[BLDG-SIM] solar hot water heating

Jeff Thornton thornton at tess-inc.com
Mon Apr 17 06:59:18 PDT 2006

In my opinion, your tool of choice should depend on the level of analysis you feel is warranted for the project.  If you need a relatively simple analysis and don't want to spend a lot of money then I would steer you towards F-Chart (www.fchart.com).  If instead you with to study in detail the solar water heating system and its impact on the building then you may wish to consider TRNSYS.  TRNSYS has an extensive library of solar models (including PV, water heating, space heating etc.) and its flexibility allows you to configure almost any type of solar water system that you can imagine.  Let us know if you have any questions.


Jeff W. Thornton
President - Thermal Energy System Specialists
2916 Marketplace Drive - Suite 104
Madison WI 53719
(608) 274-2577 

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