Title

Side-by-Side Testing of SolAire Solar AC

Secondary Author(s)

Fairey, Philip

Report Number

FSEC-CR-2100-20

URL

http://publications.energyresearch.ucf.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/FSEC-CR-2100-20.pdf

Keywords

Air Conditioning; Solar Thermal

Abstract

The FSEC Energy Research Center performed a series of side-by-side tests to compare a heat pump system with a Solaire thermal collector against one without. The tests were performed in three phases: 1) baseline operation, 2) heat pump system operating with Solaire collector using collector manufacturer's wiring specifications, and 3) heat pump system operating with Solaire collector using Daiken/OEM wiring specifications. Each phase represented 5 full days of continuous operation during August of 2018 in Cocoa, Florida. Phase 1 baseline testing demonstrated that the two Daiken heat pump systems and test houses performed similarly and there were no differences between the two installations. Phase 2 testing of the heat pump system with the Solaire collector using the collector manufacturer's field wiring scheme showed no improvement in performance when compared to a heat pump system without a collector. Phase 3 testing of the heat pump system with the Solaire collector using the Daiken/OEM field wiring scheme showed a 2% penalty (increase) in cooling energy when compared to a heat pump system without a collector. These results were consistent with laboratory tests performed at the Center in 2017 where no improvement in performance was demonstrated.

Date Published

1-30-2020

Subjects

Buildings - Air Conditioning; Solar Thermal

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