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Solar Energy Information Library

At Radiantec, we are not just fooling around with solar heat. We have done the homework and have a fully developed, mature technology that makes economic and environmental sense. Radiantec Company has been a part of hundreds of solar heating projects located all over the world. Our designs were developed under grants from the United States Department of Energy and the National Bureau of Standards and their performance is well proven.

The following materials are useful to the customer who wants a deeper understanding of the things that affect the use of solar hot water.

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Radiantec Solar Energy and the Environment
Fundamentals of Solar Energy

This article explains in easy to understand language answers to basic questions. What is solar energy? What is the sun? Understanding solar energy is important. It helps to understand the design and use of solar collectors and how best to capture that energy to heat our homes.

End Uses for Solar Energy
End Uses of Solar Energy

Learn about the construction of systems that will transform solar energy into something that is useful to us. Domestic hot water or radiant heating applications are some examples. This is a companion piece to read after checking out the Fundamentals of Solar above.

Radiantec Solar Energy and the Environment
Solar Energy and the Environment

A position paper by Robert Starr that illustrates our environmental challenges and the role of the direct utilization of solar energy in their remediation.

Radiantec Basic Solar Domestic Water Heater Installation Manual
Radiantec Basic Solar Domestic Water Heater Installation Manual.

The “Radiantec Basic Solar Domestic Water Heater” is a pre engineered “packaged” residential solar water heater. It will provide abundant quantities of domestic hot water for a typical family. It can also serve as a point of departure for more versatile solar energy systems that will also provide underfloor radiant heat, snow melting, pool heating and solar assisted gardening. This system is designed to meet the requirements of various tax credit authorities.

Radiantec Basic Solar Domestic Water Heater Owners Manual
Radiantec Basic Solar Domestic Water Heater Owners Manual.

The “Radiantec Basic Solar Domestic Water Heater” is a pre engineered “packaged” residential solar water heater. Read about how it can provide abundant quantities of domestic hot water for a typical residential family. It can also serve as a point of departure for more versatile solar energy systems that will also provide underfloor radiant heat, snow melting, pool heating and solar assisted gardening. This system is designed to meet the requirements of various tax credit authorities.


Evaluation Reports (technical language)

US Department of Energy Report
US Department of Energy Report

A detailed technical evaluation of the Solar Option One Heating System.  Learn how this system uses solar collectors to heat a radiant solar panel slab. The report shows a considerable improvement in terms of efficiency, performance, initial cost and architectural flexibility.

ASES Paper - Performance Evaluation Of A Hybrid Solar Heating System Having A Radiant Panel Slab

 

Performance Evaluation Of A Hybrid Solar Heating System Having A Radiant Panel Slab

This is a four page scientific paper that provides a concise summary of the US Department of Energy Report above. This paper was presented at the 1985 meeting of the International Solar Energy Society