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Solar Thermal Report

This three-times-a-year publication showcases projects, technical articles and new products for solar hot water professionals.


Solar Thermal Report- Spring 2013: Solar thermal resources

Guide for installers is among the tools available to contractors and engineers.
April 26, 2013

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

April 26, 2013
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

April 26, 2013

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.
April 26, 2013
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?
April 26, 2013
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

April 1, 2012
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

April 1, 2012
Manufacturers are reducing costs of systems to remain competitive with other energy sources.
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Solar thermal products - Spring 2012

April 1, 2012
Solar thermal products from STR Spring 2012.
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Solar Thermal Report - Fall 2011: Solar shines in coal country

November 1, 2011
Kentucky homeowners are beginning to look at solar to lower their energy costs.
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Tilting at collectors

November 1, 2011
Mounting solar panels at the proper angle is critical in maximizing system performance.
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