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Energies 2013, 6(10), 5101-5113; doi:10.3390/en6105101

Dissemination of Solar Water Heaters in Taiwan: The Case of Remote Islands

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Department of Accounting Information, Tainan University of Technology, 529 Jhongjheng Rd., Yongkang, Tainan 710, Taiwan
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Energy Research Center, National Cheng Kung University, 2500 Sec. 1, Chung-Cheng S. Rd, Guiren, Tainan 711, Taiwan
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Received: 13 September 2013 / Revised: 24 September 2013 / Accepted: 25 September 2013 / Published: 9 October 2013
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Abstract

Solar water heaters represent the success story in the development of renewable energy in Taiwan. With increasing public awareness, there are over 0.3 million residential systems in operation. To disseminate solar water heaters in remote islands, economic feasibility and water quality are taken into account in this study. The payback period in Kinmen and Penghu Counties are evaluated, according to effective annual solar energy gain, hot water consumption pattern and cost. Assessment of the scaling and corrosion tendencies for solar water heaters using tap and underground water are also presented. For flat-plate solar collectors with metal components, favorable corrosion resistance and protective anti-corrosion coatings are required.
Keywords: solar water heater; remote island; subsidy; payback period; water quality solar water heater; remote island; subsidy; payback period; water quality
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Lin, W.-M.; Fan, K.-C.; Chang, K.-C.; Chung, K.-M. Dissemination of Solar Water Heaters in Taiwan: The Case of Remote Islands. Energies 2013, 6, 5101-5113.

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