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Abstract

This demonstration project involved the design, construction and operation of a solar panel installation, with extensive performance monitoring of the solar panels during two years of operation, 1984 and 1985. The installation consisted of 43 m of unglazed, uninsulated polypropylene panels manufactured by Robinson's Developments. The panels were designed to replace the use of direct electric pool water heating during the summer months, April to September inclusive. The disappointing results of the performance monitoring indicate that heating pool water, in Irish climatic conditions, is not a suitable application for this type of panel, where the pool water temperature is maintained at approximately 30 degrees C. However, this is not a reflection on the basic technology; rather it indicates that other more suitable applications must be found. Daily efficiencies of collection of between 3.6 to 68.8% were recorded with an average value of 22% from the sample of days analysed.

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Authors: HENNESSY T D ELECTRICITY SUPPLY BOARD, DUBLIN (IRELAND), ELECTRICITY SUPPLY BOARD, DUBLIN (IRELAND)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 11063 EN (1987) FS, 105 P., BFR 350, EUROFFICE, LUXEMBOURG, POB 1003
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Record Number: 1989126053500 / Last updated on: 1989-03-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Available languages: en