Solar Thermal Water Heating: Overview, Space Heating, and Maintenance

May 04 2018


Solar thermal is an attractive solar technology that can offset a significant fraction of cost and carbon emissions associated with domestic hot water production and space heating in both residential and commercial buildings.  This workshop will cover aspects of solar water heating, including system design, sizing, component selection, installation, performance verification, and maintenance.  A tour of a campus system is included. Content closely aligns with the NABCEP Solar Heating objectives.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify and describe various system designs, including strategies to provide freeze protection and manage overheating.
  2. Participants will learn about common system components including collectors, mounting hardware, pumps, and controllers and how to appropriately size solar thermal systems.
  3. Participants will focus on active space heating designs that provide energy storage and thermal comfort in commercial and residential buildings.
  4. Participants will learn about the common maintenance issues associated with solar thermal installations and strategies to keep these systems at optimal performance.

Early Registration Cost: $200* (lunch included)
*Cost after April 13: $250
Students in UNC system Early Registration Cost: $175**
**Student Cost after April 13: $200

Location: Appalachian State University Campus, Reich College of Education, Room 229. Parking will be at the College Street Parking Deck (attendant will let you in).
Time: 9:00am - 4:00 pm

Continuing Education Credits Offered: 6 LU|HSW, 6 PDH, 6 NABCEP, NCBI 6 CE to maintain designation
All attendees will receive a Certificate of Completion


Jeremy Ferrell

Solar Thermal

Jeremy Ferrell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment at Appalachian.  He teaches courses in solar thermal energy and is currently involved in research to use solar thermal technologies for season extension in greenhouses.  He has designed and built many solar thermal systems including the space heating system at his home.  

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