ERIC Number: ED100003
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Solar Heating Proof-of-Concept Experiment for a Public School Building. Report for the Period 15 Jan. 1974 to 15 May 1974. No. ER-7934.
AAI Corp., Baltimore, MD.
In the middle of January 1974, AAI Corporation received a contract to conduct a solar heating proof-of-concept experiment (POCE) for a public school building. On March 1, 1974, the experiment began as Timonium Elementary School, in Maryland, became the first school in the United States to be heated by solar energy. In this brief period, the corporation designed, manufactured, and installed a solar energy collector array complete with mounting trusses, a 15,000 gallon water storage tank, a hot water heating system, and instrumentation. From March 1 to May 15 the wing of the school chosen for the solar experiment received 90 percent of its heat from the solar heating system. Experimental data collected during this period is presented in this report. The report describes the system in detail, presents the analysis of operation, and discusses recommendations and conclusions based on the results of the experiment. The experiment is considered successful since it has proven that the solar heating of schools is possible, practical, and socially acceptable. In addition, over 1,200 gallons of fuel oil were saved in the brief period the system has been in operation. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Blueprints, Capital Outlay (for Fixed Assets), Construction Materials, Cost Effectiveness, Electrical Systems, Elementary Education, Energy Conservation, Equipment Maintenance, Experiments, Fuel Consumption, Heating, Operating Expenses, Performance Criteria, Solar Radiation, Technological Advancement, Thermal Environment
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 (Stock No. 3800-00191, $3.05)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. RANN Program.
Authoring Institution: AAI Corp., Baltimore, MD.
Note: Related documents are EA 006 623-626; Photopgraphs will reproduce poorly