Solar Thermal Energy Solutions
This course focuses on solar heating applications in buildings with an emphasis on solar hydronic plumbing systems.
What you can learn.
- Define the principles of solar hydronic heating in buildings and industry and how to apply them
- Identify the basics for building solar heating systems
- Identify the characteristics of flat-plate and evacuated-tube solar collectors, and be able to specify an appropriate collector type for a given project
About this course:This course focuses on solar heating applications in buildings with an emphasis on solar hydronic plumbing systems. This includes solar domestic hot water as well as more complex solar combisystems where solar heat collectors can be combined with space heating, domestic hot water, and other heat sources and heat loads. Students learn "things that work," especially solar heating components and system configurations that have proven to perform well over the long term. The course explores proven solar heating methods that lead to better modular components and faster standardized designs. Topics include design, sizing, and configurations of solar collectors and their integration into hydronic heating systems that include hot-water boilers and heat storage tanks. Instruction also covers the differences between the most popular types of solar heat collectors and the most common types of solar heating systems, their components, and control strategies.
It is advisable that you complete the following (or equivalent) since they are prerequisites for Solar Thermal Energy Solutions.