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Title: Building-integrated fluorescent solar collector

Abstract

This patent describes a building wall wherein the building wall includes windows, window parapets and areas below the window parapets. The window parapets include overhanging lips defining slots with the areas beneath the parapets. Fluorescent solar collectors are received in the slots to form an exterior facing over the area beneath the parapets. A photoelectric cell means is arranged with the fluorescent panels and has leads thereon for conducting electric current therefrom, the photoelectric cell means being positioned within the slots so as to be protected thereby.

Inventors:
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6745088
Patent Number(s):
US 4644716
Assignee:
Schott Glaswerke, Mainz NOV; NOV-87-050051; EDB-87-063163
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: Filed date 11 Jun 1985
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; BUILDINGS; LUMINESCENT CONCENTRATORS; SOLAR COLLECTORS; DESIGN; OPERATION; ELECTRIC CURRENTS; PANELS; PHOTOELECTRIC CELLS; POSITIONING; WALLS; WINDOWS; CURRENTS; DIRECT ENERGY CONVERTERS; EQUIPMENT; OPENINGS; SOLAR CONCENTRATORS; SOLAR EQUIPMENT 141000* -- Solar Collectors & Concentrators; 320107 -- Energy Conservation, Consumption, & Utilization-- Building Systems-- (1987-)

Citation Formats

Neuroth, N. Building-integrated fluorescent solar collector. United States: N. p., 1987. Web.
Neuroth, N. Building-integrated fluorescent solar collector. United States.
Neuroth, N. 1987. "Building-integrated fluorescent solar collector". United States. doi:.
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  • The present invention provides a system for the collection of electromagnetic radiation and the transmission of that radiation to a point of use. In its simplest sense, an apparatus for the collection and transmission of electromagnetic radiation comprises a cylindrical fluorescent fiber, at least one end of which is optically coupled to an optical wave guide, and means for reflecting solar radiation impinging over a relatively wide area onto said cylindrical fluorescent fiber. Preferably, a compound parabolic mirror is employed for reflecting incident solar radiation onto the optical fluorescent fiber.
  • A building having rooms to be heated is supported at least in part on a cylindrical double wall concrete tank, the inner wall of which receives a heating fluid preferably heated by a solar collector while the outer wall includes a coil through which the heated fluid can be circulated to radiate heat into the rooms of the building.
  • A parapet-like component for a building is disclosed which includes an air plenum. The plenum is a multipurpose structure which allows for transfer of a predetermined amount of heat from the outside into the building. The plenum includes translucent surfaces which allow light to enter the building and concurrently provide insulation against loss of heat from within the building towards the outside. The parapet-like component can be operated reversibly in allowing for cooling of the interior of the building when its temperature exceeds that of the outside. The structure is highly functional and also is aesthetically pleasing, having the generalmore » appearance of a mansard. The novel design of the invention allows for and incorporates the use of traditional and widely accepted building and architectural practices and esthetics. In a preferred embodiment, the plenum has an exterior wall of a tinted plastic or glass and a clear inside wall of plastic or glass. The structure is relatively easy to conform to conventional architectural plans. Considerable savings in both heating and lighting costs are achievable by the system without increase in building construction costs.« less
  • A roof or wall structure comprises a support framework including battens or the like and a plurality of tile-like solar heat collectors mounted thereon. The solar heat collectors have respective cavities therein within which respective heater coils or the like are disposed. The heater coils have inlets and outlets which are in fluid-flow connection with channels in the battens.
  • A method and apparatus are disclosed for collecting solar energy adapted for use with overlapped roof shingles on the roof or side of a building comprising thin flexible metal plates interposed between the overlapped shingles in heat transfer relation therewith such that heat absorbed by the shingles is transferred to the metal plates. The plates extend through the roof via slots provided therein and are affixed in heat transfer relation with pipes containing a fluid.