Solar Powered Air Conditioner Released

A company called GreenCore Air has released an air conditioner than can be powered by a single 170 watt solar panel. The GreenCore air conditioning unit can heat and cool a 600 square foot room. It runs on DC power, so there is no need to put an AC inverter between the solar panel and the air conditioner. This eliminates the power losses associated with converting AC to DC.

When the sun is not out the unit runs on the battery bank which is integrated within the unit.

There two version of the air conditioner: a fixed one, and a mobile one that is mounted on wheels.

Solar AC: GreenCore Fixed AC Unit

GreenCore units are being tested by a McDonald’s restaurant and the U.S. Navy.

Link: GreenCore Air (the website appears to have been shut down)

Here’s another company with a Solar AC product.

Comments 61

  1. Green Iowa Energy

    It seems that the company in the original post is long gone now. Sad. But other companies are developing solar air conditioners.

    The actual idea is great, not just because it runs of solar, but because of the efficiency of the air conditioners. Try to get a regular home a/c unit to run off of solar. You’re looking at several panels just to keep it running, and an extra 1 or 2 panels to charge the batteries needed to run it at night (which would also take many many batteries). Props to progress!

  2. Shanita Riggenbach

    I agree, but everyone needs to realize that adding Solar to their property is an asset which will increase the long term worth of their property if / when they decide to sell. With the environment the way it is going we are unable to disregard any system that provides 100 % free electricity at no cost to both the shopper and more importantly the world!

  3. Danny

    I own a 575sq.ft. home in the AZ desert. Summer temps can reach 110 – 117 degrees. Would this cool 450 sq.ft. of my home?

  4. Temitope OPayemi

    Hi everyone, for those of you who has interest in the solar aircon, please am looking for a distributors/agents in nigeria and other west african countries. Please send me your email and info. Please the MQO (Minimum Quantity Order) is 50PCS. THANKX

    temitopeopayemi@hotmail.co.uk

  5. ISIGUZO JOHN

    We are an electrical engeneering company
    in nigeria with over 10 years experince in aiternative energy service delivery.

    We would like to know the different ranges of DC powered air conditioner you have an there prices

    Please your prompt responce would be highly appreciated

    JOHN
    for:Kemjic nig ltd
    Email:johnkemjic@yahoo.com

  6. swithin suresh

    i would like to purchase a solar powered aircondictioner for my house .how does it work.please give me the avalablity of the unit and cost of the m/c

  7. shoukat

    I am constructed a house in BHOPAL (MP) and I need to install solar powered cooler and i need the agent for that area please give me some more address and tel no. to contact ur co. repesentatives

    thanks

  8. G. Jonathan

    I need information on solar ac to power small offices and rooms. There is a huge demand for it and would appreciate if you can advice me via my e mail as to price and other details asap

  9. DEEPAK KALRA

    FROM THE HOTTEST PART OF INDIA…..
    Hiii…..India’s most hottest part is Rajasthan….& we live in Punjab just nearby Rajasthan…..It’s so hot here in the months of MAR to SEPT…..sometimes the temperature touches 45 degree or more…………ELECTRICITY Position in overall India is Zero…..(in Punjab now-a-days are power cuts of 6-8 hrs daily)….It becomes Hell in these days..
    Dear…..if u send me the cost of AC….then we’ll plan to market it in the HOTTEST AREA OF INDIA

  10. SOHAIL KAMRAN

    Can anyone answer

    1) the installation cost per tone of refrigeration?
    2) minimum cpacity of such unit in terms of TR?
    3) technology description of the system.
    4) Kindly quote me the best possible price of solar Air Conditioner 1.5 KW.

    Prompt reply would be highly appreciated.

  11. K. G.

    And again…GRT. Now how about one for the roof of my nomadic van. Swamp cooler wont cut it and trying to get a portable ac unit to run directly from a battery hasnt proved useful to date. Any one with a solution?

  12. shiva

    Mr.Raj,
    We can supply you the centralised solar air-conditioned for your 3000 sq ft area house and the power consumption would be just about10 to 15% of the conventional compressor driven ACs.

    1. ashwin

      Hi,

      This is ashwin from chennai, shall be interested on the latest updates of solar inventions specially solar runned air conditioners, pls keep me uupdated.

      Ashwin

    2. raj

      Hi Siva
      Please do drop a line with the pricing and specifications to my email id – blog4raj@yahoo..com. Thanks. I wud be very much interested since my house construction is underway at this time. Thank you.

      Kind regards,

      raj

  13. Shams Marsella

    Bought one!!!!!!!
    I know someone who is dealing in Solar Ac,not surprisingly they are sold out as i have already placed order for 3 more sets for my Office.
    They claim that we can save approximately Rs. 800-1200/- directly proportional depending on the usage
    For Contact info you may reply me.

    1. ramya

      Hi shams, I live in south india. I am very keen to know some details about solar air conditioners , since we are constructing a 4000sq.ft house now. Thanks.

  14. Devendrasinh Chauhan

    Can anyone answer

    1) the installation cost per tonne of refrigeration?
    2) minimum cpacity of such unit in terms of TR?
    3) technology description of the system.

  15. Raj

    Looking for a solar power solution for air-conditioning, and also for the whole house. I am building a 3000 square feet house in South India where the climatic conditions are typically hot and humid for most part of the year. This product looks interesting. Would you be able to give a Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) costs to my email for providing solar powered air conditioning? Thanks in advance.

    Kind regards,
    Raj

  16. Arun udupa

    Hi I am looking for a solar airconditioning system for india. can you send me a quote stating how much will it cost right now to install for 1 ton of refrigeration, also include running and maintenance costs if any

  17. ky g.

    GRT. No how about one for the roof of my nomadic van. Swamp cooler wont cut it and trying to get a portable ac unit to run directly from a battery hasnt proved useful to date. Any one with a solution?

  18. vineet

    Hi I am looking for a solar airconditioning system for india. I have so many office buildings through out india. can you send me a quote stating how much will it cost right now to install for 1 ton of refrigeration, also include running and maintenance costs if any

  19. Shailesh Patel

    I want to buy solar A/C, so please send me price list of different capicity wise model which are available, & give me detail about power consumption if it is hybride A/C. Thanks

    1. Amit

      Do some research dude.

      This website is not a shop / company selling solar ACs.
      I am surprised how dumb some people can be. Assuming that they are kings and expecting the wole world to send them a quotation right into their mailboxes.

      If you are in India, a possible place to look for Solar ACs is as follows. But you need to do the footwork yourself. and find the costs etc yourself
      http://www.relsolar.com/images/Solar-AC-Solutions.jpg

      1. Kenny

        Amit – I want a solar system but your website here makes me confused. I am trying to find where you have the link to set-up my account and schedule to have the employee come explain how to set it up. I want to buy a solar air conditioner that does not cost money and installed quickly. The sun here is very hot for me. I am living at 5325 S. Wilshire and will like to meet you tomorrow at 11:30, yes? I will see you then.

    1. abubaker

      kindly let me know a package rate for 3 one ton airconditioner, 1 one hp motor , 5 fcl lamps and 3 fans and the maintenance cost.
      or one ton ac separate rate

      i wish to introduce commercial level.

      thanks

  20. Mohammed S. Arfo

    Thanks for the reminder, i will be really glad to hear from you when the product is in market for us. i am desperate to have it.

  21. John

    This is nothing new, it’s just an air conditioner that runs off DC power to avoid the power loss from the inverter. It’s still a freon, compressor based mechanical air conditioner and a photovoltaic solar panel.

    What is interesting are the solar air conditioners based on absorption chillers where it’s solar thermal panels that heat water and it is this hot water that drives the absorption cycle. Solar thermal collectors are one tenth the cost of photovoltaic although photovoltaics are coming down in price rapidly. Photovoltaics currently only uses one frequency of light energy whereas thermal solar collectors would use all of the sunlight. The payback period for a solar thermal system is two to five years while the payback period for photovoltaic is twenty five to thirty years.

    The downside of a thermal system are the potential for leaks (it is hot water) and the fact that there are very few small absorption chiller air conditioners available, most are intended for use on large campuses and provide hundreds of tons of cooling. I only know of two makes that are ten tons or less (there are some small RV solutions that use propane as the heat source). Another downside is that with a solar thermal system, there’s no selling back of energy to the utilities but since the majority of a home’s energy needs is for heating water, residential heating and air conditioning, it would make sense to meet most of the home’s energy needs with solar thermal and then only have a small photovoltaic array. Note that absorption chillers are designed to use natural gas burners as the heat source so you can have natural gas as the backup to solar.

  22. Pradeep Garlapati

    Hi I am looking for a solar airconditioning system for india. I have so many office buildings through out india. can you send me a quote stating how much will it cost right now to install for 1 ton of refrigeration, also include running and maintenance costs if any.

      1. Vikas Sharma

        Hi there,

        Can you please help me to fix and install a solar AC in my house. I live in North India.You can contact me on 0091-80546 82857.

        Regards,
        Vikas.

  23. Okon Ikono

    I am of a company which market solar energy solutions in Nigeria where conventional electricty power is grossly inadeuate. The yearning number one for the elites of the society is solar energy system for their airconditioners. This is going to be the biggest news of the century for them. When do we have the product in the market? Please contact me +234.80.51598664 as from Nov.7, 2008.

  24. P Nandkishor

    A Real useful product..especially in South India where the climate is extremely humid.
    I wonder if there is
    1.Common device that can for the entire apartment building.
    2.Unlike solar water heater..is there any solar water cooler?

  25. Suneel Naik

    Message from India

    This should be commercially exploited. It has
    to be explored place like India. I am from Mumbai, India. Closer to Mumbai and allover India due to heavy load shedding power cuts occur 6-8 hrs in a day. In some places it is 12-14 hrs. This concept is commercially viable considered to correct power scenerio.

    Need your feed back on options

  26. jeannie Leighton

    Hello My daughter live in Woodlands, Texas near Houston her ac broken down and they need to be repair so I wondering if will this solar ac work for this area if so please contact me asp or call my daughter to arrange someone to come and give us estimate for new ac or replacement
    510-326-5034. as soon possible thanks, Jeannie

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