Conceptual development of a compact unglazed solar thermal facade (STF) for building integration

Shen, Jingchun and Zhang, Xingxing and Yang, Tong and Tang, Llewellyn and Wu, Yupeng and Jin, Ruoyu and Pan, Song and Wu, Jinshun and Xu, Peng (2016) Conceptual development of a compact unglazed solar thermal facade (STF) for building integration. Energy Procedia, 96 . pp. 42-54. ISSN 1876-6102

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Abstract

This research aims to develop an initiative modular unglazed Solar Thermal Facade (STF) concept initially for hot water generation to facilitate the integration of solar energy with buildings. The new STF concept is simple structure, low cost, and aesthetically appealing with easy installation but is expected to achieve the equivalent thermal efficiency as the conventional STFs. It delivered alternative design in terms of material, colour, texture, shape, size, architectural design, installation method, array connection, hypothetical system application, and solar coverage. Two common design variants i.e. (a) the STF cladding system and (b) the prefabricated STF wall system were described respectively for existing and new low-rise building typologies. Interaction of inclination, orientation, and insolation were discussed for the optimum STF position on the building. Four currently available methods for installation of such STF with buildings were summarized and three typical array connection methods were identified. The decentralized connection was recommended for different types of STF hot water systems. It is customary to design for a solar coverage of 50 to 60 percent for water heating in detached houses; in apartment buildings 30 to 40 percent are more commonly assumed. The concept design in this paper hereby illustrates the precedence for the hypothetical function by the creation of new ideas and also forms up the physical structure or operating principle for the investigations in near future.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Solar; thermal façade; concept design; building integration
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham Ningbo China > Faculty of Science and Engineering > Department of Architecture and Built Environment
University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Engineering > Department of Architecture and Built Environment
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2016.09.096
Depositing User: QIU, Lulu
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2018 09:35
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2018 09:35
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/53183

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