The Solar Solution

I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that. - Thomas Edison, to Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone, 1931

Harnessing the power of the sun to provide clean energy has been an ultimate goal for centuries, but it has taken some time for that idea to become a reality. Great advances have been made in recent years, yet solar energy produced using PV (Photo Voltaic) panels has remained too cost prohibitive to provide solar power systems to generate electricity to the general public.

Thermal solar power has been used widely to heat water, to heat pools, and reduce hot water costs. Thermal solar collection is far more efficient than PV in capturing solar energy. A thermal system typically captures about 60% of solar energy, where PV cells convert less than 20% of the solar energy to electricity.

U.S. solar power has increased at least 45% each of the last two years, yet electricity generated from solar power is still less than 1% of U.S. power generation, in part because of the high cost and low performance of PV.

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The only financially competitive solar systems are based upon thermal technology and do not use the expensive silicon based PV panels. An example of the tremendous energy available through solar thermal electric generating facilities can be found in the Mojave Desert at Kramer Junction, California. The Kramer Junction SEGS projects provide a total combined output of 165 Megawatts, effectively displacing over one million barrels of oil. Since the 1980s Kramer Junction has been producing electricity reliably at a cost far lower than PV technology.

Our Goal

In the early 1920s Albert Einstein designed and patented an application using heat to provide cooling. Air Conditioning is a thermal process. Rather than use solar energy, convert it to electricity, then use the electricity to drive another thermal process, Austin Solar AC uses heat to generate cold.

Heat driven gas fired cooling is a proven technology, known as absorption technology or ammonia cycle cooling. Absorption cooling has been in use since early refrigerators were powered by propane. Many recreational vehicles use propane powered refrigerators, and hundreds of thousands of gas fired air conditioning units have been installed all over the world.

By using CSC (Concentrated Solar Collectors), miniaturizing the model of the massive parabolic trough structures at Kramer Junction, the ASAC system provides the most effective solar technology for use to drive absorption cooling for businesses and homes. Austin Solar AC provides fully sun powered air conditioning and heating systems at an affordable price.

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