How It Works
Hybrid Air Conditioning
The SunTrac thermal hybrid air conditioning system is a renewable energy method of adding pressure and heat to the refrigeration cycle which results in a decreased/displaced compressor workload, saving energy.
This hybrid-thermal approach displaces a portion of the mechanical energy used by variable capacity, multi-stage, and variable speed compressors, which keeps the compressor in low stage, low range or low capacity, while delivering full and part-load cooling requirements. This effect creates significant energy savings.
The system harnesses the sun’s energy by reflecting the light on parabolic mirrored concentrators. The light is focused on a copper pipe that is coated with specialized absorption paint. This concentrated parabolic array allows for a larger harvesting of energy with a smaller footprint.
At the top of the panel resides a photo-tracking eye that keeps the parabolas pointed at the sun, and rotate through-out the day. With built-in sensors and controls, the panel will maintain preset temperature bands, and will rotate out of the sun once max temperature is reached. The panel will then modulate the parabolas to maintain the temperature throughout the day, delivering consistent and regulated energy.
How It Works
The panel uses the sun’s heat to help the compressor use less energy
The panel tracks the sun, collecting radiant energy through copper piping
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