Solar Water Heating

Authored by: Muhammad Asif , Tariq Muneer

Encyclopedia of Environmental Management

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439829271
eBook ISBN: 9781351235860
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-EEM-120046149

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Abstract

Solar water heating is one of the most successful applications of solar thermal technologies. It provides environmentally clean energy and has enormous potential within domestic and industrial sectors. Solar water heaters are categorized into three main types: thermosyphon, built-in-storage, and forced circulation. This entry provides the fundamentals of technology for solar water heating and a description of parameters that determine the performance of a solar water heating system. Economics of solar water heating and the market trends around the world are also discussed. Results from a specific life cycle assessment undertaken on a built-in-storage solar water heater are also presented.

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