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Green Smart Magazine : GreenSmart 2010
When SolaMate was announced the winner and People's Choice on the ABC's The New Inventors program last year, it received more than 500 inquiries in one day. It's a great effort for the Melbourne-based company who designed and manufactures it --HRV--andnowtheycanaddHIA GreenSmart Product of the Year to their awards swag. HRV director Dave Kennedy and engineer Stuart Elliott reckon SolaMate is worth every one of its accolades. 'We are very proud of our product and it's pretty unique,' Dave says. SolaMate operates within the solar air heating sphere, where solar energy is harnessed to heat, cool and ventilate a building. 'Conventional space heating consumes the most energy and emits the most greenhouse gasses in residential buildings south of Queensland. Why not use the sun instead?' Dave asks. Research from Murdoch University shows that solar energy can reduce conventional space heating by 30--50 per cent and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by one tonne per household per year. SolaMate is one such product capable of achieving these reductions, with HRV reporting even better results -- sometimes as much as 50 to 70 per cent depending on the house design, thermal properties and occupant lifestyle. Reduce conventional space heating in your home by up to 70 per cent with the award- winning SolaMate. super-charger story > Annie Reid solar SOLAMATE OPERATES WITHIN THE SOLAR AIR HEATING SPHERE, WHERE SOLAR ENERGY IS HARNESSED TO HEAT, COOL AND VENTILATE A BUILDING STA was founded a year ago by HRV director Dave Kennedy, and comprises representatives of companies and associate industry experts involved in the solar air and cooling industry. It aims to educate the public on the benefits of the industry, with the ultimate goal to achieve support from government. That support will hopefully result in greenhouse gas reduction and energy efficiency mandates and rebates, along with providing financial support to enable a larger number of homeowners to access the emerging technology. The STA believes solar air heating delivers more 'bang for your buck' than transforming sunlight into electricity, and it's working hard to receive support from all levels of government. Solar Thermal Air Heating & Cooling Association (STA) 46 greensmart 2010 smarthomes