About this project
Smart, Simple, Sustainable.
The Solar-Breeze revolutionizes pool cleaning in a smart, simple and sustainable way. Pools collect leaves, dust, pollen and other debris all day long. Debris typically floats for 3-4 hours before it decays and sinks to the bottom. By then, it has already produced the bacteria that feeds the growth of algae in your pool. So why wait for all that debris to sink?
Using advanced robotics, the Solar-Breeze intelligently navigates your pool removing dirt and debris from the surface - before that debris has a chance to produce bacteria and sink to the bottom.
Pool Cleaning Re-invented.
"Absolutely perfect. Life was a nightmare with leaves, pollen and stuff in the pool. I would be cleaning the pool every hour. I put this guy in the pool, it is tether-less and solar powered so you have nothing to worry about. Just empty it out every week and boom. I didn't have to clean the pool all summer." -MMI
Pools = High Energy Costs + Large Carbon Footprint
The Solar-Breeze NX is an innovative and sustainable solution to pool maintenance. It's the future of pool care.
Did you know that one swimming pool in America outputs the same amount of pollution yearly as an SUV? That pool pump usage, resulting in 4.5 Mega Watts of energy a year, is very costly and not environmentally friendly. With traditional pool cleaning systems, you don’t have the option of running the pump fewer hours because the pool is only being cleaned when the pump is running.
No Grid Energy Here!
The Solar-Breeze NX is NOT dependent on grid-energy. Unlike other pool cleaning systems, it is completely un-plugged, with no cords or hoses, and works whether the pool pump is running or not. Using free solar energy, the robot continuously cleans the surface of the pool all day long. During this time, excess energy is stored in a rechargeable lithium ion battery, powering the unit well into the night.
A rear paddle powers the unit through the water, while a front paddle scoops the surface debris into a collection chamber. It filters the water through an ultra-fine nylon mesh, preventing 90-95% of dust and debris from re-entering your pool. Powered bumper wheels on the front corners of the Solar-Breeze NX rotate and re-direct the unit each time it connects with the pool wall.
The Solar-Breeze NX can also distribute sanitizer from its built-in dispenser while it cleans the surface of your pool, helping to keep your pool hygienic and ready-to-swim.
It’s Swim Time, Not Skim Time.
With the Solar-Breeze NX, your pool is always swim-ready. It operates autonomously - no installation, hoses, or pumps required. Simply slide it into your pool and turn it on. It operates independently all day long, keeping your pool surface sparkling clean. The Solar-Breeze NX is NOT remote-controlled. It is self- directed, intelligent and reactive. No electricity or manual intervention is required.
What People Are Saying
Pool owners across America and internationally love our robot. We want to make sure we can get the next generation of our robot in the "waters" of many more pool owners, with the larger mission to take 16 million swimming pools worldwide as far off-grid as possible.
We've already been very successful with the previous version of the Solar-Breeze, and yet we still need your help! We have spent the last year re-engineering some of our components and how they work together. To launch the Solar-Breeze NX we need capital to pay for new manufacturing tooling and to meet the minimum order quantities for our suppliers. Your support will help us bring this next generation pool cleaner to life.
The Geeky Stuff
The unit needs to operate in all sizes and shapes of pools. Many have ladders, water features, steps, and other places which could trap a surface cleaning robot. Sensors and software allow the robot to know when it is no longer making forward progress and instructs it to backup and turn slightly to extract itself. While it is backing up, the front paddlewheel continues to turn forward slowly to keep debris from escaping from the collection area. There is also a programmed back-up cycle to ensure that the robot covers the entire surface of the pool every 2 hours. Recent software improvements include a Hunt-for-Sun program and modifications to reduce the amount of power drawn by the motors so that the rechargeable battery can accumulate a larger charge and operate longer into the night. The PC Board has been redesigned for greater energy efficiency and to accommodate other connected applications as they are developed.
- Two 12-watt solar panels
- Brushless, high-efficiency motors with lifespan > 30,000 hours
- 5300mAh 7.4V lithium ion rechargeable battery
- Chemical dispenser tray accommodates two 3-inch trichlor tablets
- Exterior dimensions (inches) 20 X 23 X 6
- Weight (dry and unboxed) – 10 lbs
- Maximum running time per day mid-summer in sunbelt states 23.5 hours
- Collection Area Capacity – twice that of your in-wall skimmer basket
The Solar Pool Technologies team is dedicated to bringing solar powered and eco-friendly pool cleaning and maintenance solutions to the market.
Inspiring innovation: Our COO and Solar Breeze co-inventor, Denis Ruzsa, has over 25 years of experience in engineering, research and development. Over the years, he has designed and built a solar air conditioner, water heating systems and pool heating systems. He has brought a number of inventions to market including the Solar-Breeze.
Commitment to sustainability: Our CEO, Paul Sim is a veteran business executive who is passionate about finding sustainable products for the pool and bringing them to market. Paul has a deep background in manufacturing and sales and has worked on new product introductions in a number of industries.
Ready to deliver: Our team has already manufactured the first generation of the Solar-Breeze product and delivered it to more than 5,000 pool owners worldwide. We’ve spent over a year working on the new components and with our manufacturers before coming to Kickstarter. We are ready to deliver the next generation Solar-Breeze.
Our mission at Solar Pool Technologies Inc. is to introduce the products and innovations that make pool maintenance easier, keep the pool sparkling clean and that remove swimming pools from the electrical grid.
The first, and arguably most important, in our line of products is the Solar-Breeze since it certainly makes maintaining the pool WAY easier, keeps it swim-ready and can take the pool halfway or more off-grid.
We have 3 more innovations planned for the Solar-Breeze itself. These are:
- A removable handle to make it easier to remove the unit from the pool without having to kneel down.
- An embedded tracking device in case your Solar-Breeze is stolen.
- Water chemistry testing features that you can access remotely from your smart phone
Smart, Sustainable Solutions – Green Choices for a Blue Planet
Risks and challenges
The Solar-Breeze solar robotic pool cleaner is in a category by itself. Nothing else exists in the marketplace that approaches pool cleaning in this way. It has been challenging to develop a product that works in a wide variety of pool configurations and in very different climate zones.
The robot has to withstand very high solar radiation and also work in cloudy and low-angle situations. Dialing in the correct formulation of plastics and UV protectant has also had to take into account the blinding Arizona and Australian sun, salt/chlorine pool water and harsh pool chemicals.
Sealing the electronics chamber from water incursion was a particular challenge. The Solar-Breeze NX will introduce a triple seal that has been proved through submersion testing of functional prototypes.
We have developed relationships with a supply chain that can manufacture the components and assemble the finished product with high quality and reliability. We are confident that – if we reach our Kickstarter goal – we will be able to produce and deliver the Solar-Breeze NX on schedule.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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