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What is solar water heating system?
Solar hot water systems capture heat from the sun and use it to heat homes. The system can be passive or active – while the passive system uses gravity and natural circulation, and the active system uses pumps and controls to circulate water.
Solar hot water (also known as solar hot water) is a good solution if you want to reduce the cost of heating water for your home or business. With solar water heating system, you can use solar energy to reduce the dependence on traditional heat sources (such as oil, electricity and natural gas), so as to obtain rich and environmentally friendly energy – the sun!
The payback period for solar hot water systems depends on how you heat water at present. For example, the payback period for solar hot water systems replacing natural gas will be longer than that for electricity or gasoline, because natural gas is a relatively cheap fuel.
If you install a solar hot water system on the roof, you can get considerable annual returns based on your water consumption and previous water heating methods. In addition, the use of solar hot water systems can reduce your emissions and the impact of your home on the environment.
Passive Solar Water Heating System
Passive systems are installed in areas where freeze protection is not a problem. The most common types are global collector storage (ICS) and thermal siphon systems.
In the system, water from cold cities flows into roof collectors. Thermosyphon requires water to rise because it is a fact of heat. The solar heating water in the flat collector rises through the pipeline and flows to the top of the insulated storage tank. The cooler water at the bottom of the tank is sucked into the lower entrance of the solar collector.
- Integrated collectors, which work best in areas where temperatures are rarely below freezing point. They are also suitable for households requiring large amounts of hot water during the day and at night.
- In a thermosyphon system, when warm water rises as the cooler sink drops, the water flows through the solar water heater system. The collector must be installed under the tank so that the warm water can rise to the tank. These systems are reliable, but due to heavy storage tanks, contractors must pay special attention to roof design. They are usually more expensive than an overall collector-storage passive system.
Active Solar Water Heating System
The active system uses an electric pump to circulate water through the collector. In warm climates, direct (or open-loop) solar water heater systems are practical: urban water enters insulated storage tanks. The pump pumps water out of the tank through a solar collector and returns to the tank. Household hot water is pumped from the top of the tank, sometimes through a pressurized heater.
In cold climates, the roof of the system must be protected by draining when the temperature drops or by running antifreeze. These cold weather systems require temperature sensors, electric pumps and automatic control systems, which increase the complexity and cost of installation.
At present, the most common cold weather system is closed-loop anti-freezing heat exchange system or active indirect system. When the collector becomes hot, propylene glycol antifreeze for food safety is pumped through the collector and through the heat exchanger, and then returned to the collector. Heat exchangers heat urban water for household use.
- Direct circulation system, the pump will circulate household water through the collector and into the home. They work well in a climate that is rarely frozen.
- In an indirect circulation system, a pump circulates non-refrigerated heat transfer fluids through a collector and heat exchanger. This heates the water and then flows into the house. They are popular in climates prone to freezing temperatures.
Which solar collectors are used for residential applications?
Solar water heating systems almost always require backup systems to meet cloudy days and increased demand. Traditional water storage heaters often provide backup and may already be part of the solar system package.
Standby systems can also be part of solar collectors, such as roof tanks with thermal siphons. Since the integrated collector storage system already stores hot water in addition to solar heat, it can be packaged with a tank-free or demand-based water heater for standby use.
- Flat plate collector
Glass plate collectors are insulated, weather-proof boxes containing a dark absorption plate under one or more glass or plastic (polymer) caps. Glazeless flat panel collectors – commonly used for solar cell heating – have black absorption plates, made of metal or polymer, and no lid or shell.
- Global Collector-Storage System
Also known as ICS or batch processing systems, they have one or more black cans or tubes in insulated glass boxes. Cold water is first preheated through a solar collector. Then the water continues with the traditional standby water heater to provide a reliable hot water source. They should only be installed in mild frozen weather, as outdoor pipes may freeze in cold weather.
- Vacuum tube solar collector
They have parallel rows of transparent glass tubes. Each tube contains a glass outer tube and a metal absorption tube connected to the fin. The fin coating absorbs solar energy but inhibits radiation heat loss. These collectors are more frequently used in commercial applications in the United States.
- Solar pool heaters
One particular way to use solar water heaters is the swimming pool-solar pool heating system, which is a good way to use solar energy.
Solar pool heaters use solar panels (also known as collectors), which collect heat from the sun and transfer it to the pool water pumped through them. These solar collectors usually look like photovoltaic panels, but there is room inside for water to flow through and heat the pool.
Comparing solar thermal and photovoltaic systems
There are far more stories of troubled solar thermal systems than of troubled photovoltaic systems. Solar thermal systems sometimes produce bubbles, interfere with the circulation of fluids, suffer from pipeline leakage, or meet the problem of overheating in summer. By contrast, photovoltaic systems without these headaches look attractive.
Compared with photovoltaic systems, solar thermal systems have several disadvantages:
- Unlike photovoltaic systems, most solar thermal systems have moving parts (pumps and solenoid valves).
- In cold climates, solar thermal systems are sometimes frozen.
- Solar thermal systems need regular maintenance, including replacement of antifreeze.
- Unlike photovoltaic grid-connected power generation systems, owners of solar thermal systems are unable to sell redundant hot water systems produced in summer, who can count their surplus electricity production during the summer vacation.
- Although photovoltaic arrays mounted on poles can include tracking mechanisms to track the path of the sun through the sky, it is virtually impossible to install solar collectors on trackers.
- On average, photovoltaic systems may last longer than solar thermal systems.
Review of Solar Hot Water Heaters
If you are looking for a simple solar hot water treatment method, passive or “batch” systems may be superior to active solar water heaters. Passive systems use thermodynamic characteristics to circulate water through the system. When water warms, it naturally moves to cooler areas, creating natural cycles within the system.
Although effective in warm climates, passive systems usually provide less hot water than active systems and are more easily frozen. When looking at various models, our experts carefully studied the ESC-50.
ESC-50 passive solar water heater is an independent stand-alone system, which integrates solar collector and water storage tank. In most applications, this model is used as a preheater for instantaneous or conventional water heaters.
Since only local water pressure and solar radiation are used to operate, there is no need for pumps, control devices or mechanical or electrical components. Lack of moving parts greatly reduces the amount of maintenance required and prolongs the service life of the system. The ESC-50 system includes a bypass valve and a drainage faucet to allow the owner to evacuate the water collector in case of hard freezing.
After installation, the system will run automatically. Water is circulated to the collector and stored in the collector until hot water is used at home. Once hot water is needed, solar preheater is sucked into traditional water heaters, thereby reducing the amount of electricity or gas required for water heating.
The ESC-50 solar water heater retails for less than $10,000 as a complete system. According to the manufacturer, it can reduce the annual cost of water heating by 50% to 90%.
If you live in a cold climate or want to really get the most out of investing in solar water heaters, then a positive system may be your choice. Active solar water heaters use a series of pumps and valves to force water through the system to provide maximum solar energy. Two popular models are ESC-40 ESC-50 ESC-60.
ESC-50 solar water heating system is specially designed for household water heating equipment. It is the only polymer system specially designed for household water heating. By first using polymer materials for swimming pool heating systems, it has gained a reputation, and these polymers have now become industry standard materials for non-household uses.
Although most solar heating systems use copper tubes in collectors to absorb and retain solar energy, they use extruded polymers. The advantage of this cycle system is that unique self-locking connectors and flexible polymer pipes do not require accessories, which reduces installation time, labor and leakage risk.
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