Simulates the operation of an active solar hot water heating system, hour by hour, for one year based on Typical Meteorological Year 2 (TMY2) information available from NREL. Dozens of customizable variables are incorporated into the simulation.
solar water heating, thermal processes, alternative energy, simulation
General knowledge of solar thermal processes.
New Software Product.
Solar design engineers, solar contractors, do-it-yourselfers.
Main inputs required: TMY2 datafile 239 U.S. locations provided on the CD-ROM, solar collector OG-100 panel ratings (database included), tank size and insulation factor, customer hot water use pattern.
Solar fraction, hourly charts, hour-by-hour simulation end points in spreadsheet format, etc.
Detailed, accurate simulation.
Level of user input can be cumbersome.
Free fully functional demo available from website (12MB download). $99.00 for CD-ROM + $10.00 shipping and handling.