A week or two ago, I posted about McDonald’s going green because of their purchase of Solar Air Conditioners from Greencore. Apparently, also the U.S. Navy has ordered a few for their use.
GreenCore Technology Inc., formerly AquaCell Technologies Inc., has received an order from the United States Navy for its solar-powered air conditioners, which will be installed in a remote laboratory site operated by the Naval Research Laboratories (NRL).
You can download the Solar air conditioner’s technical specs here. Model GC10200 – 2, the one that comes with the 170watt solar panel can provide a cooling capacity of 10,200BTU/hr. It has 2 batteries (450AH each).
The solar air conditioner runs on DC so no inverter is needed. I think that’s great since normally, there are power losses attributed to power conversions from DC to AC or AC to DC.
The only drawback I can see as of now is that it weighs about 500 to 900 lbs depending on the model. It may not be applicable for residential applications yet but give it a few years, I guess they’ll be offering models for residential application.
[via mae.pennet.com ]