Making technology work by Deutch J.M., Lester R.K.

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Panels (@$17/ft ) 2. Piping 3. Pump & controls 4. 4 million BTU per year) will thus cost about $2,600 in Boston and $1,900 in Tucson. How does this compare to the cost of conventional hot water heating by gas? To make this comparison, we must weigh a one-time investment in the solar heating system against the recurring expense of purchasing the gas. ) One way to make this comparison is to apportion the capital cost of the solar heating system uniformly to each year of its operating life, and then compare this “annualized” cost with the annual cost of the gas.

16. This photovoltaic tracking system follows the sun across the sky, presenting its face perpendicular to the incoming radiation to maximize the flux of photons hitting the solar cells. By adding engineered features to the simple flat plate solar cell the efficiency of the cell can be increased. For example, reflective backing can be added to capture a greater fraction of the incoming radiation. It is also possible to construct (at additional cost) layered materials in the solar cell; each layer is tailored to absorb a different part of the incoming solar spectrum.

P1: JMT/FFX CB586-03 P2: JMT/FFX CB586-Deutch-v3 QC: IML/FFX T1: IML July 31, 2003 22:0 Solar Thermal, Windpower, and Photovoltaic Technologies 47 APPENDIX TO CHAPTER 3 We seek an expression for the uniform annual loan payment, A, payable at the end of each year on a loan, P, received at time zero, for a loan term of N years, assuming an annual interest rate r (yr−1 ). The cash flow diagram is P 0 1 2 3 4 5 A A A A A A Note that this cash flow diagram has been drawn from the perspective of the borrower, who receives the loan at time zero, and makes payments on the loan at the end of each year.

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