This document is a comprehensive technical report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. It was created and published to identify the target market for solar water heaters and to identify cost and performance targets that must be met for systems to achieve significant energy savings.
The report opens by examining the relationship between the state of solar thermal water heating technology and its market. According to the report, one of the areas of best convergence between the technology and market of solar thermal water heating is in the low-cost systems segment. From here, the report concludes with an overview of current trends in manufacturing and materials, and takes a look into areas where further research is needed such as in systems for cold climates.
Author: National Renewable Energy Laboratory
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