Solar Water Heating

ASPE Online Education


Solar Water Heating*

Earn Continuing Education Credits:
This one-hour contact program provides 0.1 CEU or 1.0 PDH.

Presented by: Josh Plaisted at the 2008 Convention.

The presentation will cover an overview of the design, specification and installation aspect of Solar Water Heating systems for both commercial and residential applications. The instructor will present a wide range of systems from simple residential water heating to commercial systems. It will cover different system types ( open-loop, closed loop) focusing on each system's particular advantages and disadvantages. The session is intended to provide contractors, architects and designers with the information necessary to estimate system costs and savings, design and specify systems and review installation issues that will guarantee proper operation of the system.

Learning Objectives

  • By understanding the benefits and drawbacks of various Solar Water Heating systems ( SWH) you will be able to select designs appropriate for the on-site loads and climate conditions.
  • You will be able to properly size a SWH system in regard to the solar array and storage capacity in response to the climate and on-site load.
  • You will be able to determine the approximate cost and performance of these systems.
  • You will understand the operations of SWH systems as well as the placement and selection of mechanical components that yield properly functioning systems.

Josh Plaisted is President of Kineo Design Group (KDG), which specializes in product development and system design in the solar thermal industry. Prior to forming KDG, Mr. Plaisted was the lead design engineer with SunEarth where he was responsible for solar collectors and mounting hardware based in Ontario, California. While at SunEarth, he was also responsible for new product development as well as the design work on intergrating products into complete packaged systems.

Mr. Plaisted received his Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Solar Energy Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The main focus of his research was to access the long-term performance of solar thermal systems that had been operating in the field for over 20 years.

*This is the actual educational presentation as it was presented at the 2008 ASPE Convention in Long Beach, CA.

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