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Abstract

This report describes a project whose aim was to find and compare the thermal performance of two solar water preheat systems which shared proximity of sites, urban environment and British weather conditions, but differed in design principles and used different components. Monitoring the durability, reliability and social usefulness of the systems was also part of the project. The two systems were each installed on two buildings providing sheltered accommodation for the elderly. One system, a centralized domestic hot-water system served all occupants of a purpose-built unit providing accommodation for 44 people. The second system preheated water subsequently used in a unit of 28 one-person flats and eight bedsitting-room flats. The system consists of two banks of solar collectors each linked in turn to two separate systems comprising their own pumps, heat exchangers and control devices but feeding a common system of storage tanks. The report gives details of the design of each building unit preheating system and analyses and compares their cost-effectiveness. The acceptance of solar energy by the occupants of the buildings is also described.

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Authors: JESCH L ENERGY ENGINEERING LTD, BIRMINGHAM, UK, ENERGY ENGINEERING LTD, BIRMINGHAM, UK
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 11275 EN (1988) FS, PP 78, ECU 7.00, AVAILABILITY: EUROFFICE, LUXEMBOURG, BP 1003, GDL
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