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Replacing traditional materials with polymeric materials in solar thermosiphon systems: Case study on pros and cons based on a total cost accounting approach
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science. (Miljövetenskap och Miljöteknik)
Aventa AS, Norway.
Aventa AS, Norway.
AEE-INTEC, Austria.
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2016 (English)In: Solar Energy, ISSN 0038-092X, E-ISSN 1471-1257, Vol. 125, p. 294-306Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The pros and cons of replacing traditional materials with polymeric materials in solar thermosiphon systems were analysed by adopting a total cost accounting approach.

In terms of climatic and environmental performance, polymeric materials reveal better key figures than traditional ones like metals. In terms of present value total cost of energy, taking into account functional capability, end user investment cost, O&M cost, reliability and climatic cost, the results suggest that this may also be true when comparing a polymeric based thermosiphon system with a high efficient thermosiphon system of conventional materials for DHW production in the southern Europe regions. When present values for total energy cost are assessed for the total DHW systems including both the solar heating system and the auxiliary electric heating system, the difference in energy cost between the polymeric and the traditional systems is markedly reduced.

The main reason for the difference in results can be related to the difference in thermal performance between the two systems. It can be concluded that the choice of auxiliary heating source is of utmost importance for the economical competiveness of systems and that electric heating may not be the best choice.

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2016. Vol. 125, p. 294-306
Keywords [en]
Solar thermosiphon system, Polymeric solar collectors; DHW production; Total cost accounting; Economic competiveness
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Energy Systems
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Environmental Science, Environmental technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-48681DOI: 10.1016/j.solener.2015.12.005ISI: 000370097600026Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84953307737OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-48681DiVA, id: diva2:893484
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Swedish Energy AgencyAvailable from: 2016-01-12 Created: 2016-01-12 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved

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