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Solar Heating and Cooling Systems by Calin Sebarchievici, Ioan Sarbu

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Chapter 1

Introduction

Abstract

This chapter summarizes a description of renewable energy sources covering some general aspects of regional policies and presents the necessity for using solar energy in heating/cooling of buildings and domestic hot water (DHW) production.

Keywords

Energy consumption; Energy conversion systems; Heating/cooling; Renewable energy; Solar applications; Solar energy

1.1. Generalities

Energy, similar to water, food and shelter, is an essential need of all human beings in the world. The technological advancement and economic growth of every country depends on it [1], and the quantity of available energy reflects that country's quality of life. The economy, population, and per capita energy consumption have caused an increase ...

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