solar thermal collector -DIY Solar Thermal Project for under $100

September 1, 2014 – 3:24 pm

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  1. 25 Responses to “solar thermal collector -DIY Solar Thermal Project for under $100”

  2. you can bend copper you you know?

    By Per Erik Grønvik on Sep 1, 2014

  3. What are your BTUH per sq. ft. output? Do they compare to ~ 290 to 300
    BTU hrs. ? Like your approach… Thanks

    By carlo sgroi on Sep 1, 2014

  4. good idea

    By Nick Yu on Sep 1, 2014

  5. what kind of glass is that.. and the pipes – can you tell me dimensions?
    15mm or ? tnx :) 

    By Armakedon ArMAKedon on Sep 1, 2014

  6. Does the tubing under the panel need to be copper? It looks like any type
    of metal grid can be used. I figure I can use an old toaster for parts.

    By Janxel Or Jax on Sep 1, 2014

  7. thank you for sharing this, awesome solar heater!

    ..electricsaver1200..

    By Glenn Hough on Sep 1, 2014

  8. hot water system solar sunlight

    By Juan Roberto Kobyłecki on Sep 1, 2014

  9. Fantastic video!

    By DIY Solar on Sep 1, 2014

  10. lol it was under $100

    By Eric Layton on Sep 1, 2014

  11. actually it was under $100. No one believes us but this was my final senior
    project at University of Florida. I had to show all of the receipts in my
    presentation. If you don’t count labor (none of us was paid) the materials
    were all less than $100.

    By Eric Layton on Sep 1, 2014

  12. excellent video

    By SpaceBobDerby on Sep 1, 2014

  13. $100 =- no! More like $200

    By Ja Johansson on Sep 1, 2014

  14. Looks great. We want to see a non glazed version of this done on the entire
    are of a south facing dark colored metal roof and incorporated into a
    Thermal Battery System. The low temp but high volume of BTU’s would be a
    perfectly applied to a system that includes a very large thermal storage
    “battery” and heat pumps. Thanks for sharing.

    By James Schenck on Sep 1, 2014

  15. Where are you buying your copper??? $100 lol…

    By Gyva02 on Sep 1, 2014

  16. No way you did that for $100!!! But a nice job…..

    By david fuller on Sep 1, 2014

  17. that’s about $300 to $400 in stuff now

    By MrCinimod93 . on Sep 1, 2014

  18. nope. under $100

    By Eric Layton on Sep 1, 2014

  19. No way did you do that for under 100 unless you stole everything from a job
    you were on

    By kajjohnson on Sep 2, 2014

  20. good job thank u

    By ibraheeem1187 on Sep 2, 2014

  21. PVC will actually melt around 120 degrees F to 150 degrees F. So PVC is NOT
    a good substitute for copper. NEVER use PVC for solar thermal applications
    as temperatures will reach 200 degrees F and melt any PVC out there.

    By Eric Layton on Sep 2, 2014

  22. Can you just use black PVC pipes instead? /

    By Jed118 on Sep 2, 2014

  23. Great job! How did you make the thermosiphon?

    By ccampana73 on Sep 2, 2014

  24. good

    By 32700609 on Sep 2, 2014

  25. Thanks!

    By Eric Layton on Sep 2, 2014

  26. Lowes, and this was over 2 years ago.

    By Eric Layton on Sep 2, 2014

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