Green Building Pre-Apprenticeship Program/Solar Hot Water Installation and Design Principles

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Modules: Introduction - Green Building - Energy - Retrofits and Energy Efficiency - Water Efficiency - Solar Hot Water - Photovoltaic


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[edit] Objectives

By the end of the Solar Hot Water Installation and Design Principles module, students will understand:

  1. How to do a solar site assessment
  2. How a solar hot water system operates
  3. How to describe and use some of the tools of the trade
  4. How to solder copper fitting and plumbing components

[edit] Goals

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The following are some of the main goals for the Solar Hot Water Installation and Design Principles module.

[edit] Concepts

By the end of the Solar Hot Water Installation and Design Principles module, students will understand the following concepts (among others):

  • Drain back
  • Heat transfer in solar thermal systems
  • Closed versus open loops

[edit] Vocabulary and units

By the end of the Solar Hot Water Installation and Design Principles module, students will be able to confidently use the following vocabulary and/or units (among others):

  • Closed loop, Closed loop glycol, Open loop, Thermosiphon, passive, active, direct, indirect
  • BTU/(panel*day), Therms consumed, feet of head

[edit] Calculations

By the end of the Solar Hot Water Installation and Design Principles module, students will be able to do the following calculations (among others):

  • BTU (needed)

[edit] How to

By the end of the Solar Hot Water Installation and Design Principles module, students will be comfortable doing the following (among others):

  • Size a system
  • Solder
  • Wire pump and control
  • Mount and check sensors
  • Mount collectors on roof
  • Use a solar path finder and do solar site assessment

[edit] Field trips

By the end of the Solar Hot Water Installation and Design Principles module, students will be have gone on the following field trips (possibly among others):

  • BCAT
  • Residential Solar hot water
  • Solar Trainer – CR Main Campus