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Title: Solar heating system

An improved solar heating system in which the incident radiation of the sun is absorbed on collector panels, transferred to a storage unit and then distributed as heat for a building and the like. The improvement is obtained by utilizing a storage unit comprising separate compartments containing an array of materials having different melting points ranging from 75.degree. to 180.degree. F. The materials in the storage system are melted in accordance with the amount of heat absorbed from the sun and then transferred to the storage system. An efficient low volume storage system is provided by utilizing the latent heat of fusion of the materials as they change states in storing and releasing heat for distribution.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2]
  1. (Oak Ridge, TN)
  2. (Concord, TN)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
864119
Report Number(s):
US 4313424
DOE Contract Number:
W-7405-ENG-26
Resource Type:
Patent
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
solar; heating; improved; solar; heating; incident; radiation; sun; absorbed; collector; panels; transferred; storage; unit; distributed; heat; building; improvement; obtained; utilizing; storage; unit; comprising; separate; compartments; containing; array; materials; melting; ranging; 75; degree; 180; degree; materials; storage; melted; accordance; amount; heat; absorbed; sun; transferred; storage; efficient; volume; storage; provided; utilizing; latent; heat; fusion; materials; change; storing; releasing; heat; distribution; solar heat; solar heat; solar heating; solar heating; latent heat; incident radiation; storage unit; storage unit; separate compartments; compartments containing; collector panels; releasing heat; collector panel; unit comprising; improved solar /126/