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      Solar hot water systems heat water by solar energy. Such systems consist of solar collectors, a fluid system that absorbs the sun energy, and a reservoir for heat storage for later use. The system may be used to heat water for home, swimming pools, or for space heating and cooling and more.

      Background Information

    • Solar Hot Water [View Resource]
    • Solar Water Heaters: EERE Consumer's Guide [View Resource]
    • Solar Hot Water Basics [View Resource]
    • Solar Water Heating [View Resource]
    • Solar Water Heating [View Resource]
    • Is it possible to heat a house with sunshine alone? [View Resource]

      K-12 Experiments, DIY, Labs, Science Fair Projects

    • Solar Water Heaters & Collectors: Science Fair Projects [View Experiment]
    • Design a simple Solar Water Heater [View Experiment]
    • A Model Solar Hot Water Heater [View Experiment]
    • Build a solar collector and demonstrate how solar hot water can be made. [View Experiment]
    • Many designs for solar water heaters circulate water through a series of coiled or looped tubes in a collector box with a transparent cover facing the sun. In this activity, you will find out if such a design really works. [View Experiment]
    • How to Build a Solar Hot Water System [View Experiment]
    • Build your own solar thermal panel [View Experiment]
    • Build an Integral Passive Solar Water Heater [View Experiment]
    • Build Your Own Solar Water Heating Panel [View Experiment]
    • Our First Solar Hot Water Experiment [View Experiment]

      College Experiments, Labs, Studies and Articles

    • Low-Cost Polymer Based Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems [View Experiment]
    • Simulation of the interaction of a solar domestic hot water tank system with a compact plate heat exchanger [View Experiment]
    • Solar thermal collectors and applications [View Experiment]
    • Experimental investigation on a combined sensible and latent heat storage unit integrated with solar water heating system [View Experiment]
    • Solar hot water installation with stratified accumulation [View Experiment]
    • Performance analysis of a solar adsorption heating and cooling system [View Experiment]
    • An experimental study on single basin solar still augmented with evacuated tubes [View Experiment]

      Theses and Dissertations

    • Domestic Hot Water System Combining Solar and Waste Heat from Thermoelectric Air-Conditioner [View Thesis]
    • Theoretical analysis of solar water heating system [View Thesis]
    • Heat transfer during spray water cooling using steady experiments [View Thesis]


    • Solar hot water cooling system (US Patent 5339645, 1994) [View Patent]
    • Solar hot water system without heat exchanger (US Patent 4501262, 1985) [View Patent]
    • Method and apparatus for providing differential temperature thermostat control for solar hot water systems (US Patent 4129118, 1978) [View Patent]

      See Also

    • Solar Collectors [View Experiment]
    • Build Your Own Solar Cooker [View Experiment]
    • Solar Thermal Energy [View Experiment]

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