M-051 An Introduction to Solar Water Heating Systems

M-051 An Introduction to Solar Water Heating Systems

An Introduction to Solar Water Heating Systems

The An Introduction to Solar Water Heating Systems online PDH course is a part of the Mechanical Engineering category of courses. This course presents the information required to design a solar energy water heating system, after planning and system selection have been completed.  The design of the principle sub-systems, such as collectors, storage and controls, are discussed.

This course is intended for mechanical engineers and other design and construction professionals interested in an introduction to the design of solar water heating systems.

 Learning Objectives

At the end of this PDH online continuing education course, you will:

  • Learn about solar absorber construction and components,
  • Learn how to design collector manifolds,
  • Learn the benefits of, and how to design, a reverse-return system,
  • Learn the benefits and drawbacks of internally and externally manifolded collector systems,
  • Learn the fundamentals of solar collector selection and specification
  • Learn about flow balancing for collector arrays,
  • Learn the importance of, and how to do, pressure drop calculations, and
  • Learn how to design and specify the collector, transport, storage and control sub-systems.

Course Content

Total learning: 1 lesson / 1 quiz



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  • Ponkamon Aumpansub

    Good solar water heating material
  • Cavy Chu

    Interesting topic
  • Michael Myer

    Course was very thorough, graphics and figures in the review material were a bit blurry though

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