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Posted by nicholas on August 3, 2006, 1:36 pm
 
Hi

I'm going to install a small system and have the workshop facilities
available to make up my panels.

Are there any resources out there on design principles etc etc.

Recommended books?

Many thanks

Nicholas

Posted by Gary on August 3, 2006, 2:03 pm
 
nicholas wrote:

Hi Nicholas,

There are some plans for building your own flat plate collectors here:
http://www.builditsolar.com/Projects/WaterHeating/water_heating.htm#DB%20and%20Closed%20Loop
Have a look at the ones by Kris -- really nicely made.

You did not say what the system is for, but if its for space heating, I'd also
consider air collectors.  They are simple, cheap, easy to make, and low
maintenance.  Some here:
http://www.builditsolar.com/Projects/SpaceHeating/Space_Heating.htm
This is a good (free) book on air collectors:
http://www.builditsolar.com/Projects/SpaceHeating/SolAirHtSysBook/SolAirHtingBk.htm

For references on design procedures, there are quite a few good books -- here
are two I like:
Solar Thermal Engineering, Lunde
Active Solar Collectors and Their Application, Ari Rabl

The Duffie and Beckman, Solar Thermal Processes gets widely referenced --
personally, I don't find it as useful as the Lunde book above.

Some more here:
http://www.builditsolar.com/References/genengrefsrs.htm


Gary



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Posted by nicholas on August 6, 2006, 8:24 am
 Thanks Gary,

Ordered a copy of Lunde and a couple of other books.  Starting to work
on design issues now and hopefully it'll end up in an installed system
in a couple of months.

Cheers

Nicholas



http://www.builditsolar.com/Projects/WaterHeating/water_heating.htm#DB%20and%20Closed%20Loop  

http://www.builditsolar.com/Projects/SpaceHeating/SolAirHtSysBook/SolAirHtingBk.htm  


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