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Title: Immersible solar heater for fluids

An immersible solar heater 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:
 [1]
  1. (Aiken, SC)
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
869965
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States (Washington, DC) SRS
Patent Number(s):
US 5431148
Contract Number:
AC09-89SR18035
Research Org:
WESTINGHOUSE SAVANNAH RIVER CO
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
immersible; solar; heater; fluids; comprising; light-absorbing; panel; attached; frame; absorbing; heat; energy; light; transferring; absorbed; directly; fluid; immersed; swimming; pool; example; held; position; preselected; angle; floats; weights; tethers; operate; efficiently; skid; embodiment; prevent; lateral; movement; bottom; alternative; embodiments; arrangements; methods; solar heat; bed heat; operate efficiently; alternative embodiments; heat energy; alternative embodiment; lateral movement; absorbing heat; solar heater; energy directly; immersible solar; absorbed heat; /126/4/