Solar Heating With Cooling (Senior Capstone Project)

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Presentation on the results of our built solar heating and cooling system for our house. Presentation highlight testing methods and results.

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  • 1. Solar Heating with Cooling
    Elliott Layus
    Ben Ly
    Lily Duncan

2. Problem: Testing the residential heating and cooling system our team designed.
3. Testing: Setup and Procedure
4.Solar Panel Test Setup
Test Performed using the primary tank storage (50 gallon tank)
5. Heat Exchanger Test

  • Test Performed using the Storage Tank

Cooling Test Setup

  • Test Performed using the Secondary storage tank (250 gallon tank)

Testing Equipment
Data Logger
6. Piping
Thermal Wells
7. Other Testing
Domestic Hot Water Hose
Solar Panels
Cooling Tower
8. Test Results
9. Results: Solar Response
10. Domestic Hot Water
Heat Rate:
Cost of Natural Gas: $.995/Therm
Cost Savings of Test: .04869
Gallons Used in Test: 22.5
11. Domestic Hot Water
Savings per gallon .00322
Weekly Estimated Usage
Showers =472.5
Laundry =160
Weekly Savings $2.34/Week$121.70/yr
12. Solar Space Heating
Delivers: 100 MJ/dayCosts: 14.08 MJ/dayCOP: 7.10
13. Total Gains from Useful Heat
14. Cooling Tower
A tank response test was performed for 1 hour
The tank was cooled by 2.5 K (275 gal.)
11.12 Mj of energy was rejected
A standard efficiency A/C unit would provide 2.85 MJ
Actual savings depends on conditions of surrounding and usage pattern
15. Cooling cycle: Storage Tank Response
16. Cost Breakdown
Savings per Year: $428
7 year payback