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Thermal batteries for passive solar design
Efficient home design

Thermal batteries: how to passively store heat

...thermal battery? Thermal mass of any kind can by definition be called a thermal battery, as it has the ability to store heat. In the context of a house, that means dense materials like bricks, masonry and concrete. Even a jug of water sitting in a sunny window is a thermal battery of sorts as it captures and later re...

Solar Electricity Generation & Storage with no Batteries, Azelio
Renewable energy

Azelio Solar solutions combine electricity generation & storage without Batteries

...thermal collection is quite simple; it can be passive solar home design , or solar air heaters or solar thermal water heaters. Heat can easily be stored in thermal mass (also known as a thermal battery ), which is nothing high tech – concrete, water, stone, wood, etc., are all examples of thermal mass. As a general rul...

Solar thermal collectors

All about solar thermal collectors

...batteries or be fed back into the grid for credit. It is hard to deny the logic behind that; however, there are situations where thermal solar is useful, so we will outline the options. Evacuated tube solar thermal collectors: Solar thermal collector © Viessmann This is the most common type of solar thermal c...

Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The Kenogami House: Energy systems in Net Zero Energy Home Design

...thermal solar panels: It may seem counterintuitive at first, but there is strong case supporting the use of PV panels for heating water over thermal solar systems in Net Zero Energy homes , though recent innovations such as Viessman's Vitosol solar thermal water heater has revived that debate. Photovoltaic system...

Passive solar house design
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home design

...batteries and nothing to break down. It's just about design, and it isn't a new concept. Humans around the globe have been incorporating passive solar design features into their homes for thousands of years . Active solar refers to any system of solar panels whether it be photovoltaic power generation, or thermal sol...

Celsius Solar Igloo
Solar thermal collectors

Celsius: The solar heated igloo!

...thermal mass bench which then radiates heat at night. On the roof are photovoltaic cells that charge batteries which then powers interior lights and the outdoor LED display . © Raphaël Thibodeau Us: Is this shelter a first in Québec? L. McC : There are buildings that are heated with solar po...

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

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...thermal mass included for heat storage, you will likely need an additional heat source like high efficiency wood-burning stoves or fireplaces , or if off-grid an electric-free wood pellet stove . Storing solar heat (thermal batteries): If you incorporate thermal mass into a home to store and release heat , you can ...

The LEED Platinum infill house in Toronto
Real estate

Farnham Avenue House

...thermal system for heating through water-to-water heat pumps and bottom up radiant floor slabs, and geothermal cooling through water-to-air heat pumps, fan coil unit, top down supply air ducts. We also used steam humidification though the air duct system to adjust interior humidity during the dry, cold winter months. ...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...thermal mass to store heat and balance interior temperatures Alvia exterior automated blinds Non-toxic environment: It has been estimated that in North America the average person will spend approximately 90% of their time indoors, so it only makes sense that we work to ensure healthy ind...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...thermal heating and solar water heaters This refers to using solar panels to absorb heat in a liquid (mix of glycol and water) and redistribute it throughout the house, through radiators or radiant floor heat. A system can work to heat your home, as well as pre-heating your domestic hot water. It can easily p...

Smart homes: Remotely control and monitor your energy consumption
Efficient home design

Smart homes: efficiency, comfort & convenience at our fingertips

...thermal balance of your house, this added feature and the added cost may or may not make it the better choice. The downside of the Ecobee4 is that unlike the nest, it does not automatically program itself based on your behaviour. 3. Lyric T5 Although the device is not as advanced as the two models mentioned above...