SolarPro 2.0

SolarPro 2.0 logo.

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.

Keywords

solar water heating, thermal processes, alternative energy, simulation

Validation/Testing

N/A

Expertise Required

General knowledge of solar thermal processes.

Users

New Software Product.

Audience

Solar design engineers, solar contractors, do-it-yourselfers.

Input

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.

Output

Solar fraction, hourly charts, hour-by-hour simulation end points in spreadsheet format, etc.

Computer Platform

Windows 95.

Programming Language

Visual Basic

Strengths

Detailed, accurate simulation.

Weaknesses

Level of user input can be cumbersome.

Contact

Company:

Address:

United States

Telephone:

(808) 875-0110

E-mail:

sandy@maui.net

Website:

http://www.maui.net/~sandy/SolarPro.html

Availability

Free fully functional demo available from website (12MB download). $99.00 for CD-ROM + $10.00 shipping and handling.