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Mobile Air Conditioning (MAC): A technology landscape, challenges and opportunities for sustainable cooling

12/2020   |   Mr. Shanmuganathan K., Mr. Manjeet Singh

Cooling with its wide range of applications viz residence, commercial, transport and cold chain leaves a significant carbon footprint due to its colossal energy consumption and refrigerant practices. Within the transport segment, the controlled climate conditions and comfort levels are provided by the Mobile Air Conditioning (MAC) system, which is commonly known as car AC or vehicle AC system. The paper as part of the SHEETAL: Alliance for Sustainable Habitat, Energy Efficiency and Thermal Comfort for All project summarises the landscape of MAC system, with its genesis, principle of operations, nature to the Indian context, and technology status. The paper also explores key perspectives pertaining to MAC from the Indian Cooling Action Plan (ICAP), India’s strategic action plan on cooling over the next 20 years.