SIZING SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS FOR AGRICULTURAL APPLICATIONS AND PREDICTING SEASONAL ENERGY UTILIZATION.

John S. Hietala, Kevin A. Janni, Larry D. Jacobson, Verlyn J. Johnson, Kenneth A. Jordan

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Abstract

A preferred method for sizing energy systems based on economic considerations was developed in this paper. The use of rules of thumb developed for residential applications is not valid because of the underlying assumptions of the air entering the collector and the need to provide sufficient ventilation air for animal wellbeing. The problems of determining a heat balance from field measurements of solar energy available are minor; however, the determination of the amount of purchased energy which can be replaced by solar energy is complex and requires careful evaluation of system leaks, animal heat production, transient storage of heat, and ventilation rates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)705-741
Number of pages37
JournalProceedings of the Annual Meeting - American Section of the International Solar Energy Society
StatePublished - Dec 1 1984

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