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Cost-Effective Energy Efficient Building Retrofitting by Jarek Kurnitski, Nicola Bianco, Giuseppe Peter Vanoli, Bjørn Peter Jelle, Claes Goeran Granqvist, Fernando Pacheco-Torgal

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Chapter 5

Solar Air Collectors for Cost-Effective Energy-Efficient Retrofitting

M.A. Paya-Marin,    Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom

Abstract

Solar air collectors (SACs) are a type of solar thermal collectors that use solar radiation to actively deliver warm air into buildings. Typically deployed onto surfaces of a building with a southerly aspect, the technology has a proven record and great potential as an available and cost-effective means of space heating. This chapter presents an economic study of both unglazed transpired solar air collector (UTSAC) and back-pass solar air collector (BPSAC) systems, taking into account the internal rate of return and installation cost, based on large-scale test setups and measured performance ...

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