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Designs 2018, 2(4), 44; https://doi.org/10.3390/designs2040044

Design of a New Solar Thermal Collector with Ceramic Materials Integrated into the Building Facades

School of Architecture, member of the LITEIS research group (Laboratory of Technological Innovation in Industrialized and Sustainable Edification), Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC), Barcelona 08017, Spain
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This article is based on the research project: “Colectores solares térmicos cerámicos. Integración arquitectónica”, presented by the company Uralita Iberia at the Instituto de Tecnología Cerámica (ITC) and the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC Barcelona).
Received: 21 June 2018 / Revised: 17 October 2018 / Accepted: 23 October 2018 / Published: 1 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Integrated Sustainable Building Design, Construction and Operation)
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The work presented here aims to demonstrate the technical, architectural, and energy viability of solar thermal collectors made with ceramic materials and their suitability for domestic hot water (DHW) and building heating systems in the Mediterranean climate. The proposal is for the design of a ceramic shell, formed by collector and non-collecting panels, which forms part of the building system itself, and is capable of responding to the basic requirements of a building envelope and harnessing solar energy. Ceramics considerably reduce the final cost of the collector system and offer the new system a variety of compositional and chromatic finishes, occupying the entire building surface and achieving a high degree of architectural integration, although less energy-efficient compared to a conventional metallic collector. View Full-Text
Keywords: building integrated solar collector; ceramic solar collectors; architectural integration; sustainable ceramic materials building integrated solar collector; ceramic solar collectors; architectural integration; sustainable ceramic materials
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Roviras Miñana, J.; Sarrablo Moreno, V. Design of a New Solar Thermal Collector with Ceramic Materials Integrated into the Building Facades. Designs 2018, 2, 44.

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