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Cost, Design and Performance of Solar Hot Water in Cold Climate Homes (2011)
This report was written for the Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings (CARB). The report evaluates two different solar thermal water heating systems installed on residential housing and analyzes their effectiveness to make recommendations for further use.
Both of the systems were roughly the same price and were used on 4 person houses that used around 60-80 gallons of hot water daily. After evaluating the systems, the researchers found serious problems that they addressed, which increased the year round solar fraction to 60%. However, the researchers concluded that there were some potential drawbacks to using this design of tank less heaters.
Author: Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings (CARB)
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