Solar Home Heating

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Home heating through Solar Power. (Photo Credits)

Warming the whole home requires a lot of energy, and therefore incurs a huge chunk of utility costs for any home or commercial property. This is the reason why more and more companies and individual families are considering to invest on renewable sources of energy to save costs in the long run. Electrical Association 

In Denmark, the world’s largest solar heating system has been fired up as featured in the website State of Green. “Over the last seven months, a lorry has gone to Arcon-Sunmark in Skørping 455 times in order to unload solar panels for the world’s biggest solar heating system in Silkeborg. The system consists of 12,436 solar panels for each 12.6 m2, a complete area of 156,694 m2. On a sunny day in the summer half, 2.7 million litres of water circulate through the system every hour. Through 1.2 kilometre long district heating pipes, the system connects to a heating plant. – One fifth of the heat consumption in Silkeborg is now covered by solar heat; a figure we have been proud of contributing to in collaboration with Silkeborg Forsyning. The project is living proof that redistribution to sustainable energy does not have to be a long and difficult process. It can be realised quickly and effectively, says Søren Elisiussen, the managing director at Arcon-Sunmark.”

Read more about it here.

Do-it-Yourself Solar Home Heating System

Solar Power World Online meantime shared some ways to generate home heat using solar power. Electrician         

“Rather than storing energy in batteries, another option is to store solar energy in the form of hot water. Figure 2 shows a 1.2-kW off-grid solar inverter connected to the lower heating element of a water heater, delivering solar energy directly from the solar panels to heat the water. This type of system design doesn’t require a battery. The temperature for the lower heating element can be set much higher than the upper element. This prevents the upper element, which consumes grid power, from turning on unless a large amount of hot water is used within a short time.”

Read the rest of the instructional guide here.

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Aalborg CSP meantime shared information about building a solar powered heating system in Denmark.

“Aalborg CSP, a global specialist in solar-thermal systems, has commenced installation of a highly efficient solar district heating plant consisting of flat plate collectors in Denmark. After many successful concentrated solar power (CSP) plants around the world, this will be the first stand-alone flat panel solar field that the company builds, and it will also be one of the most efficient ones in Denmark that is well-known for its green district heating facilities.”

The continuation can be found here.

Heating the home using solar energy greatly reduces cost in the long run.