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Title: Heat collector

Abstract

A heat collector and method suitable for efficiently and cheaply collecting solar and other thermal energy are provided. The collector employs a heat pipe in a gravity-assist mode and is not evacuated. The collector has many advantages, some of which include ease of assembly, reduced structural stresses on the heat pipe enclosure, and a low total materials cost requirement. Natural convective forces drive the collector, which after startup operates entirely passively due in part to differences in molecular weights of gaseous components within the collector.

Inventors:
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5351250
Application Number:
ON: DE82011772
Assignee:
Dept. of Energy ERA-07-046421; EDB-82-123269
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-36
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; SOLAR COLLECTORS; DESIGN; DIAGRAMS; GAS FLOW; HEAT PIPES; NATURAL CONVECTION; CONVECTION; EQUIPMENT; FLUID FLOW; SOLAR EQUIPMENT; 141000* - Solar Collectors & Concentrators

Citation Formats

Merrigan, M.A. Heat collector. United States: N. p., 1981. Web.
Merrigan, M.A. Heat collector. United States.
Merrigan, M.A. Mon . "Heat collector". United States.
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title = {Heat collector},
author = {Merrigan, M.A.},
abstractNote = {A heat collector and method suitable for efficiently and cheaply collecting solar and other thermal energy are provided. The collector employs a heat pipe in a gravity-assist mode and is not evacuated. The collector has many advantages, some of which include ease of assembly, reduced structural stresses on the heat pipe enclosure, and a low total materials cost requirement. Natural convective forces drive the collector, which after startup operates entirely passively due in part to differences in molecular weights of gaseous components within the collector.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1981},
month = {6}
}