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Solar thermal components adapted to common building standards (SCAS)

  • Publisert 25.02.2007
  • Sist oppdatert 20.05.2011

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Background
Worldwide solar energy utilization by means of solar heating systems is one of the most important ways to utilize renewable energy sources today. The solar heating market worldwide is growing by about 30% per year. In Europe the market from 2005 to 2006 had a growth of 50%. It is expected that the market growth will continue. 

Recommendations
If the Nordic solar heating industry should benefit from the large European solar heating market, it is required that they can offer high quality products. Development of such products must be based on detailed research. Unfortunately the Nordic solar heating industry is relatively weak compared to the solar heating industry in Central Europe. Today it is therefore not possible for the Nordic industry alone to finance the research and development needed to develop competitive solar heating systems for the future. It is therefore strongly recommended that national and Nordic research programs in the future will support solar heating research and development in the Nordic and Baltic countries.

Results & conclusions
Pilot versions of a solar heating/natural gas burner system, of a solar heating/pellet burner system and of a façade/roof integrated polymeric collector have been installed in the summer of 2006 in a number of demonstration houses in Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

These three new products have been evaluated by means of measurements of the thermal performance and energy savings of the pilot systems in practice and by means of a commercial evaluation.

The conclusion of the evaluations is that the products are attractive for the industry partners METRO THERM A/S, Solentek and SOLARNOR. It is expected that the companies will bring the products into the market in 2007.

In short:

 

  • Higly attractive new products for architects, the construction industry and private home owners
  • Three new concepts developed for building integrated solar heating system
  • Energy savings for solar heating systems is higher than normally anticipated
Project duration: 01.03.2006 - 31.12.2006

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