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The effect of colour on the thermal performance of building integrated solar collectors

Anderson, T. N., Duke, M. and Carson, J. K. 2010, The effect of colour on the thermal performance of building integrated solar collectors, Solar energy materials and solar cells, vol. 94, no. 2, pp. 350-354.

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Title The effect of colour on the thermal performance of building integrated solar collectors
Author(s) Anderson, T. N.
Duke, M.
Carson, J. K.
Journal name Solar energy materials and solar cells
Volume number 94
Issue number 2
Start page 350
End page 354
Publisher Elsevier BV
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2010-02
ISSN 0927-0248
Keyword(s) solar collector
colour
color
water heating
efficiency
performance
Summary The use of solar collectors with coloured absorbers for water heating is an area of particular interest when considering their integration with buildings. By matching the absorber colour with that of the roof or façade of the building, it is possible to achieve an architecturally and visually pleasing result. Despite the potential for the use of coloured absorbers, very little work has been undertaken in the field.

In this study, the thermal performance of a series of coloured (ranging from white to black), building integrated solar collectors for water heating was examined both theoretically and experimentally. Subsequently, the annual solar fraction for typical water heating systems with coloured absorbers was calculated. The results showed that coloured solar collector absorbers can make noticeable contributions to heating loads. Furthermore, although their thermal efficiency is lower than highly developed selective coating absorbers, they offer the advantage of improved aesthetic integration with buildings.
Language eng
Field of Research 091499 Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Elsevier B.V.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30021487

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