1-1/2 Day Solar Thermal Water Heating Fundamentals

Jul 11 2014 - Jul 12 2014

*Note: This workshop is limited to 20 participants


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.  The workshop will cover all aspects of residential solar water heating, including system design, sizing, component selection, installation, and performance verification. Participants will learn about the typical costs, economics, and maintenance involved with a solar thermal system.

The workshop will include some hands-on components and systems on campus will be available for demonstration. Freely-available software will be shown.

Content closely aligns with the NABCEP Solar Thermal objectives.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe solar thermal system designs that are appropriate for residential applications.
  2. List pros and cons of the various systems designs.
  3. Identify storage and collector needs for domestic hot water and space heating applications.
  4. Identify the need for, and purpose of, various hydronic components.
  5. Describe the installation and commissioning process for residential solar thermal systems.
  6. Use readily available software to estimate solar thermal system performance.

Who should attend? High school** and community college teachers, architects, engineers, builders, handy homeowners, entrepreneurs, and tradesmen and women

**Note: 5 FULL scholarships  are available (Updated 7/8/14 - Due to a last minute cancellation, one scholarship is available) to the first 5 high school teachers that email millerjm1@appstate.edu**

Cost: $375*   (includes lunch on Friday)
*Early Registration Cost: $325 - Register by close of business day June 20th to receive discount
Students in UNC system cost: $300**
**Student Early Registration Cost: $275

Location: Appalachian State University Campus, *Revised Location* - Room 180 in Katherine Harper Hall/Kerr Scott Hall. Park at Rivers Street Parking Deck next to building, a parking permit that you should display in your vehicle will be issued at check-in.
Time: Friday, July 11 9:00am - 4:00 pm and Saturday, July 12 9:00am - 1:00pm

Continuing Education Credits Offered: 1.0 License renewal credit for teachers, 10 LU|HSW, 10 PDH
All attendees will receive a Certificate of Completion


Brian Raichle

Brian Raichle is an Associate Professor of Appropriate Technology in the ASU Department of Technology and Environmental Design. He is an experimental physicist by training, and has for the past 10 years applied his skills to the teaching, installing, and researching of renewable energy systems. Lately he has focused on dynamic performance testing of solar systems and landfill gas monitoring, but remains involved in a wide range of diverse projects.   asu solar thermal 




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