Market Evaluation Study: Solar Domestic Water Heaters for DOD Barracks.
CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN ILL
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This study assesses the potential market for solar domestic hot water systems in DOD bachelor enlisted and bachelor officer quarters barracks. The number and locations of existing and planned bachelor enlisted and bachelor officer quarters in the United States are analyzed, and the locations where solar domestic water heating is most feasible are determined. Life-cycle costs of providing solar domestic water heating systems are analyzed and the DOD market potential for these systems determined for varying system costs. The results of more than 120 one-year solar hot water heating system simulations are presented along with a dimensionless graph and methodology which can be used to estimate solar hot water heater performance for building loads and sites other than those studied. The potential markets for solar collectors based on varying system costs are presented. Results indicate that at an anticipated future system cost of 9sq ft 97sq m of collector the probable market for solar collectors is 4.4 million sq ft 409 000 sq m. Over a 20-year life, the potential savings resulting from application of this collector area is estimated to be 4.5 million barrels of fuel and 29 million. Author
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