Solar Thermal Energy - Low-temperature Collectors

Low-temperature Collectors

Of the 21,000,000 square feet (2,000,000 m2) of solar thermal collectors produced in the United States in 2007, 16,000,000 square feet (1,500,000 m2) were of the low-temperature variety. Low-temperature collectors are generally installed to heat swimming pools, although they can also be used for space heating. Collectors can use air or water as the medium to transfer the heat to their destination.

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