History and Overview of Solar Heat Technologies by Donald A. Beattie

By Donald A. Beattie

This ultimate quantity in a chain that has surveyed advances in solar power examine because the oil surprise of the early Nineteen Seventies presents a large evaluation of the U.S. sun thermal application. It summarizes the conclusions of every of the 9 technical volumes within the sequence and gives classes drawn from this system for destiny governmental efforts to foster particular technologies.Reading this historical past, it turns into transparent that what used to be specified concerning the federal sunlight application used to be its try to create learn instructions that integrated commercialization as a part of the predicted end result. the 3 participants, all lively contributors within the sun venture, are rather candid approximately what labored and what didn't (and why). the result's a story of paperwork and politics worthy brooding about as we debate the correct courting among govt and technology.

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In some, the working fluid, water, contained antifreeze to avoid freezing. Some were self-draining, thus allowing a comparison of the designs for this important operational consideration. Because the four systems did not become operational until late in the 1973-74 heating season, a minimum amount of data was collected, which, however, per­ mitted the contractors to remove most of the "bugs" before the start of the 1974 fall school term. Over $1. 8 million was spent on the School Heating Augmentation Experiment.

With The Nation's Energy Future still one month from formal release but already under attack, President Nixon announced Project Independence on November 7, 1973 . The goal of this program was stated to be, ". . " The Early Years of Federal Solar Energy Programs 41 Because of uncertainty over where in the federal government responsi­ bility would be placed, the project did not get underway until the spring of 1974. This uncertainty was finally resolved with the formal establishment of the Federal Energy Administration (FEA) on May 7, 1974.

All four systems were heavily instrumented and closely monitored by the contractors. In some, the working fluid, water, contained antifreeze to avoid freezing. Some were self-draining, thus allowing a comparison of the designs for this important operational consideration. Because the four systems did not become operational until late in the 1973-74 heating season, a minimum amount of data was collected, which, however, per­ mitted the contractors to remove most of the "bugs" before the start of the 1974 fall school term.

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