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By 23 June 2010 | Categories: news

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LG Electronics is leading the way in energy efficiency after announcing its first eco-friendly solar powered hybrid air conditioner.

The F-Q232LASS, which is perhaps not the most attractively named device, utilises solar energy as part of its power supply.
 
By combining power generated through a solar panel attached to the top of the outdoor unit this 28 000 BTU model can produce up to 70 watts of power per hour, enough to run the unit’s air purification processes.
 
As a hybrid, this unit isn’t fully powered by solar power but still sports several energy saving features. Apart from offering consumers big savings on their electricity bill, LG claims its hybrid air conditioner can help reduce approximately 212 kg of carbon dioxide over 10 years, the equivalent of planting 780 pine trees over the same period.
 
As a clean, infinitely renewable energy source solar power is becoming more popular both with the environmentally conscious and average consumers.
 
At present the unit is only available in Korea but should be introduced to the South African market if there is enough demand for the product locally.

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