Is This "The World's First Solar Powered Air-Conditioning Unit"?
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Inhabitat calls it the "World's first solar powered air conditioning unit", as does the Shandong Vicot Air Conditioning Company . That is a rather grand statement, given that another Chinese company, BROAD, has been doing it for years , and there are direct solar powered air conditioners installed from Brooklyn to Dubai . From the looks of it and the description, it appears to be a direct-fired absorption system, where the reflector supplies heat that vaporizes a refrigerant, which absorbs heat when it condenses. Propane fridges work this way. ... Read the full story on TreeHugger