Austin Solar Air Conditioning
"The sunshine that strikes American roads each year contains more energy than all the fossil fuels used by the entire world."
- Denis Hayes, President of the Bullitt Foundation
There is no question that the sun provides an incredible source of energy; the difficulty is in capturing that energy effectively and putting it to practical use. Although the more commonly known PV, or photovoltaic, solar panels are effective, the electricity generated is used to operate your household lighting, computers, and appliances. Given that your air conditioning unit generally requires the most electricity to operate, especially during the hot summer months, the most efficient AC system would operate fully on the power of the sun.
Enter Austin Solar AC, providing a heating and cooling system that requires no electricity to drive the air conditioning cycle. The parabolic trough thermal solar system provides the required energy to operate the air conditioning unit. The air cooled chiller is itself a cleaner and more efficient system than standard air conditioning units.
The only electricity used is to power a small water pump and the fan, using about 1/15 the electricity of a conventional Freon air conditioner. This electricity is also provided from Solar Energy with a small PV collector.
The diagram above shows sunlight striking the parabolic solar energy collector located on the roof of a home. The collector heats up the transfer fluid, which is held in a special storage tank. This heat is then used to power the absorption cycle air conditioning unit. Home heating and hot water can also be provided utilizing the solar energy collected.
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Our Solar AC Unit
Austin Solar AC utilizes an absorption cycle to provide cooling and heating to homes and businesses. The chiller is a solar energy fired absorption unit producing chilled water. The water is chilled to 3-5 degrees centigrade, then is used to air condition the building. Available with an optional integrated heat recovery system simultaneously providing hot water, the system can also replace your water heater. The hot water is produced via the absorption cycle, which means no additional cost or additional power is required. Our unit is environmentally friendly with no pollution emissions and no utilization of refrigerants like Freon.
Systems are available with capacities of 3, 5 and 10 tons of cooling, with or without hot water generation.