|Analysis tools to size and design
Includes references and tools for solar collector design, and information on the organizations that test and rate solar collector performance.
|Solar Collector Design|
|CoDePro -- Flat Plate Collector Design Program||Program develops the efficiency curve given inputs on the collector glazing, absorber, insulation etc.|
|Active Solar Collectors and Their
|A great engineering reference on solar collectors of almost all types.|
|Effects of Tilt and Azimuth On
Annual Incident Solar Radiation For the United States Locations
Craig Christensen and Greg Barker
paper provides a very simple set of contour plots that show optimum
collector orientation, and the performance effect for deviations from
Covers only the US, but the general relationships would be useful elsewhere.
Some limitations -- read the cautions in the paper.
|Solar Collector Ratings and Performance|
|Solar Collector and Certification
Select a collector by criteria and getting ratings...
The SRCC provides independent certification, rating, and performance data
for solar collectors and for solar water heating systems.
This is (as far as I know) the only reliable way to get apples to apples numbers on collector performance.
To get the detailed report on a collector, use the "Collector Ratings Summaries" to find the collector you want, and then click on its link to get the detailed report.
Comparison Of Various Collectors,
uses the SRCC ratings and collector price data to evaluate the
price/performance for several flat plate and evacuated tube collectors for
his latest solar water heating project.
It is a great example of how to use the SRCC data to make a good decision on which collector is best for a particular application.
Collector Power Output Simulation,
Using this tool to answer questions like "How much collector area do I need to heat my home"...
This is a very useful simulation tool for determining output from a solar collector for your location and weather. It uses the your local weather in combination with the efficiency curve for the collector you select to estimate day by day performance for a full year. It uses weather over the period from 1991 to 2005, and gives median year, best year, and worst year performance. Output is provided both as a graph and as a downloadable csv file for further analysis by spreadsheet.
While Andy represents and sells a particular brand of collector, the method covers a wide range of flat plate and evacuated tube collectors.
Collector Area Do I Need To Heat My House?
Or, Estimating Solar Heating
is a question I get asked a lot. Its a tough question that depends on
many things, but here is a method that you can use to get a pretty good idea
what your solar faction is likely to be for
your collector array...
Its fairly lengthy to use, but not difficult.
|SPF -- Solar Collector Performance
|The SPF provides performance test data for a wide range of solar collectors. Collector performance and performance of the collector in 3 kinds of systems are provided. All in a very readable format.|