Solar air heaters engineered for the harshest continent on earth.

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Founded

Arctica Solar was founded in 2015 to engineer and manufacture durable, high performance solar air heaters for the Antarctic summer months (October through January) to help curb the use of environmentally hazardous and expensive fossil fuels for space heating. Arctica Solar air heaters have been in use in Antarctica since 2015 in the Queen Maud Land region. In 2016 Arctica Solar began engineering modular solar air heaters for use in a variety of markets.

Technology

Optimized absorber materials combined with a patent pending convective heat transfer / air handling system and a uniquely low weight design. Fully enclosed, fully assembled from the manufacturer. Designed to mount on standard PV module racking systems. Designed for DIY installation or installation from your local solar installer.

Mission

To drastically reduce the price and increase the performance of existing commercial solar air heater options. To remake the category with a highly engineered, high DFx product.

To make you rethink what you thought you knew about solar air heating.

1500 Series Solar Air Heater - Click for More Info

A fully integrated, easy to use, ready to install, last forever PV powered solar air heater. No AC power needed.

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2500 Series Solar Air Heater - Click for More Info

Space heating 24/7 with this solar air heater + traditional electric heater balanced to save you energy and money when the sun is out.

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Estimate your Savings

This tool allows you to see the total potential electricity savings from using a single Artica Solar Air Heater for your application in your geography. The heater is assumed operating at full capacity if the ambient temperature is below 21 C / 70 F, and is off if ambient temperature is above 70 F. The tool uses sunlight data from the NREL TMY3 database and assumes a 80% heater operating efficiency and minimum avaliable irradiance of 200 W/m2.

Enter your zip (US only) and your cost of electricity ($0.20 - $0.30 / kWhr for most US electrical customers) to see your estimated annual savings when using a Artica Solar Air Heater.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a solar air heater?: Where a PV solar panel generates electricity, a Arctica solar air heater generates hot air for spacing heating applications.

Why would I use a solar air heater?: If you live in a colder climate and need heating during a portion of the year a solar air heater can be a inexpensive and sustainable way to meet your heating needs. If you live in a sunny climate and need naturally warmed air for a specific process, like making beef jerky, hydroponics or aeroponics, Arctica solar air heaters are a natural choice.

How does it work?: Sunlight enters the heater and is collected by a special absorber panel. An optimized thermal exchange system uses heat captured by the absorber to heat incoming air and then delivers the air to the use space. The 1500 series heater uses a PV panel to operate the circulation fan. The 2500 uses AC power to operate the fan and supplement solar heated air with heat also produced from an electrical heating element inside the heater.

Do I have to plug it in?: In the 1500 Series, No. The heater provides it own power for air circulation via the PV panel. In the 2500 series product, Yes, the heater needs an AC power source.

Does it have a thermostat?: Both options ship with a thermostat, however it can work without a thermostat as well.

How does it ship, and how much does it weigh?: In a cardboard box, similar to the way current single PV panels ship. Ship weight is about 50 lbs.

Is it hard to install?: It is designed to install just like a PV electric panel by DIYers or solar installers. It does require routing of air ducting, so it is best to locate the heater as close to the point of use as possible.

Why not just use PV panels routed to a traditional space heater?: For producing heat, PV panels are terribly inefficient and take up a lot of space. At 80% end to end efficiency, an Arctica Solar air heater is the best choice for maximizing cost performance in space heating.

Would a window work just as well?: Yes and no, depending on your scenario. Windows do allow for collection of solar radiation, but are designed to let in light and keep out weather. Windows often have coatings which lower the energy collected from the sun for the purpose of heating and comfort of people and items in the living area. The heater is designed to deliver heat, so the use cases can be different. Installation of the solar heater is easier with fewer potential leak points than a window.

The Team

Adam Plesniak

Founder, CEO. Adam has over 10 years experience in product development for solar energy and started Arctica Solar in 2015.

Brandon Larson

Lead Engineer. Brandon is a UCI mechanical engineer with deep solar coursework and extra curricular activity.

CalSEED, Energize California, Clean Tech Open

Arctica Solar is a 2017 CalSEED seedling, a LACI Energize California Cohort #2 member and a participant in the 2018 Clean Tech Open.

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Office & Manufacturing

Address

Arctica Solar
5445 Oceanus Dr, Suite 100A,
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
United States

Email

info@arcticasolar.com

Phone

714.794.7795