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Solar thermal collectors

All about solar thermal collectors

...solar thermal collector? A photovoltaic (PV) solar collector converts solar radiation into electricity , but a solar thermal collector is much simpler than th...

Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

...solar thermal heat collection . Purchase: You can purchase individual solar components separately, but buying a pre-engineered solar thermal package can mak...

Thermal batteries for passive solar design
Efficient home design

Thermal batteries: how to passively store heat

...thermal solar panels. MIT Solar House thermal battery via Wikimedia What are phase change thermal batteries? Taking advantage of a 'phase change' rais...

Where to place solar panels
Renewable energy

Where to place solar panels

...solar , which is about home orientation and window design to passively heat your home, or active solar which involves mechanical solar panel systems. Solar pa...

Hydronic heating system
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Hydronic heating

...thermal solar in the future. Solar water heating is much less expensive than solar power generation (photovoltaic) . New homes can be made 'solar ready' which...

Passive solar house design
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home design

...solar refers to any system of solar panels whether it be photovoltaic power generation, or thermal solar where liquid passing through tubes collects heat to be ...

Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
Renewable energy

The Kenogami House: Energy systems at the cutting edge of innovation

...solar systems. On average, a photovoltaic system has a much longer service life than a solar thermal system. For a solar thermal system, the less the temper...

R values and insulation performance
Efficient home design

Understanding thermal performance

...thermal performance of wall assemblies and insulation products has long been characterized using R-value, a metric which describes thermal resistance. While R-v...

PSI

Case Study: Kenogami House, Saguenay, Quebec

Performance: Passive Solar Index 15 Registration date: February 12, 2015 Region: Saguenay, Quebec Type of construction: Single-family New home PSI rati...

Solar Air Heating Panels for Homes - How to Build DIY
Solar thermal collectors

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...solar collectors, downspout solar collectors, screen or sheet metal solar collectors. If you don't have it in you to make one yourself, solar air heaters for sa...

Slab on Grade

Finishing the exterior of an insulated slab-on-grade floor

...thermal bridging. What we decided on was plastic straps that passed through the cement board and that were anchored in the concrete. It did hold as planned, t...