With a world that seems to be on the brink of a serious energy crisis between climate and war in Ukraine, attention is always high towards large and small green and low-cost alternatives to fossil fuels.
When it comes to renewable energy, for example, the focus is often on electricity generation, but there are other options. Like that of Capt'Air Solaire, a small "family-run" French company, which produces solar air collectors to heat buildings sustainably and economically.
Solar collectors to create heat
The solar heating system designed by Pierre Morrin and by his sons Florent and Jérôme it is called SolarVenti, and is based on the capture of sunlight to generate heat.
Instead of converting solar energy into electricity like photovoltaic panels, this system uses a solar plate with a clear glass layer that allows light to pass through and heats the fresh air that enters the back of the panel. An integrated fan then pushes the warm air, once filtered, towards the outlet duct.
To prevent the formation of mould, the insufflation port is equipped with an anti-humidity disk which automatically stops the air circulation when the system is switched off. In short, an efficient and cutting-edge solution for domestic heating by exploiting the clean energy of the sun.
Heating with aerothermal energy
The solar air collectors proposed by this company (called SolarVenti) not only save on heating costs, but also have the advantage of ventilating and purifying the air inside the living space.
And the efficiency of these systems? Well, it depends on several factors, such as the size of the solar module. However, second Florent Morin, the larger models are able to easily heat an apartment of up to 70 m². In other words, this system can replace a traditional radiator.
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