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The report describes the advantages and applications of solar systems to the heating of water for domestic use, and examines forced circulation and natural circulation systems in particular. A table is provided which sets out the points to be considered when selecting a system to fulfil requirements. The report identifies the data which must be gathered to determine the size and design of the collector for a water heater. A well designed solar water heater, for a family of 4/5, will require a storage tank with a capacity of 180 litres and a collector surface area of 3 m2 (i.e. a 60 litre storage tank for every m2 of solar collector surface area).

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Authors: GILLIAERT D, JRC Ispra (IT);TEBALDI P, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Meeting Architettura Bioclimatica, Varese (IT), May 7, 1991
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper IT 36345 ORA
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