Solar Water Heating : A Comprehensive Guide to Solar Water and Space Heating Systems

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-07-01
  • Publisher: Consortium Book Sales & Dist

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Heating water with the sun is a practice almost as old as humankind itself. Solar Water Heating, now completely revised and expanded, is the definitive guide to this clean and cost-effective technology.

Beginning with a review of the history of solar water and space heating systems from prehistory to the present, Solar Water Heating presents an introduction to modern solar energy systems, energy conservation, and energy economics. Drawing on the authors’ experiences as designers and installers of these systems, the book goes on to cover:

-Types of solar collectors, solar water, and space heating systems and solar pool heating systems, including their advantages and disadvantages

-System components, their installation, operation, and maintenance

-System sizing and siting

-Choosing the appropriate system

This book focuses on the financial aspects of solar water or space heating systems, clearly showing that such systems generate significant savings in the long run. With many diagrams and illustrations to complement the clearly written text, this book is designed for a wide readership ranging from the curious homeowner to the serious student or professional.

Author Biography

Bob Ramlow has been involved in renewable energy system sales, installation and manufacturing since 1976. He is an IREC/ISPQ Certified Solar Thermal Independent Master Trainer and a NABCEP Certified Solar Thermal Installer. He writes and teaches workshops about solar energy. Benjamin Nusz has worked as an installer, site assessor, designer and consultant for solar thermal systems. He currently trains renewable thermal technicians at Mid-State Technical College in Wisconsin.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. IX
Introductionp. 1
Historyp. 5
Conservation and the Economics of Solar Water Heatingp. 11
The True Cost of Fossil Fuelp. 13
A Brief History of Fossil Fuelsp. 15
Life-Cycle Costingp. 17
Types of Solar Collectorsp. 23
Flat Plate Collectorsp. 24
Evacuated Tube Collectorsp. 26
ICS Collectorsp. 30
Concentrating Collectorsp. 32
Pool Collectorsp. 33
Comparing Solar Water Heating Collectorsp. 34
Air Collectorsp. 39
Other System Componentsp. 41
Storage Tanksp. 41
Heat Exchangersp. 46
Pumpsp. 47
Piping and Pipe Insulationp. 49
Solar Fluidsp. 51
Other System Componentsp. 53
Solar Water Heating Systemsp. 65
Introductionp. 65
Pressurized Antifreeze Systemsp. 68
Drainback Systemsp. 77
Integral Collector Storage Systemsp. 82
Thermosiphon Systemsp. 84
Open-Loop Systemsp. 86
Draindown Systemsp. 87
Refrigerant Solar Water Heatersp. 89
Solar Heated Poolsp. 90
Solar Heated Hot Tubs and Spasp. 94
Solar Space Heating Systemsp. 97
Liquid-Type Solar Heating Systemsp. 99
Liquid-Type Systems without Storagep. 99
Liquid-Type Systems with Storagep. 101
Heat Delivery Methodsp. 110
High-Mass Systemsp. 119
Air-Type Solar Heating Systemsp. 124
Choosing the Right System for Your Needsp. 129
Siting a Solar Energy Systemp. 130
Sizing a Solar Water Heating Systemp. 137
Sizing a Solar Space Heating Systemp. 143
Sizing Componentsp. 150
Sizing Expansion Tanksp. 156
Sizing Air Heating Systemsp. 157
System Installationp. 159
Installing Solar Water Heating Systemsp. 159
Handling Solar Collectorsp. 161
Mounting Solar Collectorsp. 165
Mounting the Heat Exchangerp. 181
Plumbing the Systemp. 184
Testing the Systemp. 192
Installing Solar Pool Heating Systemsp. 193
Installing Radiant Floor Tubingp. 194
System Operation and Maintenancep. 203
Charging a Pressurized Systemp. 203
Charging a High-Mass Systemp. 209
Finishing Upp. 209
Controls and Power Sourcesp. 210
Maintenancep. 218
Wire Sizing Chartp. 225
Metric Conversionsp. 227
Temperature and Resistance Conversion Chart for 10K Thermistorsp. 229
Glossaryp. 231
Indexp. 235
About the Authorsp. 245
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Very Nice May 8, 2011
The textbook is generally well written and has helpful illustrations. I would highly recommend this rental textbook to someone new to the idea of solar water heating. It would probably also be good for a professional in heating or plumbing who wants to add some new business.
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