skip to main content
OSTI.GOV title logo U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Scientific and Technical Information

Title: Comparison of conventional and solar-water-heating products and industries report

Abstract

President Carter established a goal that would require installation of at least one million solar water heaters by 1985 and 20 million water-heating systems by the year 2000. The goals established require that the solar industry be sufficiently mature to provide cost-effective, reliable designs in the immediate future. The objective of this study was to provide the Department of Energy with quantified data that can be used to assess and redirect, if necessary, the program plans to assure compliance with the President's goals. Results deal with the product, the industry, the market, and the consumer. All issues are examined in the framework of the conventional-hot-water industry. Based on the results of this solar hot water assessment study, there is documented proof that the solar industry is blessed with over 20 good solar hot water systems. A total of eight generic types are currently being produced, but a majority of the systems being sold are included in only five generic types. The good systems are well-packaged for quality, performance and installation ease. These leading systems are sized and designed to fit the requirements of the consumer in every respect. This delivery end also suffers from a lack of understanding of themore » best methods for selling the product. At the supplier end, there are problems also, including: some design deficiencies, improper materials selection and, occasionally, the improper selection of components and subsystems. These, in total, are not serious problems in the better systems and will be resolved as this industry matures.« less

Authors:
; ; ;
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Science Applications, Inc., Golden, CO (USA)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
6334779
Report Number(s):
DOE/CS/30217-T1
DOE Contract Number:  
AC03-80CS30217
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; SOLAR INDUSTRY; SOLAR WATER HEATERS; ECONOMICS; ENERGY EFFICIENCY; THERMAL EFFICIENCY; WATER HEATERS; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; DATA COMPILATION; DEMAND FACTORS; ECONOMIC ANALYSIS; HEAT PUMPS; HEAT RECOVERY; INFORMATION; LIFE-CYCLE COST; MARKET; PERFORMANCE; SOLAR COLLECTORS; SOLAR FRACTION; STANDARDS; TAX CREDITS; APPLIANCES; COST; DATA; EFFICIENCY; ENERGY RECOVERY; EQUIPMENT; HEATERS; INDUSTRY; NUMERICAL DATA; RECOVERY; SOLAR EQUIPMENT; 140907* - Solar Thermal Utilization- Water Heating; 299001 - Energy Planning & Policy- Solar- (1989-)

Citation Formats

Noreen, D, LeChevalier, R, Choi, M, and Morehouse, J. Comparison of conventional and solar-water-heating products and industries report. United States: N. p., 1980. Web. doi:10.2172/6334779.
Noreen, D, LeChevalier, R, Choi, M, & Morehouse, J. Comparison of conventional and solar-water-heating products and industries report. United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/6334779
Noreen, D, LeChevalier, R, Choi, M, and Morehouse, J. Fri . "Comparison of conventional and solar-water-heating products and industries report". United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/6334779. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/6334779.
@article{osti_6334779,
title = {Comparison of conventional and solar-water-heating products and industries report},
author = {Noreen, D and LeChevalier, R and Choi, M and Morehouse, J},
abstractNote = {President Carter established a goal that would require installation of at least one million solar water heaters by 1985 and 20 million water-heating systems by the year 2000. The goals established require that the solar industry be sufficiently mature to provide cost-effective, reliable designs in the immediate future. The objective of this study was to provide the Department of Energy with quantified data that can be used to assess and redirect, if necessary, the program plans to assure compliance with the President's goals. Results deal with the product, the industry, the market, and the consumer. All issues are examined in the framework of the conventional-hot-water industry. Based on the results of this solar hot water assessment study, there is documented proof that the solar industry is blessed with over 20 good solar hot water systems. A total of eight generic types are currently being produced, but a majority of the systems being sold are included in only five generic types. The good systems are well-packaged for quality, performance and installation ease. These leading systems are sized and designed to fit the requirements of the consumer in every respect. This delivery end also suffers from a lack of understanding of the best methods for selling the product. At the supplier end, there are problems also, including: some design deficiencies, improper materials selection and, occasionally, the improper selection of components and subsystems. These, in total, are not serious problems in the better systems and will be resolved as this industry matures.},
doi = {10.2172/6334779},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/6334779}, journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1980},
month = {7}
}