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Solar Water Heating Projects and Plans

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. 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. One of the systems is our own $1,000 solar water heating system that has provided a solar fraction in excess of 90% through our cold Montana winter. My thanks to the people who have built systems, and then taken the time to send in pictures and descriptions for others to use. Directory for this page: Information on pumps, heat exchangers, heat storage tanks Controllers, pipe insulation, backdraft dampers and other components for solar space heating systems here... Solar Water Heater kits or packages... Questions? Related:  STI2D Heating systems

Illustrations US Hot Springs | HSE Home Page | Build your own Hot Tub El dulce sabor de una mujer exquisita (por Gabriel García Márquez) « Mensajes de Reflexión Si aún no ha pasado el bisturí por tu piel, si no tienes implantes de silicona en alguna parte de tu cuerpo, si los rollitos no te generan trauma, si nunca has sufrido de anorexia, si tu estatura no afecta tu desarrollo personal, si cuando vas a la playa prefieres divertirte en el mar y no estar sobre una toalla durante horas, si crees que la fidelidad sí es posible y la practicas, si sabes cómo se prepara un arroz, si puedes preparar un almuerzo completo con postre, si tu prioridad no es ser rubia a como de lugar, si no te levantas a las 4:00 a.m. para llegar primera al gimnasio, si puedes salir con ropa de gimnasia tranquila a la calle un domingo, sin una gota de maquillaje en el rostro… ESTÁS EN VÍA DE EXTINCIÓN… Eres una mujer exquisita! Una mujer exquisita no es aquella que más hombres tiene a sus pies; si no aquella que tiene uno solo que la hace realmente feliz. Una mujer valiosa no es aquella que tiene más títulos, ni más cargos académicos. Gabriel García Márquez mujer exquisita

A Solar Hot Water Primer - Ken Olson ©2001 Ken OlsonThis email address is being protected from spambots. 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. An investment in a solar water heating system will beat the stock market any day, any decade, risk free. In this article I'm going to cover the most common options for solar water heating, basic principles of operation, and some historical perspective on what has worked and what has not. Below: A Typical Solar Flat Plate Water Heater. A Checkered Past, A Bright Future Solar thermal's past is a good example of why everyone should be skeptical of government involvement in energy. The intention was to stimulate sales for solar thermal systems. The solar thermal industry has been purged of the tax credit telemarketers and overnight experts. Turn the thermostat down. Caution!

10 Clever Architectural Creations Using Cargo Containers: Shipping Container Homes and Offices Cargo Architecture: 10 Shipping Container Homes & Offices Article by Urbanist, filed under Offices & Commercial in the Architecture category. With the green theme growing in popularity across every stretch of the world, more and more people are turning to cargo container homes for green alternatives for office, and even new home, construction. There are countless numbers of empty, unused shipping containers around the world just sitting on the shipping docks and taking up space. The reason for this is that it’s too expensive for a country to ship empty containers back to the their origin in most cases, it’s just cheaper to buy new containers from Asia. The result is an extremely high surplus of empty shipping containers that are just waiting to become someone’s home or office. There are plenty of benefits of to the so-called shipping container architecture model. The world’s first hotel built from recycled shipping containers has popped-up in Uxbridge, West London.

$350 Solar Heated Hot Tub Search The Renewable Energy site for Do-It-Yourselfers Brian's Description: Here's some info on my project. I didn't take many pictures, but the construction is pretty basic. I framed the collector box with 2"x6" lumber and 1/4" plywood, the size is about 26" x 8'. The pump came from Lowes and is the Garden Treasures MD170 fountain pump. We are real happy with our choice of the 150 gallon Rubbermaid stock tank for our tub. I am using 3 sheets of the 3/4" blue Styrofoam for the tank cover. I did spend about $400 on this project, but did already have some of the materials. Tank $120 Pump 30 Urethane ins 90 (with shipping) sheet insulation 50 CPVC 75 I had most of the wood already, used sections of a old water hose between tank and collector, with pool noodles for insulation. I'm sure I left out some details, so feel free to ask questions. Brian And, the this note on performance from Brian: Was in the hot tub last night at 110 deg, still 106 tonight without running it today.

Plans For Various Passive Solar Heaters The Do It Yourself Passive Solar Window Heater How To Make A Passive Solar Heater. 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. Make your own passive solar window heater Paint your solar heater black Homemade passive solar window heater in action In the photos above you can see the homemade passive solar window heater. First choose a south facing window and measure the window frame and decide if you want to cover the window completely or not with your solar heater. Cover the backing with aluminum foil on one side. Take the whole thing outside on a warm day and spray paint it all black. Pros and cons of this design.

VC Confidential: Why Great Companies Get Started in the Downturns I have always been amazed by how many of our success tech stories, as well as Fortune 500 companies, started during drastic down turns. Innovation does not take a holiday, and in fact, thrives during difficult times when pain & need are greatest. While the current downturn is historic, it pails in comparison to the 22 year depression the US experienced from 1873 to 1895, triggered by the Vienna stock market crash. During this extended drought, a large number of Fortune 500's & major corporations started including Eli Lilly, IBM, Merck, Hershey's, Gillette, Alcoa, J&J, Chevron, GE, AT&T, Abbott, Lilly, Coors, Johnson Controls, Bristol-Myers and PPG to name a few. During the great depression (1929-1939), Texas Instruments, HP, 20th Century Fox and United Technologies all launched. Other periods: during the Oil shock & market crash (1973-1976) Microsoft, Genentech & Apple started.

Rocket Stove The Rocket Stove is a variety of wood-burning cooking stove. It is easy to construct, with low-cost materials. These are low-mass stoves designed to burn small pieces of wood very efficiently. Cooking is done on top of a short insulated chimney. Rocket Stoves use branches, twigs, small wood scraps, or just about any small combustible material. A related design, the Rocket Bread Oven, is constructed using two 55 gallon drums, one inside the other. Rocket Stoves operates roughly twice as efficiently, and substantially more cleanly, than the open fire cooking methods still used in many areas of the world. Because these qualities improve local air quality, and discourage deforestation, the rocket stove has attracted the attention of a number of Appropriate Technology concerns, which have deployed it in numerous third-world locales (notably, the Rwandan refugee camps). Key features Edit Problems Alternatives/Variations Sierra Zip Stove Edit Two-Door Rocket Stove Wood Pellet Camp and Survival Stove

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. Rob: And—on active systems, a controller turns a pump on and off as solar heat is available. Rob: Freezing protection. Rob: True. 1. 2. 3.

WNC Green Building Directory | Articles By Matt Siegel on 03/24/2011 “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has,” anthropologist Margaret Mead said. The Western North Carolina Green Building Council — its members and its founders — demonstrates the truth in those words: About a decade ago, the council literally started as a conversation between two people. It then grew into a group of several people, who started out sitting around a table and discussing how to grow green building in the region. Ashley Featherstone and Jon Senechal representing WNCGBC at Earth Day 2001. In 2011, the organization celebrates its tenth year of helping create a more sustainable and healthier WNC. According to Duncan McPherson, another WNCGBC founder, “The primary need was education at that point, which included educating the city, inspectors, builders and architects. ... Here are some achievements from the past 10 years that the Council can put numbers to: