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Solar Thermal Installation Manual (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 23, 2015

This document is a solar thermal installation manual. It was created by the solar energy company Solar Panels Plus to serve as an instruction guide for their residential and commercial solar thermal units. Installation practices in the manual depend on whether a single tank or double tank system is being installed. The manual defines and identifies all the various parts of the system and the key safety practices. Then the manual walks the user through all the steps of installation, from mounting through assembly and testing.

Author: Solar Panels Plus

Ithaca Park & Recreational Facility (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 21, 2015

This case study was created by plumbing equipment manufacturer Frank P. Langley Co. It reports on a solar thermal installation for the Parks and Recreational Facility of the city of Ithaca, NY.

Eight collectors connected to two 240 gallon tanks were installed for use on the facility. The project was funded by the Recovery Act, and the equipment was eligible under the Buy American rules.

Taitem Engineering was the design engineer for the project, and SunSky Energy served as the installation contractor.

Understanding Federal Tax Incentives for Residential Solar Thermal Systems (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 9, 2015

This brochure was created by the Beckett Corporation, and explains how consumers can utilize three different tax credits in the United States to install a solar thermal hot water heating system in their home. More information on solar thermal incentives can be found here.

Solar Thermal Systems Checklist (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 8, 2015

This checklist was created by the Boulder Country Land Use Department of Colorado. It is submitted to the department with the plans for the intended solar thermal project for safety and certification approval by the county.

Analyzing the Design and Performance of a Retrofit Solar Thermal Combination DHW and Space Heating System (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 7, 2015

This paper comes from James Dontie of Gustavus Adolphus College. It reports on an analysis of a solar thermal combination domestic hot water and space heating system which was retrofitted into a residence in Minnesota.

The analysis attempts to distinguish between improvements to the residence’s heating system that came through using a solar thermal system instead of a conventional system, as compared to efficiencies that were the result of simply installing new equipment.

Advanced Thermal Solar System with Heat Storage for Residential House Space Heating (2005)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 7, 2015

This report was written by Kazimierz Szymocha of the Alberta Research Council. It reports on their prototype solar thermal air heating and storage system.

The system in question is both a space heating installation and a direct heat storage system. It stores heated air during the day and then releases it at night.

A Solar Design Manual for Alaska: Solar Technologies (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 7, 2015

This report was written by Alaska Sun, which is a coalition in Alaska dedicated to furthering the use of solar energy in their state. It comes from their publication “A Solar Design Manual for Alaska” and focuses on various technologies that are commonly used in solar thermal systems.

Flat plate collectors are described as one of the most common solar thermal technologies and the report sketches one out in a diagram. Heat transfer fluids, which make many solar thermal systems possible, are covered and have the characteristics of what makes a good heat transfer fluid listed.

Commissioning the Sun: Popular Renewable Systems (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 7, 2015

This presentation was created by Pete Salmon of the Eaton Corporation. It is an educational presentation the covers the benefits, design, components, and installation of solar thermal systems.

The presentation uses a diagram to illustrate the basic design of a system, and discusses what makes evacuated tubes, flat plate collectors, or hybrids most suitable for different situations. Piping arrangements are essential for system protection, as the presentation illustrates, especially in in-climate weather.

Utility Solar Water Heating Initiative and Energy Star (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 7, 2015

This letter was written by Chip Bircher of USH2O, a solar thermal water heating industry group, to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It answers questions that the EPA had regarding solar thermal water heating and its eligibility for the Energy Star Program.

USH2O makes the argument that solar thermal water heating should remain eligible for the Energy Star labeling program. Solar thermal sales have shown consistent growth, and so it is important to maintain the relationship as the use of solar thermal becomes more widespread.

Technical Guide for Architects and Designers: Centralized Systems for Multi-Family Houses- Chile

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on September 19, 2014

This technical guide provides explanations for architects and designers on the preparation and installation of centralized solar thermal systems in multi-family houses. It also investigates the architectural conditions, technical variables and minimum technical specifications required for the correct installation of a centralised solar thermal water heating the system. The document includes a glossary providing explanation on different terms and techniques. 

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