Solar Space Heater
Many innovations are being developed to make use of the energy from the sun. A solar space heater has been developed by Cansolair, the Solar Max RA 240 solar heat collector. It draws the cool air from a living space and heats it by solar rays, then returns the warmed air to the living space again. During a sunny winter's day it can generate the equivalent of two one-kilowatt electric heaters. The fan used to produce the air flow only uses 20 watts of electric energy.
The solar space heater, Solar Max RA 240 solar heat collector, is meant to be a supplement to your existing heating system. Of course a solar heat collector is dependant on at least partial sun. Once the unit is installed, the operating costs are extremely minimal. Energy costs are continuing to rise as well, which will dramatically reduce the pay-back period.
- Unbreakable Lexan Lens
- Washable air filter
- Powder coated
- Galvalume frame (insulated)
- Aluminum headers
- Double check valves
- Low voltage snap disk controller
- Thermostatically controlled
- Capacitor start direct drive
- Backward curved impeller fan
This solar space heater, made by Cansolair, Solar Max 240 consists of a four-by-seven solar collector (28 Square feet, or 2.6 square metres). Solar Max 240 has 15 vertical columns of cylindrical shape, making the actual surface exposed to the sun greater than 2.6 square meters. The same cylindrical shape allows the Solar Max to receive solar radiation for a longer period due to the angle of incidence of the sun hitting the solar panel.
Peak British Thermal Unit (BTU) performance was observed during the noon hour period in October 2001 wherein the temp rise was 50F to 54F degrees resulting in a 9000 to 9720 BTU or 2636 to 2847 Watts. Peak BTU performance will actually increase in colder weather due to the rise in temperature between input and output temperature and a lower angle of incidence.
The Solar Max 240 has a quick response rate of 8 minutes from the appearance of sun to "cut-in" based on 100 degree F output temperature. Solar Max 240 uses the most conductive black paint available for solar collectors. Solar Max uses a lexan outer cover which allows sunlight in and is resistant to the elements.
Features and Benefits of this solar space heater, SOLAR MAX RA 240 SOLAR PANEL as tested by O'Keefe Technology INC. Kelligrews, Newfoundland:
Heat up to 10,000 BTU (or more). When the sun is out it provides a warm flow of air to heat your house. This is like having 2KW of heat circulating in your home which will feel warmer than a typical 2KW electric heater. An electric heater does not cause the air to flow.
Solar Heat is environmentally friendly and does not produce any emissions into the atmosphere. Solar Heat is available when the sun is out and there is no cost of consumption. Solar Heat will not increase in cost resulting in no unknown negative impacts on your budget.
The cost of the Solar Max 240 is the only cost you will incur to generate supplementary heat for your home. You will not have to do any further work, such as cutting wood, in order to realize savings on your heating bill. Install the Solar Max 240 and sit back and enjoy the heat and the savings. Economic payback is estimated to be eight years or less.
Please use the following diagram to determine which house best represents your home's orientation to the sun. If you have a wall with a southerly exposure like house A then you would find one panel adequate during the fall, winter and spring. If house B more closely resembles your home's orientation then two panels are recommended. You would have an advantage over the single panel installation in that your total solar gain would be greater and you would get heat from sun up until sun down all year round which helps balance payback.
If you have any tall structures that may block the sun from your panels during the winter months it may be necessary to have a roof mounted installation which works in a very similar way but is slightly more complicated to install and thus has a slightly higher cost.
The unit cost is $2,695.00 plus installation and will qualify for the Canadian Renovation Tax Credit.
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