Concept: Frost Solar Powered Air Conditioner

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We love the idea of harnessing the power of the sun to cool our homes- it just seems so fitting! This design concept is intended to reduce dependency on conventional air conditioning units by replacing standard outlet electricity with solar power…

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Wisconsin designer Philip Stankard envisions a unit where the solar power panel gathers electricity during daylight and stores the energy to spin the fans later. The Frost relies on a cold pack that is stored in the freezer; the freezer pack is popped into the unit in front of the fans to convert the hot air into a cold breeze.

We would love to know more about how this unit compares in terms of energy use to more conventional air conditioners, information likely to emerge if this unit ever goes to production. As lifelong apartment dwellers in a building dating back to the 1920s, we would certainly welcome options that are greener and yet equally effective at cooling our home.

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