solar thermal collector -Building a Water Heating Solar Panel.wmv

August 19, 2013 – 3:29 pm

IMPORTANT UPDATE ** PLEASE READ BELOW: I built a solar heating system. In this video I show you how I built the water heater solar panels. My current system …

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  1. 25 Responses to “solar thermal collector -Building a Water Heating Solar Panel.wmv”

  2. you did a great job but you sent a bunch of money just on the copper but i know how good they work. back in the 1970’s i built a few pannels and they worked good also.

    By messy moody on Aug 19, 2013

  3. Won’t warm water in winter ? Right

    By ShahSwat on Aug 19, 2013

  4. Be careful, I’ve read that this is a scam. Due diligence everyone!

    By extremechaps on Aug 19, 2013

  5. Hey There! Thanks a lot for this helpful video. By the way, I hear many people keep on talking about Xobotano Home Energy (do a search on google), but I’m not sure if it is really good. Have you tried using this alternative home energy called Xobotano Home Energy? I have heard many incredible things about it.

    By charolett hernandez on Aug 19, 2013

  6. I like it a lot. Thank you.

    By Allon Peterman on Aug 19, 2013

  7. looks good dude,,i’ll be using copper too,,cept i’ll use 95/5 lead free solder,also street 90’s will make the tubes closer,

    By Possum Pokeberry on Aug 19, 2013

  8. buying solar panels costs a fortune.. my husband and i did manage to build my own solar panels with the help of mikediysolar,com it’s good stuff

    By Karen Silverstein on Aug 19, 2013

  9. I really like your meticulous attentioin to the details and explaining it carefully, camera is steady( thank you !). The music is very distracting to your great presentation though- just a thought.
    Great project !

    By gregsbest on Aug 19, 2013

  10. i am just wondering. How do you store the hot water coming out from the panels, and how long can the hot water stay hot after the sun goes down?

    By Kevin Tan on Aug 19, 2013

  11. Hi, guy very good solution, please let me know if you can give me this project and dimension if yes, mail tank you so much!

    By Adilson Almeida on Aug 19, 2013

  12. Spooky music!

    By Ihaveausernametoo on Aug 19, 2013

  13. steel pipe would also be stronger. You’d probably have to weld it.

    By castirondude on Aug 19, 2013

  14. nice idea! Maybe it would be less work to leave the flexible copper tubing in one piece and coil from the outside in , exit in the center of the panel. Of course then you’d have to pump the water because you wouldn’t have the convection anymore.. and it would be harder to drain for the winter..

    By castirondude on Aug 19, 2013

  15. a little question here ! what about the cat?

    By mazen mohamed on Aug 19, 2013

  16. Great set up. I would think that you would get better efficiency by routing your water in to each panel at the bottom and exiting at the top, Then top of panel into bottom of next etc. . .

    By seniorchief48 on Aug 19, 2013

  17. have you tried using steel pipe instead of copper? I know it has much less thermal conductivity but still conducts heat very well and is much cheaper.

    By naflodii on Aug 19, 2013

  18. Music makes it seem sinister.

    By craggslist on Aug 20, 2013

  19. Awesome Youtube man. Thanks for showing us how to build a solar water heater system. Electricity is so expensive these days so this will help loads.

    By Web-Design-Cape-Town on Aug 20, 2013

  20. you should braze them with silver solder. Can you explain why you built it this way and not in loops?

    By Carolina Kushman on Aug 20, 2013

  21. Could you do the same using household radiators instead of building the copper frames?

    By samsung1x111111x on Aug 20, 2013

  22. Nik, all in all a very informative vid and good quality build, if it’s for domestic hot water only one of these panels would probably be fine (depending on where you live). As for the leaky panel, good idea with the wire, that way there’s more “mass” for the solder to wick to. Love how you built the jigs for correct placement, is an aluminum backing possible for the back or will the dissimilar metals tend to corrode??..

    By butchtropic on Aug 20, 2013

  23. just links to “Earth4energy”, a $49 CD you buy to show how to make your own electric panels, SQUAT about building a hot water system.

    By butchtropic on Aug 20, 2013

  24. Air conditioning with this set-up is no problem.
    Simply run a seperate circuit of fluid thru the same piping at night.
    Outside temp may be 60-70 deg F but using this same arrangement makes a damn good black body radiator and will wick the heat out of 60 deg water and get it down to 40-50 deg F.
    So, a couple hundred gallons of super hot fluid and a seperate couple hundred gallon tank for cold.
    Next is exploiting the Seabourg effect…

    By doc bang on Aug 20, 2013

  25. Hot water when it´s hot — Hmm…
    Whouldn´t the next step be, to use the konvektions, to produce cool clima?
    Like an air conditioner without electricity, maybe with a less temperature range?

    By Groby Grünspan on Aug 20, 2013

  26. SmartPool 4ft x 20ft SunHeater Aboveground Solar Heating System

    $200 online

    By laman491 on Aug 20, 2013

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