Posted by Rob Dekker on March 18, 2006, 2:46 am
You must be looking for solar thermal water heating panels. Not electric (PV)
So, I posted this in alt.solar.thermal.
There are many there that know a lot about solar water heating.
One thing for sure : Solar water heating is almost certainly cost-effective
so it is worth looking into.
Posted by meow2222 on March 18, 2006, 4:37 am
Rob Dekker wrote:
Lots of companies do. There is no one best design, each works best in
different ways and circumstances, with different pros and cons. You
need a complete system design, and it sounds like thats what you need
Posted by SJC on March 18, 2006, 6:14 am
A good design should be done by qualified people after a
careful analysis. You might also consider professional installation.
Posted by sugna41 on March 18, 2006, 12:00 pm
You may want to consider a solar battery charge system(with a 12 to 24
hour charge capacity) to run an underground Thermal Heat Pump. These
heat pumps can work both ways-produce heat for the cooler winter months
by extracting it from the earth and by reversing it in the summer, the
excess heat can be forced underground for cooling. The pump on an hour
by hour basis uses the same quanity of power but shuts down once the
desired temperature is reached. The solar pannels would charge a
battery which enables electricity to be availible when needed to run
the pump. Hook up to the grid in the event of failure of your
solar-battery system ensures that the system will keep running and
vice-versa. I know of one large building that is heated and cooled
through out the year with this system satisfactorly. With this system,
a home owner can reudce heating, cooling costs, reduce CO2 emmisions
into the atmosphere and still live in a relative comfort both winter
Posted by meow2222 on March 20, 2006, 3:53 am
should be, or is in the real world?