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Solar Heating and Cooling Systems by Calin Sebarchievici, Ioan Sarbu

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3.2. Solar Thermal Collectors

A system for converting solar energy into thermal energy is generally provided with the following equipments (Fig. 3.2): solar collectors, heat storage devices, circulating pumps, heat transport and distribution network, automation, control and safety devices. This system can be supplied heat for a house heating system or/and a DHW system. If insufficient solar energy is available, then an auxiliary energy source is used.
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Figure 3.2 Solar energy conversion in thermal energy.
Solar thermal collector collects the solar radiation energy, transforms it into thermal energy, and transports heat toward an HTF (water, antifreeze-water ...

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