LG Announces Solar Hybrid Air Conditioners

Summer is always the time when the AC gets cranked up in order to cool things down. Having a broken AC is almost unlivable, depending on where you live. Thankfully, LG Electronics has just announced a new type of hybrid AC, one that uses solar energy among other things to fuel the cooler temperatures.

LG Electronics announced this news yesterday in Korea. This will be the world's first eco-friendly solar hybrid air conditioner. This new AC will provide up to 70W of power per hour thanks to the solar cell modules that are attached to the top of the unit. It's true that AC are rarely seen as eco-friendly, but the idea of putting solar panels on top of an AC is actually quite brilliant.

LG says that this new hybrid system will be able to reduce your carbon footprint significantly, by 212kg of CO2 over 10 years, which is the equivalent of 780 pine trees. That's not bad. The LG F-Q232LASS is a 28,000 BTU AC. Usual ACs like this consume 50W per hour to cool things down. This means that even if you are using your AC, you might be pumping in some electricity back into your grid. Now that's really interesting.

[via Designboom, photos via LG]