First Day With Collector Finished

The solar collector is complete with all 30 tubes installed and producing heat energy for the first full day.
Solar SR868C8 Display Showing Collector TemperatureSolar SR868C8 Display Showing Collector TemperatureInstalling Evacuated Vacuum Tube: Robert and Ian Installing Evacuated Vacuum Tube and sanding the evacuated copper end before adding thermal/anti-seize pasteInstalling Evacuated Vacuum Tube: Robert and Ian Installing Evacuated Vacuum Tube and sanding the evacuated copper end before adding thermal/anti-seize pasteThermal Vacuum Collector: Beautiful solar day to workThermal Vacuum Collector: Beautiful solar day to work


Solar Vacuum Tube CollectorSolar Vacuum Tube CollectorInstalling the last TubeInstalling the last TubeFinished and Operational Solar CollectorFinished and Operational Solar Collector

The following charts shows the results in Fahrenheit . In the afternoon around 3 pm (15:00) all the tubes were in.

    February 12, 2011 High Ambient Temp. 50°F Mostly Sunny Latitude 35.8°

Time


T1 on Collector


T2 on Coil in Tank


T3 on Top of Tank

10:15

132

109

96

11:15

140

118

104

13:30

149

134

120

14:45

179

138

123

15:05

186

140

122

15:40

172

141

125

17:00

163

147

131

18:45

114

141

131

Still have more testing to do and a few more advances. One, install the air purge again and see if we can get it to not leak liquid and not suck in air like it did before. Second, began the office air space solar heat exchanger and see if we can wire it up to the solar controller.