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Abstract

Robinsons Developments have successfully demonstrated the performance of unglazed and uninsulated solar collectors used for swimming pool heating in the framework of the CEC demonstration program for solar heated swimming pools comprising a total of 52 installations distributed all over the Community. The CEC contributed some 40% of the cost of solar equipment and monitoring. The performance of solar heating systems at 8 different pools, each equipped with solar panels manufactured by Robinsons, was monitored accurately over a two year period. Four of the pools were outdoor and four were indoor + all were large installations for school or local authority pools. The project provided useful system design experience which has been incorporated into the forthcoming British Standard Code of Practice on Swimming Pool Solar Heating, with which Robinsons have been closely involved. The performance results have also been used to validate the computer model developed for the British Standards work. This may now be reliably used for predicting the performance of future installations using collectors either with performance characteristics similar to the Robinsons type or with different characteristics. A general conclusion applicable to the U.K. (London area) is that for outdoor pools with a temperature in the range 21-24 degrees C the energy contribution of unglazed solar collectors will be around 300 kWh/m2 of collector area per season (April to September). For indoor pools, generally heated to higher temperatures (25-27 degrees C) the energy saving will be of the order of collector area during the same average season.

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Authors: SPELMAN N A C ROBINSONS DEVELOPMENTS LTD., WINCHESTER, HANT. (UK), ROBINSONS DEVELOPMENTS LTD., WINCHESTER, HANT. (UK)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 10179 EN (1985), MF, 189 P., BFR 300, BLOW-UP COPY BFR 945, EUROFFICE, LUXEMBOURG, POB 1003
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Record Number: 1989124047300 / Last updated on: 1987-01-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Available languages: en