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Posted by Freud on May 3, 2004, 5:15 pm
I've never used any solar panels before and would appreciate any advice
for a project I'm starting. I'm going to build a small solar water
heater to circulate the water from a paddling pool. I'm envisioning a
box with a coil of copper tubing and a solar panel in it, with the panel
powering a small aquarium-style pump which will move the water through
the pipes. Has anyone built a small system like this? Any tips? I don't
even know where to start looking to buy panels, so any advice will help.

Posted by Kent Hoult on May 3, 2004, 6:38 pm
For something like that you might get buy with one of these little solar
panel / pump
combos they make for pond fountains like these:

The SP003 might be just the thing for $3.

I'm assuming this is a small kiddie pool your talking about. If you need
bigger, just try googling for
"solar waterfall pump" and you'll find a variety of pumps and panel
combinations for any size...


Posted by Freud on May 5, 2004, 2:06 pm
Thanks, I hadn't found that site in my googling - that looks perfect.
Yes, it's for a kiddie pool - I'm hoping to keep the water warm and heat
it up when we fill it.

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