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Title: Solar skylight

Abstract

A reflective shutter rotates within a skylight housing in such a fashion as to control solar energy thereby providing a combination of heating, lighting, and ventilation. The skylight housing has three faces: a glazed southern face, a glazed northern face, and an open downwardly oriented face to the interior of the structure. Counter-weighted pivot arms support the shutter at either end causing the center of rotation to pass through the center of gravity. The shutter has three basic positions: In the first position, during the winter day, the shutter closes off the northern face, allowing solar energy to enter directly into the supporting structure providing heat gain and daylighting. In the second position, during the winter night, the shutter closes off the open face to the interior, providing insulation between the structure and the skylight housing. In the third position, during the non-heating season, the shutter closes off the southern face blocking unwanted heat gain but allowing diffuse northern light to penetrate for daylighting. In this last position, a means is provided for ventilating by natural convection. The apparatus can be operated either manually or by motor.

Inventors:
 [1]
  1. (Osprey La., Rumson, NJ 07760)
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Adamson, James C. (Osprey La., Rumson, NJ 07760)
OSTI Identifier:
864852
Patent Number(s):
4428358
Assignee:
Adamson, James C. (Osprey La., Rumson, NJ 07760) OSTI
DOE Contract Number:  
FG42-80R205133
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
solar; skylight; reflective; shutter; rotates; housing; fashion; control; energy; providing; combination; heating; lighting; ventilation; glazed; southern; northern; downwardly; oriented; interior; structure; counter-weighted; pivot; arms; support; causing; center; rotation; pass; gravity; basic; positions; position; winter; closes; allowing; enter; directly; supporting; heat; daylighting; night; insulation; third; non-heating; season; blocking; unwanted; diffuse; light; penetrate; means; provided; ventilating; natural; convection; apparatus; operated; manually; motor; natural convection; solar energy; supporting structure; skylight housing; pivot arms; structure providing; /126/52/359/

Citation Formats

Adamson, James C. Solar skylight. United States: N. p., 1984. Web.
Adamson, James C. Solar skylight. United States.
Adamson, James C. Sun . "Solar skylight". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/864852.
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abstractNote = {A reflective shutter rotates within a skylight housing in such a fashion as to control solar energy thereby providing a combination of heating, lighting, and ventilation. The skylight housing has three faces: a glazed southern face, a glazed northern face, and an open downwardly oriented face to the interior of the structure. Counter-weighted pivot arms support the shutter at either end causing the center of rotation to pass through the center of gravity. The shutter has three basic positions: In the first position, during the winter day, the shutter closes off the northern face, allowing solar energy to enter directly into the supporting structure providing heat gain and daylighting. In the second position, during the winter night, the shutter closes off the open face to the interior, providing insulation between the structure and the skylight housing. In the third position, during the non-heating season, the shutter closes off the southern face blocking unwanted heat gain but allowing diffuse northern light to penetrate for daylighting. In this last position, a means is provided for ventilating by natural convection. The apparatus can be operated either manually or by motor.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
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place = {United States},
year = {1984},
month = {1}
}

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