Smart solar tanks - Heat storage of the future?

Simon Furbo, Louise Jivan Shah

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    Abstract

    Preliminary investigations of a smart solar tank concept for small SDHW-systems have been carried out. In the tank the operation of the auxiliary energy supply system is controlled by the hot water demand and by the consumption pattern. Water at the top of the tank is only heated by the auxiliary energy supply system to a required temperature in periods with hot water demand. The tank is heated by the auxiliary energy supply system from the top so that the volume of water heated to the required temperature can be controlled in a flexible way. In periods with a large hot water demand the volume can be large and in periods with a small hot water demand the volume can be small. For instance, the energy supply system can be controlled on measurements of the energy content of the tank during all hours of the week and based on a required hot water consumption and consumption pattern which can be selected by the owner of the system. Preliminary tests of a 175 l smart solar tank have been carried out. Finally, theoretical calculations of the yearly thermal performances of small SDHW-systems based on standard tanks and on a smart solar tank have been carried out. Based on the investigations recommendations for future development work are given.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSmart solar tanks - Heat storage of the future?
    Place of PublicationTaejon
    Publication date1997
    Publication statusPublished - 1997
    EventISES 1997 Solar World Congress - Taejon, Korea, Republic of
    Duration: 24 Aug 199730 Aug 1997

    Conference

    ConferenceISES 1997 Solar World Congress
    CountryKorea, Republic of
    CityTaejon
    Period24/08/199730/08/1997

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    Furbo, S., & Shah, L. J. (1997). Smart solar tanks - Heat storage of the future? In Smart solar tanks - Heat storage of the future?