Development of an Acceptance Test for Solar Energy Systems.
CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN IL
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This report describes the development and field evaluation of a short-duration procedure and an instrumentation package for testing whether a newly installed solar energy system is performing to design specifications. The U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory 1 defined a general solar system schematic and identified its major components 2 developed test procedures for determining the thermal performance of these components 3 bought and programmed equipment to perform the prescribed component test and to produce the test data 4 subjected the acceptance test concept and instrumentation package to a field evaluation at a newly installed Army solar energy system and 5 incorporated the results of the field evaluation as modifications to the solar acceptance test. This report concludes that a simple, quantitative test of short duration can determine whether a newly installed solar system is operating as specified. The results of the research have revealed the potential for performing such a test with low-cost metering installed at the time of building construction. Author
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