SEOUL -- Hanwha Q Cells, the solar cell-making wing of South Korea's Hanwha Group, will combine its solar power supply system and an eco-friendly heating system developed by Samsung Electronics to provide an efficient energy solution that can reduce heating costs in Europe, which is suffering from energy shortages due to the suspension of Russian gas supply.
Hanwha Q Cells said that the solution supplies solar power to heat pumps using an energy management smartphone app. Through Samsung's home appliance control solution app, users can operate heat pumps and home appliances with solar power. It is possible to check the usage of energy in real time for the efficient use of electricity.
"We will contribute to reducing heating costs with technology that combines solar power and heat pumps in Europe, where the worst energy crisis is feared this winter," an unnamed Hanwha Q Cells official said in a statement on September 15.
In Europe, which suffers from rising electricity and gas prices, interest is rapidly growing in alternative heating devices such as heat pumps. The European Union will increase the installation of heat pumps that transfer thermal energy from a cooler space to a warmer space using the refrigeration cycle. Heat pumps emit less greenhouse gas than furnaces burning natural gas. Common device types include air source heat pumps, ground-source heat pumps, water source heat pumps and exhaust air heat pumps.
Air source heat pumps convert energy from the air. An outside fan draws air into a fluid, which passes through a container that raises the fluid's temperature. A ground source heat pump uses energy from the sun to heat a home via a series of buried pipes that extract energy from the ground. Solar water heating uses heat from the sun with solar panels or flat plate collectors.
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