Solar heating

There are many kinds of solar heating. There are also many researchers devoted to continually creating more solar heating options in the future. When solar heating first began it was, very simply, a great idea. Since then it has grown beyond that into an undeniable financial benefit for many places, homes, hospitals, institutions and so on. Now solar heat can even be used for powering backup generators.

There are two main types of solar heating. The first is active solar heating, which heats either liquid or air in its collector. Then the solar collector will move the air or water into a building, storage area or any other location. On the other side of the spectrum there is what is called passive solar heating. This method of solar heating relies on the design of the place it is going to heat. The structure of the area determines where the heat will collect and how it will be distributed.

A solar furnace is a type of solar heating device that captures the rays of sun to produce very high temperatures. It accomplishes this by providing a concentrated solar flux which then produces heat. The heating from a solar furnace can be used for a variety of purposes. These purposes include generating electricity, producing hydrogen fuel, and even melting rock or steel objects.

Because of the rise in oil prices, a rehabilitation program for the Themis solar power plant is now being accessed. The details of the project are rather complex, but overall what this would do is repair and improve heliostats and increase the power of the solar heating and other solar functions. A gas turbine will be installed at the top of the tower while mirrors, used to reflect light, would be replaced with solar cells. This type of solar heating will be much more fuel efficient as well as much better for the environment.

There are many great advantages to using solar heating today. All the many related innovations currently hitting the market are one. Saving money and helping to truly save the planet offer even greater benefits.