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Hong Kong Researchers Unveil Solar-Powered Vehicle A/C Unit

by , 11/17/10

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Air conditioning units are crucial in cars — especially if you live in an area prone to humid and hot temperatures. However the problem with A/C units is that they consume a lot of fuel as they run. Fortunately, researchers from the Polytechnic University (PolyU) in Hong Kong recently announced that they have successfully developed and tested a solar-powered A/C system for vehicles.

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Developed in collaboration with industry partners including Green Power Industrial Ltd, the A/C system consists of a photovoltaic module, a solar control system, an air-conditioning control unit, an electrical VFD (variable frequency-driven) compressor, and a cool air and temperature feedback system. The project was devised by Professor Eric Cheng of PolyU’s Department of Electrical Engineering, who designed it to be installed on trucks carrying beverages — we have already talked about the system being used in Coca-Cola’s fleet of vehicles, but this is the first time that the unit has been successfully tested.

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  1. tasneem March 31, 2012 at 6:10 am

    Remarkable market forseen ahead.

  2. belloo October 10, 2011 at 10:37 am

    had the researchers face any problems with the size of the solar panels on top of the vehicle ? or how could you make such size of solar panel to generate about 1 hp o/p ? because we have a problem here with the big size of the solar panele as we workout on it as a student project in university and we need your expert .. awaiting your reply .. thanks

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