Renewables for Households: solar hot water

Renewables for Households: solar hot water


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Rethinking household energy provision – understanding how to use sunlight to produce hot water.

Learn how you can use solar water heating systems (solar thermal) to directly heat water. The course will cover the different solar water systems available, how they work, and how to assess which is best for your needs.

Key information

  • Duration: one day
  • Upcoming date: Saturday 18 July 2020
  • Start and finish times: starts at 10am and ends at 4.30pm on the last day
  • Fees: £70
  • Includes: tuition, all materials
  • What to bring: waterproof clothing is recommended
  • Terms and Conditions:

What you will learn

This course will give you the ability to decide if a solar thermal system is suited to your needs, develop a cost benefit analysis and quantify the emissions reductions.

We’ll discuss the different types of solar thermal water heating system available, including examining the potential for DIY systems. Through a mixture of lectures and hands on sessions we’ll cover how the systems work, looking at the basic principles of heat transfer and efficiency.

We’ll look at solar thermal resource analysis and how you can use this to assess the energy potential in your own setting. The course will also cover system design, sizing, installation and connection so you’ll leave ready to select and install your own system.

A basic knowledge of MS Excel (or equivalent) is desirable for this course.

Renewables for Households courses

This course is part of a series exploring renewable energy technologies for households. Each course can be taken as a stand alone or as a series where they will equip you with the skills and knowledge to implement different renewable technologies in your home.

Meet your tutors

Alan is a Charted Energy Engineer and lecturer on our postgraduate courses here at CAT. His research ranges from numerical modelling of sustainable energy systems and resources in Europe, to developing international sustainable energy policy and strategy in post-conflict/post-disaster areas of South East Asia.

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