Spending time outdoors is a matter close to the heart of many homeowners. Whether it is relaxing on a sun lounger or a spontaneous gathering with friends and family, the patio is the ideal place to enjoy outdoor leisure-time. Above all in the sunny season bothersome manual winding of a crank awning takes time and effort if the awning is to provide much-needed shade. And if there is a glazed façade on the sunny side of the building, sun shading is especially important – in order to also protect the interior of the building against overheating. If there is no mains supply in the outdoor area, however, solar-powered drive systems are the ideal solution. Their installation avoids having to lay cable ducts – and thus the appearance of the façade is not impaired.
The power of the sun is utilized by the DC drives from elero. These may be used in roller shutters and blinds, awnings and Venetian blinds, and are simple to install as independent systems.
Constantly having to use a crank handle with a cassette awning is bothersome but there is no mains electricity supply for hard-wired motorisation? With its solar-powered motor SunTop-868 DC, elero offers the ideal retrofitting solution for awnings with no mains supply. The sun shade can be moved comfortably at the push of a button using a hand-held radio transmitter.
A radio sensor – also solar-powered – ensures that the awning is extended independently when dictated by solar radiation levels and retracted again in the event of strong winds. The solar-powered drive from elero may be installed quickly and easily.
So as to install the drive the crank mechanism and fabric shaft end caps first have to be removed. The engineer then pushes the elero drive SunTop-868 DC into the shaft with the suitable adapter and actuator, before the end caps are screwed in place once the motor mounting has been positioned.
Before the solar panel is installed, it is placed in the sun so as to charge extra energy. In the meantime the specialist installation company determines the ideal location for the panel. In this respect, optimum solar radiation and proximity to the drive are the decisive factors. The 12 V DC drives from elero are simply connected to the respective solar panel. The manufacturer provides suitable versions for awnings, roller shutters and venetian blinds. The drive can be operated using hand-held or wall-mounted transmitters or automatically using sensors.
The light and wind sensor Aero 868 Plus from elero independently retracts the awning in the event of strong winds and thus protects it against damage. Likewise the awning is extended if there is a high level of solar radiation, thus shading the patio and the bank of windows. The specialist installation company places the sensor as close as possible to where wind and light conditions are identical.
Afterwards the installation engineer completes the teaching-in process for the single-channel hand-held transmitter LumeroTel 2 and the drive, programming the stop positions for the awning. With this radio control the shading may be operated comfortably at the touch of a button.
The elero solar drive system SunTop-868 DC thus combines comfort with energy efficiency, ensuring enhanced living comfort without using any electricity at all.
An overview of the solar drive and control systems with accessories from elero can be found here.