Solar Thermal Technology (2012)

The presentation below was created by Eric Buchanan of the University of Minnesota and provides a comprehensive overview of how solar thermal technology works and how it is used in practice.

Solar thermal has a long and storied history, dating back to 700 BC in China. Today they are most commonly used for space heating and water heating. Flat plate panels and evacuated tubes panels are both used in different kinds of systems. Active, indirect systems with various kinds of freeze protection are typically used in cold climates. Solar thermal air heating and air conditioning are both feasible today thanks to upgrades in collector efficiency and technology.


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