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Potential for solar space heating in Scotland

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Abstract

This paper investigates the relative effectiveness of passive-type solar-assisted space heating systems at various latitudes within the British Isles. A comparison is made of the useful solar gain of the same system linked to the same house at four different locations. Month-by-month energy balances indicate that the annual useful solar contribution at the highest latitude (Lerwick, 60 deg N) is about 35% higher than at the lowest latitude (Kew, 53 deg N). The main reason for this difference is the higher heating loads in the north, particularly outside the winter months. The estimated available irradiation on south-facing vertical surfaces was almost the same at all four locations. Previous work in the UK indicates that, contrary to the conclusions in this paper, more southerly latitudes were the most favorable for solar space heating. The reasons for the disparity are discussed. It is recommended that research and development of passive solar-assisted space heating systems should be most vigorously pursued in the more northerly latitudes of the British Isles, where both the potential benefit and the need are greatest.
Publication Date:
Jul 01, 1980
Product Type:
Journal Article
Reference Number:
EDB-82-046667
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Int. J. Ambient Energy; (United Kingdom); Journal Volume: 1
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; INSOLATION; LATITUDE EFFECT; PASSIVE SOLAR HEATING SYSTEMS; PERFORMANCE; SOLAR SPACE HEATING; ANNUAL VARIATIONS; HEAT GAIN; HEATING LOAD; TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT; ENERGY SYSTEMS; EQUIPMENT; GEOGRAPHICAL VARIATIONS; HEATING; HEATING SYSTEMS; SOLAR EQUIPMENT; SOLAR HEATING; SOLAR HEATING SYSTEMS; SPACE HEATING; VARIATIONS; 140901* - Solar Thermal Utilization- Space Heating & Cooling; 140100 - Solar Energy- Resources & Availability
OSTI ID:
5900431
Research Organizations:
Napier College of Commerce and Technology, Edinburgh, Scotland
Country of Origin:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Journal ID: CODEN: IJAED
Submitting Site:
IAA
Size:
Pages: 149-153
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Macgregor, A W.K. Potential for solar space heating in Scotland. United Kingdom: N. p., 1980. Web.
Macgregor, A W.K. Potential for solar space heating in Scotland. United Kingdom.
Macgregor, A W.K. 1980. "Potential for solar space heating in Scotland." United Kingdom.
@misc{etde_5900431,
title = {Potential for solar space heating in Scotland}
author = {Macgregor, A W.K.}
abstractNote = {This paper investigates the relative effectiveness of passive-type solar-assisted space heating systems at various latitudes within the British Isles. A comparison is made of the useful solar gain of the same system linked to the same house at four different locations. Month-by-month energy balances indicate that the annual useful solar contribution at the highest latitude (Lerwick, 60 deg N) is about 35% higher than at the lowest latitude (Kew, 53 deg N). The main reason for this difference is the higher heating loads in the north, particularly outside the winter months. The estimated available irradiation on south-facing vertical surfaces was almost the same at all four locations. Previous work in the UK indicates that, contrary to the conclusions in this paper, more southerly latitudes were the most favorable for solar space heating. The reasons for the disparity are discussed. It is recommended that research and development of passive solar-assisted space heating systems should be most vigorously pursued in the more northerly latitudes of the British Isles, where both the potential benefit and the need are greatest.}
journal = {Int. J. Ambient Energy; (United Kingdom)}
volume = {1}
journal type = {AC}
place = {United Kingdom}
year = {1980}
month = {Jul}
}