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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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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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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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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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Building-Integrated Solar Air Heating Systems Proving Popular

Source: Author: Rhone Resch

For some parts of the United States, such as Upper Michigan, the winter of 2013-14 was the coldest in recorded history. In Marquette, for example, the average temperature was a tundra-like 7.5 degrees. Well, what if I told you that it’s possible to cut your building’s energy use (in some cases by up to half), while protecting the environment, too? Sign me up, right? Simply put, innovative solar heating and cooling systems (SHC), which are growing in popularity nationwide, could be the winning ticket for you.

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SABMag: New building lowers operating costs, promotes environmental stewardship

Source: SABMag (Sustainable Architecture and Building Magazine Dec 24 2013)
By: Mackenzie Howson, Anna Wex And Randy Wilson, Principal , Randy Wilson Architect Inc.

Nestled within an 1,100 hectare regional conservation area, this 3,800m2 administrative building responds to the existing environment and respects regulated requirements of flood plains, heritage zones and environmentally-sensitive areas. Located in this idyllic setting, the building is within the north-eastern boundary of the City of London. Strong first principles-based design provided the foundation for all decision making regarding the new building...

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Huge SolarWall For Mega-Building

Source: ASHRAE Journal June 2013

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NEW CUMBERLAND, Pa.- One of the largest buildings in the U.S. is now heated by the largest induction solar wall in the country. The 1.7 million ft2 (158 000 m2) warehouse is owned by the U.S. Department of Defense and provides supplies for troops stationed overseas. The project, which started in summer 2011, involved installing 55,263 ft2 (5134 USACE fle photom2) of solar thermal collectors on the east and south walls of the building that covers 39 acres (16 ha). 

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