Conceptual Development of a Compact Unglazed Solar Thermal Facade (STF) for Building Integration

J. Shen, X. Zhang, T. Yang, Llewellyn Tang, Y. Wu, Ruoyu Jin, S. Pan, J. Wu, P. Xu

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Abstract

This research aims to develop an initiative modular unglazed Solar Thermal Facade (STF) concept initially for hot water generation to facilitate the integration of solar energy with buildings. The new STF concept is simple structure, low cost, and aesthetically appealing with easy installation but is expected to achieve the equivalent thermal efficiency as the conventional STFs. It delivered alternative design in terms of material, colour, texture, shape, size, architectural design, installation method, array connection, hypothetical system application, and solar coverage. Two common design variants i.e. (a) the STF cladding system and (b) the prefabricated STF wall system were described respectively for existing and new low-rise building typologies. Interaction of inclination, orientation, and insolation were discussed for the optimum STF position on the building. Four currently available methods for installation of such STF with buildings were summarized and three typical array connection methods were identified. The decentralized connection was recommended for different types of STF hot water systems. It is customary to design for a solar coverage of 50 to 60 percent for water heating in detached houses; in apartment buildings 30 to 40 percent are more commonly assumed. The concept design in this paper hereby illustrates the precedence for the hypothetical function by the creation of new ideas and also forms up the physical structure or operating principle for the investigations in near future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSBE16 Tallinn and Helsinki Conference; Build Green and Renovate Deep
Place of PublicationTallinn; Estonia
Pages42-54
Number of pages13
Volume96
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016
EventSBE16 Tallinn and Helsinki Conference; Build Green and Renovate Deep - Tallinn, Estonia, 5-7 October 2016
Duration: 1 Oct 2016 → …

Publication series

NameEnergy Procedia

Conference

ConferenceSBE16 Tallinn and Helsinki Conference; Build Green and Renovate Deep
Period1/10/16 → …

Bibliographical note

© 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).

Keywords

  • Solar
  • Thermal façade
  • Concept design
  • Building integration

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    Shen, J., Zhang, X., Yang, T., Tang, L., Wu, Y., Jin, R., Pan, S., Wu, J., & Xu, P. (2016). Conceptual Development of a Compact Unglazed Solar Thermal Facade (STF) for Building Integration. In SBE16 Tallinn and Helsinki Conference; Build Green and Renovate Deep (Vol. 96, pp. 42-54). (Energy Procedia).. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2016.09.096