This presentation was created by Christopher A. Homola, PE for the American Society of Sanitary Engineering (ASSE). It contains a brief history of solar thermal water heating, information on the environmental and economic benefits of SWH, and information on the science and technology that goes into SWH.
The early history of modern SWH in the United States was dominated by the era of early usage in South Florida and the oil shocks of the 1970’s which increased federal involvement in the SWH industry. SWH takes pressure off the grid, by providing individual buildings with their own source of renewable energy. This cuts down both on energy costs and the amount of traditional carbon emitting energy sources used to heat water.
The presentation ends with detailed explanations on the differences between the various kinds of collectors, the differences between direct and indirect systems, and the scientific principles behind these systems.
Author: Christopher A. Homola, PE
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