Your Questions About Solar Powered Air Conditioner

Donald asks…

Is there such thing as a solar powered air conditioner? If so, how do you get one?

If there was such thing as a solar powered air conditioner how can you get one and how much? Think of how much electricity that would save! Especially in the summer when it gets really hot and lots of people waste so much energy and power just to cool down their whole house. Is there anything that can explain how this can be done?

ssadmin answers:

*****deleting this:Yeah, solar power doesn't give enough energy to make it work it. You would waste more money on a roof full of panels just to power that one A/C.****

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Then again, I found this…
Http://www.news.com/2300-11392_3-6168612-1.html
and
http://www.solcool.net/

Chris asks…

Solar Powered Air Conditioner?

Is it possible to take a one room air conditioner and make it solar powered? How can I go about doing this?

ssadmin answers:

Doable but expensive. Your better off buying a portable/fixed solar powered evaporative cooling unit.

It would be fairly easy and reasonable money wise, to run the A/C fan off of solar.

You could run other items off of solar, like lights, etc.

But the best overall solution is to install a grid tied system. You can start as small as you want(or what the power company dictates) and then add on. It's expensive to generate your total need. For my house where I live the system is over $55,000.00. But you can offset it.

A grid tied system generates power for the electrical company and that power goes into the electrical grid. The power company installs a new meter, if necessary that spins in both directions. So, if your system is producing more power than you are using, the meter spins backwards. Should you generate a surplus of power your bills will show a credit and/or the power company will pay you a rate per kilowatt hour of power.

Along with your grid tied system and transfer switch to disconnect you from the grid, you can also install a battery bank. The system can keep your batteries charged and send power to the grid. When the power goes out, you can disconnect from the grid and use your batteries to keep essential items running(refrigerator, lights, a well pump for water, etc)

For backup power you'd probably be better off with a generator system. But for small outages, batteries could get you buy.

Solar power can be affordable. If you are a do-it yourselfer you can make an inexpensive system for $300 or less that you can run a light, fan, laptop, etc off of. You could most likely power your most used room for a reasonable amount of $$.

Donna asks…

Where can I get a solar powered air conditioner to replace my rooftop evaporative cooler/ swamp cooler? Thx,PB

This is an evaporative cooler: http://www.consumerenergycenter.org/home/heating_cooling/evaporative.html
It blows moistened air down through the house's vents, which are near the ceiling, and out a few slightly openned windows or doors (to create a breaze).

ssadmin answers:

The cost on solar panels would be prohibitive. You would have to have enough panels to produce enough power to run the a/c unit, and depending on what size a/c would determine how many panels would be required. Photo/voltaic panels that produce that much energy are very,very expensive. Also most panels produce dc current, air conditioning units are, for the most part a/c current.

Sandy asks…

Looking to buy a solar powered air-conditioner?

Can anybody provide me a link to buy solar powered airconditioner.

ssadmin answers:

There are a few companies in Germany that sell them. The equipment takes up a lot of space, so they are designed for businesses more than houses.

Maria asks…

How to Make a Solar-Powered Air Conditioner?

das any one have a way to make a air conditioner that i could put a soler panel from a soler light on and have it run it wile its in the sun i want to have a air conditioner that will run off the grid

ssadmin answers:

It can be done.

You will need a solar panel that is about 100 square feet in size (10 ft x 10 ft) with a battery storage unit and a DC-to-AC converter for the air conditioner. This will give you about 1000 watts of power, and will cost about 10,000 dollars. You can run a small window-unit type air conditioner.

The battery stores power while the sun is bright so that the air conditioner will keep running if a cloud passes over. When the sun goes down, though, the batteries will run down and you won't have any air conditioning.

For the air conditioner to run all day and night, you will need at least three times as much solar panel space, so that means at least 3000 square feet, and a large enough battery to store all that extra energy for the air conditioner to use at night.

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