Systems.” The International Energy Agency (IEA) will be conducting a Solar Cooling Workshop, andPM Livewill be offering two sessions dealing with Hydronic Design for Solar Thermal and Hydronic Heat Pump Systems.

At the same time, the United Association (UA) will be demonstrating solar energy production and storage, as well as solar water heating, in its Sustainable Technologies Demonstration Training (Green) Trailer on the show floor. Designed to highlight sustainable systems that could be included in a U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification system Platinum-rated building, the trailer is fully functional and interactive so AHR Expo attendees can experience the systems’ proper installation and operation.

Stevens added that many of the more than 1,800 exhibitors will also be showcasing green/sustainable products and dozens of educational sessions relating to energy efficiency will be offered.

For more information, current schedule, and registration information, visit www.ahrexpo.com.

Publication date:12/20/2010