Low Cost Solar Heating

The possibilities of solar heating seem to have no boundaries and yet less than 1% of our energy comes from this precious renewable resource. The main objection to using the sun's energy has to do with cost. Even if a reasonable pay back period is assured the initial cost of a solar heating system is objectionable and do-it-yourself solar heating projects are often frowned upon by the building department and neighbors. The high cost of copper, manufacturing expenses, shipping costs, building permits, plumbing permits, financing and labor expenses are more than most people will tolerate, however, a low cost, practical solar heating system is a dream ready to come true for carpenters who understand the nature of solar thermal systems.

This page explores some basic, conventional domestic solar hot water and heating systems that use conventional, expensive, solar heating components as well as a number of home made systems that are far less expensive. For the past year I've been working on a revolutionary low cost, easy to build, easy to install solar heating system that's finally ready for the marketplace. Additional modifications may improve performance but I do believe the MTD system is now a viable contender for the fossil fuel market.

CONVENTIONAL SOLAR HOT WATER AND SOLAR HEATING SYSTEMS   BASICS John Patterson


WARM CLIMATE SYSTEMS
BATCH HEATER
  Sustainable Living

BATCH HEATER
  Frederic S. Langa
BATCH HEATER
  Richard Komp
THERMO SIPHON
  Solar Heart  (a commercial system)
SUNSPACE
  Rucker Coleman
CONCENTRATORS Science Center
Solar Hot Water System in a Box  not recommended for cold climates.

COLD CLIMATE SYSTEMS
CLOSED LOOP
                                   Ken Olson
OPEN LOOP  drain-back
                   Tom Lane & Ken Olson
OPEN LOOP trickle-down                    Nick Pine
OPEN LOOP modified trickle down    John Canivan  (the download of a streaming video player must be allowed to see this show) 


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