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flat-plate solar collector click to hear : flat-plate solar collector

Device that collects solar radiation and heats a coolant, which in turn will be used in residential settings to heat water or the home.
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frame absorbing plate coolant inlet insulation flow tube coolant outlet glass solar radiation

frame click to hear : frame

Collector’s insulating case that is enclosed in glass.

absorbing plate click to hear : absorbing plate

Black metallic sheet that harnesses heat from solar radiation and transfers it to the coolant fluid.

coolant inlet click to hear : coolant inlet

Cold coolant flows into the circulation tubes to absorb the solar energy trapped by the collector.

insulation click to hear : insulation

Material placed on the back side of the collector to reduce heat loss.

flow tube click to hear : flow tube

Tube containing a coolant (water, air) that is used to recover and carry heat to the absorbing plate.

coolant outlet click to hear : coolant outlet

The coolant exits the collector at high temperature (up to about 80°C) and is stored or used immediately.

glass click to hear : glass

Translucent covering (glass, fiberglass, polycarbonate) that allows solar radiation to pass through; the heat produced is trapped in the collector.

solar radiation click to hear : solar radiation

All the electromagnetic waves emitted by the Sun.