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Airconditioner on solar energy

  1. Jan 14, 2006 #1
    hey frenz ,
    Plz let me know about an Airconditioner working on solar energy.How does it work.Wheather any reaserch is going on this project?
    Is any breakthrough has happened?Any help is welcome.
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  3. Jan 14, 2006 #2


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    What do you mean an air-conditioner that runs on solar energy? Most electrical air conditioners are connected to some sort of power supply and yes, that power supply can be a solar generator but as far as i know, theres no such thing as a stand-alone air conditioner that runs on solar power. They require a LOT of power that solar energy cannot supply on a self-contained unit. You can have one that is powered by a solar grid that's attached to the air conditioner... but I just don't see anyone even wanting to make it into a self-contained unit.
  4. Jan 15, 2006 #3
    Well if someone asked me to design one I would consider a sterling engine (solar powered though focusing by mirrors or whatever) running a pump that moves fluid around a closed loop. This loop would be buried in the ground where the temperature is a constant 50 some degrees F year round. Run this fluid through a heat exchanger and you have an air conditioner. A solar powered heat pump for heating in the winter seems kind of silly though so I doubt I would expand on this idea.
  5. Jan 19, 2006 #4
    Solar powered fan, blowing across a block of ice! Air- conditioning!:biggrin:
  6. Jan 19, 2006 #5
    I'm thinking "solar-powered umbrella"...
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