Solar Airconditioning | Cooling Solar Technology Available

 

With temperatures reaching a scorching forty degrees across most of Australia, the increased use of an airconditioning unit is inevitable for most households. But how do you keep the costs down when you need to run an airconditioning unit for four months of the year?

A Melbourne company, Solar ACDC might just have the answer.


Key points:

  • New solar airconditioning designs hit Australian markets.
  • The return on investment for the innovative design is only one to two years.
  • Want to power more than just an aircon? Solar Market connects you with complimentary quotes from local CEC accredited solar installers in your area.

Solar Aircon

When Dr Caroline Rogers went on the hunt for a new airconditioning unit for her upstairs study she stumbled across a Melbourne based company that produces solar air conditioning units with inbuilt panels.

“It’s just so neat,” says Dr Caroline Rogers. “The sun comes up, it feels a bit hot and immediately the airconditioning comes on. I love the idea of turning the heat from the sun into cool air.”

“And for winter, it’s reverse-cycle, so it’ll be warm in winter as it is cool in summer.”

The new generation design by Solar ACDC, has become a popular solution for city dwellers that may not be able to install full-package roof-top solar solutions.

By delivering a necessary commodity to the Australian people with a renewable twist, Solar ACDC aims to assist households in going off-grid.

As well as being marketed for city dwellers, the unique design also offers great solar airconditioning solutions to rural areas with poor power grid infrastructure.

In addition, as part of the My Age Care scheme, solar airconditioning can be installed for free.

How Does The Solar Airconditioning Work?

As explained by Rob Miravet from Solar ACDC, “ the system comprises an auto-start function that turns on when there’s enough power in the morning, and then turns itself off in the afternoon once there’s less sunlight.”

The solar airconditioners use photovoltaic solar panels to power the units which are fully DC. This means that even in a blackout the aircon can keep running as normal.

Retailing from around $4000, Solar ACDC claims that over a lifetime the solar airconditioning unit can save its buyers between $8000 and $30,000 in a lifetime.

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Understanding Batteries

Off-Grid Systems

For some households a battery system can be of great benefit and minimise a home’s reliance on the grid. However, it’s important to understand for a battery to be useful your solar system needs to be generating excess energy for the battery to store, which you can then use at night or when the sun is not out.

When selecting a battery, you’ll want to invest in a system that is most suited to your home and can drive the best return on investment (ROI). Despite a larger upfront cost, a higher quality battery may significantly increase your ROI.

    Battery systems start from $6,000 and costs can vary greatly based on the following factors:

  1. Cycle Life-Time

    The number of times a battery can fully charge and discharge.

  2. Battery Power (kW)

    How fast it can be charged or discharged.

  3. Storage Capacity (kWh)

    The maximum amount of energy a battery system can store.

  4. Battery Management System (BMS)

    An electronic ‘smart’ system that gathers data and manages the battery ensuring it does not overload or operate outside of its safe functioning zone..

  5. Inverter

    Battery systems require their own inverter if your solar system does not have a hybrid inverter.

  6. 'All-In-One Unit’

    A system which includes the battery, BMS and an inverter all in one unit.

  7. Warranty

    Length of time or cycles the battery system is under guarantee.

  8. Blackout Protection/Backup

    It’s important to note this is not a common feature of a battery system and could cost thousands of dollars to include. Blackout protection not only requires additional components but also a specialised installation and rewiring. For grid-connected homes, the cost for blackout protection can outweigh the benefit.

Additionally, if your purpose for adding battery is to go Off-Grid and become completely independent from the grid you will need to ensure your solar system can generate enough energy to power your home and your battery system is large enough to store this energy. For homes in metro areas going Off-grid is not cost effective and is only recommended for those in remote areas with limited access to the grid. Off-grid solar systems with battery start at approximately $30,000.
 

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