27 Aug '12, 5pm

Honeycomb Solar Thermal Collector Promises Higher Efficiency, Lower Cost Hot Water and Space Heating

© TIGI Solar Heating water with solar energy in the desert isn't that much of a challenge - even a coiled up hose sitting in the sun will work in a pinch - but producing solar hot water or space heating in cold climates year-round is a whole different ball of wax. However, a new highly efficient design for solar thermal collectors by TIGI Solar in Israel promises to lower the associated energy costs of heating water, especially in areas with colder climates. On the surface of the Honeycomb Collector is a proprietary "transparent insulation technology", shaped like a honeycomb, which allows sunlight to pass through to heat the collecting surface while suppressing heat losses from convection and conduction at the same time. This design is said to be very energy-efficient, enabling the sun's energy to easily enter the collector while keeping energy losses to a minimum, even w...

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