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For a Solar Future,
Hands-on Workshop: Building a Solar Water Heater
The Long Branch Environmental Education Center is sponsoring a hands-on workshop with inventor Walt Clark on Building a Solar Water Heater September 6-7, 2008 from 9am to 5pm at the Center in the Big Sandy Mush Creek Community in northwest Buncombe County.
The design is an Integrated Passive Solar Water Heating System (IPSWH), also known as a Batch System, Breadbox Solar Water Heater, or Integrated Collector and Storage System (ICS).
It will feature the use of 3-40 gallon water heating tanks plumbed in series that will be able to generate 175 degrees F. on a sunny day and provide 80% of a residence’s needs.
The design is the essence of simplicity: Put water holding tanks in an insulated box, with glass on the side facing south and fill it with water.
No moving parts, nothing to break down, free fuel and no pollution.
This user-friendly design is extremely practical for homeowners, students and novices.
No prior building skills necessary, though architects, engineers, and building contractors are welcome, and everyone is welcome to bring along their carpentry and plumbing tools.
Workshop leader is Walt Clark, a solar designer, inventor, and builder with over 35 years of experience who holds an international patent on a unique solar device.
Issues to be covered include:
• Introduction - defining passive solar water heaters, classification of types
• A History of IPSWHs - U.S. history of first solar water heaters and first commercial solar water heaters
• Basic Design Principles - radiation, available solar energy in various parts of U.S., emmitance, absorption, reflection, transmissivity, reflector types, conduction, convection
• IPSWH Design - placement, performance related to slope and orientation, color, heat retention, glazing layers, shutters, shades, insulation, reflectors, sizing, hot water needs, backup system, construction, concepts for virtually free solar water heaters, concepts for advanced solar water heaters
• Operating an IPSWH - reflector adjustment, open lids, conservation or staging of hot water use
• Backup Heating - wood stoves and heaters, gas, electric, flash heaters
• Building Your Own - step by step guide to designing and building your own solar water heater including safety considerations
• The Future is for IPSWHs - energy costs keep rising!
Cost for the workshop is $50 and will be limited to 15 attendees. Participants are asked to bring their own lunch.
Please call or email Paul Gallimore at 828 683 3662 or firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure a place and get directions.