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Title: Immersible solar heater for fluids

An immersible solar heater is described comprising a light-absorbing panel attached to a frame for absorbing heat energy from the light and transferring the absorbed heat energy directly to the fluid in which the heater is immersed. The heater can be used to heat a swimming pool, for example, and is held in position and at a preselected angle by a system of floats, weights and tethers so that the panel can operate efficiently. A skid can be used in one embodiment to prevent lateral movement of the heater along the bottom of the pool. Alternative embodiments include different arrangements of the weights, floats and tethers and methods for making the heater.
Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
555318
Assignee:
US Dept. of Energy, Washington, DC (United States) SRS; SCA: 140907; PA: EDB-98:008109; SN: 97001853493
Patent Number(s):
PATENTS-US-A8240474
Application Number:
ON: DE97009527; PAN: 8-240,474; TRN: AHC29802%%14
Contract Number:
AC09-89SR18035
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 1994
Research Org:
Westinghouse Savannah River Co., Aiken, SC (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; SOLAR WATER HEATERS; SWIMMING POOLS; DESIGN; SOLAR ABSORBERS; POSITIONING; PVC; PLASTICS; STEELS; SOLAR WATER HEATING