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Recycled Concentrated Solar Heater

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An old water heater was donated to my high school's pre-engineering class. After watching an episode of "The Cosmos," in which a farm of parabolic solar concentrators were used to heat water in order to power a steam engine that irrigated water, I was inspired to recycle the old water heater and turn it into a concentrated solar water heater.

Project goal

Recycle an old household water heater and an old school chair and turn it into a solar water heater

Project steps:

  1. Research solar heater designs
  2. Model full scale design
  3. Model and build a 3-D printed small scale prototype
  4. Test effectiveness of design based on prototype
  5. Build full scale solar concentrator

Research

Before starting to design my concentrated solar water heater I researched what some other people hade made.

There were two main designs I found:

  • Parabolic concentrator
    • Commercially available parabolic concentrated solar food cooker for camping
    • DIY parabolic concentrated solar water heater[1]
    • Industrial parabolic concentrator farms to power steam engines (like the one I saw on "the Cosmos")
  • Flat plate collector
    • DIY flat plate solar collector
    • Commercially available flat plate solar collector for home use


George's Workshop solar thermal page

Design

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Costs

Item Cost
plastic filament free
3" pvc pipe free
water heater free
chair legs free
smaller glass tube $7.20
larger glass tube $8.30
reflective mylar film $11.00


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Contact details

pjmayvil@mtu.edu