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Title: Solar collector

Abstract

The invention pertains to a flat plate collector that employs high performance thin films. The solar collector of this invention overcomes several problems in this field, such as excessive hardware, cost and reliability, and other prior art drawbacks outlined in the specification. In the preferred form, the apparatus features a substantially rigid planar frame. A thin film window is bonded to one planar side of the frame. An absorber of laminate construction is comprised of two thin film layers that are sealed perimetrically. The layers define a fluid-tight planar envelope of large surface area to volume through which a heat transfer fluid flows. Absorber is bonded to the other planar side of the frame. The thin film construction of the absorber assures substantially full envelope wetting and thus good efficiency. The window and absorber films stress the frame adding to the overall strength of the collector.

Inventors:
OSTI Identifier:
5249733
Assignee:
TIC; ERA-05-030527; EDB-80-088725
DOE Contract Number:  
EY-76-C-02-0016
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; FLAT PLATE COLLECTORS; DESIGN; BONDING; FILMS; GLAZING MATERIALS; SOLAR ABSORBERS; EQUIPMENT; FABRICATION; JOINING; MATERIALS; SOLAR COLLECTORS; SOLAR EQUIPMENT; 141000* - Solar Collectors & Concentrators

Citation Formats

Wilhelm, W.G. Solar collector. United States: N. p., Web.
Wilhelm, W.G. Solar collector. United States.
Wilhelm, W.G. . "Solar collector". United States.
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