Side-by-Side Testing of SolAire Solar AC
Air Conditioning; Solar Thermal
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.
Buildings - Air Conditioning; Solar Thermal
Florida Solar Energy Center and Sherwin, John, "Side-by-Side Testing of SolAire Solar AC" (2020). FSEC Energy Research Center®. 26.