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Solar Thermal Report- Spring 2013: Solar thermal resources

Guide for installers is among the tools available to contractors and engineers.
By Kelly Faloon
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When we began publishing Solar Installer in 2008, our intent was to educate the readers of Plumbing & Mechanical about systems that use the renewable energy source of the sun to heat water and buildings. We


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Solar Thermal Report- Spring 2013: PP-R to PEX transition

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Aquatherm introduces a new polypropylene-random to PEX transition. The transitions, available in 1/2”, 3/4” and 1” sizes, are made from PP-R and brass.
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Solar Thermal Report- Spring 2013: Hybrid drainback appliance

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Wagner & Co. unveils its newest line of SECUSOL systems designed as standalone appliances for domestic hot water preparation.


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Solar Thermal Report- Spring 2013: Setpoint control with variable-speed pump

tekmar’s Setpoint Difference Control 157 uses variable-speed pump operations to get more heat from a solar thermal system, even on less-than-ideal days.
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tekmar’s Setpoint Difference Control 157 uses variable-speed pump operations to get more heat from a solar thermal system, even on less-than-ideal days.
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Solar Thermal Report- Spring 2013: If I Made the Tanks, Part 1

What would an ideal pressurized thermal storage tank for a solar combisystem look like?
By John Siegenthaler, P.E.
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Residential solar combisystems provide domestic water heating and some percentage of space heating. Although less known than domestic hot water-only systems, combisystems can be practical and efficient if properly sized and designed.
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Solar Thermal Report-Spring 2012: Winning gold with solar

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Eastern Mennonite University’s focus on sustainability engages students and faculty to care for their environment.
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Trends in solar water heating

By Kelly Faloon
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Manufacturers are reducing costs of systems to remain competitive with other energy sources.
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Solar thermal products - Spring 2012

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Solar thermal products from STR Spring 2012.
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Solar Thermal Report - Fall 2011: Solar shines in coal country

By Kelly Faloon
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Kentucky homeowners are beginning to look at solar to lower their energy costs.
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Tilting at collectors

By John Siegenthaler, P.E.
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Mounting solar panels at the proper angle is critical in maximizing system performance.
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