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A Solar Hot Water Primer - Ken Olson. ©2001 Ken OlsonThis email address is being protected from spambots.

A Solar Hot Water Primer - Ken Olson

You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Go to Sidebar 1, Maintain Temperature Stratification in Your Tank Go to Sidebar 2, Rust Never Sleeps: Open Loop vs. Closed Loop Hot water represents the second largest energy consumer in American households. Book: The Integral Passive Solar Water Heater. Solar Water Heating System Basics. What is Solar Water Heating?

Solar Water Heating System Basics

Solar water heating collectors capture and retain heat from the sun and transfer this heat to a liquid. Solar thermal heat is trapped using the “greenhouse effect,” in this case is the ability of a reflective surface to transmit short wave radiation and reflect long wave radiation. Heat and infrared radiation (IR) are produced when short wave radiation light hits a collector’s absorber, which is then trapped inside the collector. Fluid, usually water, in contact with the absorber collects the trapped heat to transfer it to storage.

Two principles govern solar thermal collectors. Second, heat loss is more rapid if the temperature difference between a hot object and its environment is larger, in this case between the temperature of the collector surface and the ambient temperature. Solar Water Heating Projects and Plans. Solar water heating systems have a good economic payoff, and are manageable systems to install or build as a DIY project.

Solar Water Heating Projects and Plans

Some of the solar water heating designs are very simple and low cost. You can save as much as $7000 by building your own system. There are just over one hundred projects with full construction details listed below -- all free. Free Solar Water Heating Projects & Plans. Solar water heating systems have a good economic payoff, and are manageable systems to install or build as a DIY project.

Free Solar Water Heating Projects & Plans

Some of the solar water heating designs are very simple and low cost. You can save as much as $7000 by building your own system. There are just over one hundred projects with full construction details listed below -- all free. The projects range from simple batch heaters for warm climates through closed loop and drain back systems that will work in any climate. Recycle A Refrigerator Into A Solar Water Heater. Related Content CD and DVD Recycling The CD Recycling Center of America announced that it has chosen the United States Postal Service as ...

Recycle A Refrigerator Into A Solar Water Heater

5 Gallon Bucket Solar Hot Water Heater. Heating water is probably one of the biggest line items on your energy bill.

5 Gallon Bucket Solar Hot Water Heater

The average American family of 4 in 2012 spent between $250 and $550 that year to heat hot water. A cleverly designed solar hot water system can eliminate 50% to 100% of that cost, depending on usage. DIY Solar Hot Water Heater This is the “gateway drug” for heating water with the sun. You can build it yourself, in an afternoon, with 20$ in supplies. This small, un-insulated – and possibly toxic – DIY solar heater has a few advantages to balance out its problems. All you need for this project is a clean tire inner tube and a length of hose with a faucet end. This picture and the tutorial that accompanies it are published on MotherEarthNews.com. Make A Solar Water Heater For Under $5. Instructables user, TheNaib, has written a tutorial on how to create a solar thermal water heater for under five dollars.

Make A Solar Water Heater For Under $5

It will involve a fair amount of DIY, but nothing too complicated. It's designed as a fun project, but with some tweaking it could see real applications, "Its a great way to learn about using the renewable energy of the sun to produce useful effects, in this case hot water. You can use these instructions to build a device that will actually heat enough water to use in the home, but it would require modifications. " A Solar Water Heater Made of PET Bottles. « Environment-Friendly Mexican Diapers?

A Solar Water Heater Made of PET Bottles

| Home | Environment Provisions in LAC Constitutions Added to Tools Section » By Keith R | July 2, 2007 Topics: Renewable Sources, Waste & Recycling | 32 Comments » (4 votes, average: 4.75 out of 5) Loading ... Synopsis in English: The government of the southern Brazilian state of Paraná has been conducting an interesting experiment in environmental design utilizing waste materials. Since August 2006 state agencies have sponsored projects to construct solar water heaters constructed from used PET bottles and “long life” (aseptic) milk packaging. It’s estimated that if the heater is used to heat the water for two bathrooms, it can save as much as 120 kilowatts per month. The concept was first proposed by José Alano, who in 2004 had received the Ecology award from the Brazilian magazine Superinteressante (“Super interesting”). Desde a Agência Estadual de Noticias de Paraná (AEN): Economia – O aquecedor solar também poupa energia elétrica.

A Simple DIY Solar Water Heating System. Search The Renewable Energy site for Do-It-Yourselfers System schematic -- Thermosyphon Solar Water Heater As shown in the schematic, when sun is on the Solar Panel, the water in the panel is heated, becomes less dense and rises up into the Storage Tank.

A Simple DIY Solar Water Heating System

The heated water leaving the panel is replaced by cool water flowing from the bottom of the Storage Tank into the lower connection on the collector. Plans For Various Passive Solar Heaters. The Do It Yourself Passive Solar Window Heater How To Make A Passive Solar Heater.

Plans For Various Passive Solar Heaters

This is a very simple and inexpensive project. There are many passive solar heating projects out there, but we must admit, we were very sceptical at first. In the cold November mornings, what help can a simple bit of styrofoam and aluminum foil really provide? So we decided to make one and see how well it works. How this works: When the sun shines, the black painted area will absorb the heat from the suns rays. Homemade Absorber Plate. 7 Solar Water Heating System Designs by Michael Hackleman. (Rob Harlan is a general and solar contractor with 25 years of experience with solar water heating systems in Mendocino County, California.

Rob primarily designs and installs photovoltaic systems today.) MH: Rob, will you give a brief history of the last 30 years of solar-water heating system design and implementation? Rob: Solar-water heating systems got a real boost in the 1970s when tax credits were offered by state and federal programs to help folks make the investment. These systems were intended primarily for domestic hot water, i.e., showers, dishwashing, cooking, and clotheswashing. They were also popular for heating the water in pools and hot tubs. MH: As I recall, a lot of manufacturers also disappeared when the tax credits went away. Rob: Some designs were indeed flawed—poorly implemented, overly complex, or incorporating untested ideas. History Of Solar Water Heaters. Pump & Pipe Sizing For A Solar Water Or Space Heating System. Search The Renewable Energy site for Do-It-Yourselfers Overview of Sizing the Plumbing and Pump for Solar Collectors The basic underlying requirement is that you want a pump and plumbing system that will push enough heat transfer fluid (typically water) through your solar collectors to efficiently remove the heat that the sun is depositing in them.

Too little flow, and the collectors will run hotter and less efficiently, too much flow and you are wasting money on bigger pipes and pumps than the system needs, and using more pump power than you need to.