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This project involved the design, construction and evaluation of a simple passive solar collector adapted to farm buildings in Quebec. The chosen system comprises a large solar collector covering much of the South wall of an otherwise standard (but well-insulated) agricultural hangar. Three variant collector designs were tested measurements of collector temperatures and air movement were related to measured solar energy impacting on the collector, and to exterior and interior ambient temperatures. Thermal performance of the collectors was assessed and it was found that using the most efficient design for the whole wall (48 m2) would produce an average output of 20.5 kW from October to April. This type of collector would be economically viable with a 4.5-yr amortization under the circumstances described (i.e., built by the farmer himself).
a solar wall for supplementary heating of a farm building
Paris, J., Davidson, C. and M. Falardeau 1988. A SOLAR WALL FOR SUPPLEMENTARY HEATING OF A FARM BUILDING. Canadian Agricultural Engineering 30(1):125-132.
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