We don't have AC, because it just doesn't get hot enough here in the Bay Area to justify it. However, there are places where it's an absolute necessity. But it uses so much energy. That's why we think these solar-powered air-conditioning blinds are such a cool idea ..
The Blind Air Conditioner concept by Minjoo Kwon would be designed with solar panels along the tops of the blinds, so that when the blinds were lowered to block out the sun, they would also be absorbing the energy needed to run the AC-unit that is so cleverly built into the the panels.
Using solar energy to power an air-conditioning system makes so much sense. When do we run our ACs? When it's hot and the sun is shinning.
We'd love to see this idea in action. But we're a little worried that the blinds would be too heavy and difficult to raise and lower. Would they really function like blinds?
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