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SolarWall; Strategic installation equals free energy

Source: U.S. Army ( By Mr. Justin Eimers (CECOM) May 19, 2016

TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. -- Tobyhanna will soon reap the benefit of free energy after the strategic installation of solar walls on seven buildings across the installation.

The technology -- two-stage transpired solar walls -- uses ventilation fans to draw air through micro perforations in "solar cladding" into an air cavity. The air is then trapped behind a polycarbonate panel and heated a second time as it is drawn through another panel and is directed into the building. Ceiling mounted high-volume, low-speed fans then de-stratify the building air to ensure uniform heat distribution.

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ArcelorMittal and SolarWall®: A Path to Achieving Europe’s 2020 Energy Targets

Cologne, 22 March 2016 – ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steelmaker, today announces SolarWall®, a solar air heating system, for the German market. This innovative technology is a highly effective solar air heating system that displaces up to 50% of a building’s space heating expense.

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Solar AiR Marks for the Food Industry

Source: Food Quality Magazine Jan. 2016 Issue 1 (P.16)

The benefits of using solar energy in the processing of food products is gaining traction in both the agricultural community and with end-use consumers who ascribe a premium to such products.

Solar air heating systems are used in different configurations around the world to produce hot air that can be used for space heating or for process heat purposes. This specific use – solar process drying - is becoming more popular in the agricultural community as it provides a clean energy solution to producing high quality food products.

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SolarWall® Air Heating Technologies Certified by Solar KEYMARK

Dec 17, 2015 – Two solar KEYMARK certificates have been issued for the SolarWall® air heating technologies. This is a significant event in the world of renewable energy because the Solar KEYMARK certification has been instrumental in helping to drive the uptake in solar thermal technologies across the European Union. Up to now, mainly water heating systems have been certified under the EU’s Solar KEYMARK program, despite the fact that space heating and process heating can represent up to +50% of a building’s energy demand.  This means that for the European Union’s 20% Renewable Energy targets to be successful, technologies that displace space heating are an essential requirement.

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Re-cladding Your Multi-Residential Building and Keep Your Tenants Comfortable With Solar!

Source: Monster Commercial

Windsor Essex Community Housing Corporation manages 4,700 units of affordable housing in over 732 buildings throughout the City of Windsor and County of Essex. The multi-residential building located at 2455 Rivard Dr in Windsor was scheduled for a building re-cladding in 2014 as the building envelope was suffering from localized deterioration, air infiltration, and moisture damage. This is very common in brick buildings that have gone through several decades of freeze/thaw cycles.

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Night Cooling - A new invention exploits the radiant heat losses from earth during night hours to cool buildings

Source: Canadian Consulting Engineer (May 2015, Page 37)

Solar cooling a building at night? At first this idea seems an inherent contradiction of conventional science. But have you ever enjoyed an evening outdoors on a deck watching the sun set and felt the air get cooler? It is not the air temperature that changed. What you are feeling is your body radiating heat to the night sky at a rate of 75 watts/m2. This cooling effect applies to the entire surface of the earth as it loses heat to the cold sky. During the day the incoming radiation from the sun is 10 times greater, which offsets the heat loss. But from sunset to sunrise, the radiation heat loss is one way - from earth to sky.

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Metal Architecture's Readers' Choice Awards for 2015

SolarWall® Air Heating systems were ranked as #5 in the Top 20 Reader’s Choice Awards for Metal Architecture Magazine. The Reader’s Choice Awards identify top products that improve building performance and provide design flexibility to architects.

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Solar Cooling Patent Granted to SolarWall® Inventor

December 2, 2014 - The U.S. Patent Office has granted SolarWall® inventor, John Hollick, patent #8,827,779 titled "Method and Apparatus for Cooling Ventilation Air for a Building". The invention uses a transpired solar collector to take advantage of a well-known phenomenon called nocturnal radiation cooling which can cool air below ambient from sunset to sunrise.

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Technology Spotlight - Solar Air Heating

By: Victoria Hollick Source: Metal Architecture Magazine (Aug 2014)

Mention solar energy, and the first thought that comes to mind are box-like electricity generating panels attached to the roof of a building, that proclaim their existence with their modular nature and distinctive appearance.

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2014 Award-Winning Project: CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory (SolarWall Project)
Source: SABMag (Sustainable Architecture and Building Magazine Summer 2014)
"The building is charged with 100% fresh ventilation air, which is decoupled from the heating and cooling system to harness further efficiencies. Utilizing a displacement ventilation strategy, air is delivered through access floors or low-level diffusers. Ventilation pre-heat is provided by a SolarWall which is able to increase incoming air by 16°C on a typical day in January. Set at an angle of 52°C to optimize collector efficiency, the solar wall doubles as a roof for the penthouse space. Tracking of actual performance ensures the building continues to act as a “Living Lab” for the entire design and construction industry."
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