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Solar louvre building integrated collector (SOLAR LOUVRE)

Objective

The proposed research aims to investigate a novel integrated louver solar collector system intended for use in buildings, to provide solar shading, control over internal daylight levels and thermal energy. Solar thermal energy could be used to drive a wide range of building services systems e.g., space heating, water heating, solar-driven electricity generation and refrigeration. The collectors would utilise heat pipe technology, which in addition to offering high collector efficiency, will also provide flexibility to collect heat over a range of temperatures to suit the desired building services application. Louvers currently find wide uptake where they provide protection for glazed spaces within buildings during the cooling season. Applications include vertical glazed facades, atria roofs, conservatories etc. Solar louver collectors offer a cost-effective and aesthetically acceptable means for integrating renewable into buildings.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
Address
University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham
United Kingdom

Participants (3)

FACULDADE DE ENGENHARIA DE UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO
Portugal
Address
Rua Dr Roberto Frias
4200-465 Porto
SULZER INFRA LAB AG
Switzerland
Address
46,Zurcherstrasse 19/15
8401 Winterthur
THERMOMAX LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Balloo Crescent
NT19 2UP Bangor