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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 panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
Renewable energy

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

...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, though recent innovations such as Viessman's Vitosol solar thermal water heater has revived that debate. Photovoltaic systems in the mechanical room ©...

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...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...thermal mass can also serve as a thermal battery and help make solar thermal heat collection more comfortable and a better investment. Reduce dependency on automated systems: Moving parts fail, it’s a fact of life. And the more complicated systems a house has, the more there is to go wrong. Systems like automated s...

Prefab frost-protected shallow foundation insulated form kit
Slab on Grade

Raft slabs - How to build Insulated Frost Protected shallow foundations (FPSF) on problem soils

...thermal battery by storing and releasing heat , which helps balance temperatures in both summer and winter. Such quantities of heated thermal mass inside the building envelope also provides heat security in the event of a power outage, by slowly releasing its heat over the course of days. Raft slabs can be heated wit...

Passive Solar Home design at it's best - Kenogami House - EcoHome
Passive solar home design

Ecohome Kenogami House wins Home of the Year Award

...thermal battery that will work in conjunction with the air-to-water heat pump, which can store approximately 10 times the heat by volume as water. As this home was designed for resiliency, among other notable features it includes an underground 2000 gallon rainwater harvesting system which feeds showers and toilets d...

Efficient home design

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

...thermal battery . The very idea of keeping a building at room temperature no matter the season, is something of an uphill battle against the laws of physics. We can't change or break those laws, but this is a case where we could use them to our advantage. Find out more about advanced home design, how to design for ...

Decentralized Energy Generation for LEED, Passive House & Green Homes
Renewable energy

Which is the Best Type of Home Energy Generation for Green Homes?

...thermal systems in particular can be a great heat source if you have a hydronic heating system . Rather than generating power that in turn runs electric heaters, solar thermal systems pump liquid through solar panels to absorb heat directly from the sun and transfer it into your home. Heated liquid (usually glycol) is ...

The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
Passive solar home design

Ecohome design wins House of the Year Award from Green Builder® Magazine

...thermal battery , to avoid overheating and save excess heat for when it is needed. Modern house building techniques were able to evolve slowly over the last century, coasting along with a seemingly endless supply of cheap fossil fuels, ripe for the picking. A hundred years ago, houses had no insulation, but most had ...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...thermal mass of the concrete floor, using it as a thermal battery for night time residual heat release. To make certain that the eco-friendly polished sealed concrete floor never feels cold underfoot, there is a 10-zone hydronic radiant-floor heating system paired with an electric boiler with carefully controlled backu...

Tesla Solar Roof shingles
Solar photovoltaic

The Tesla Solar Roof: we love the hype, but we'd like to see some actual facts.

...battery to the market there was similar fanfare, yet it didn't come close to meeting the expectations of the brand or even match the performance of existing batteries and shortly afterwards it was quietly discontinued. It has since been replaced by the higher capacity Powerwall 2 . What we like about Tesla's Solar Ro...