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Prediction of hot water usage in a solar heated community bathing centre in Nepal

Fuller, R.J., Schwede, D., Malla, A. and Zahnd, A. (2007) Prediction of hot water usage in a solar heated community bathing centre in Nepal. In: ISES Solar World Congress 2007, 18 - 21 September, Beijing, China

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A natural thermosyphon solar water heating system (SWHS) has been constructed at a high altitude research station in a remote northwestern region of Nepal. This SWHS is the prototype for a larger community bathing system proposed for a nearby village. This paper describes the community bathing centre and presents the results of a validated TRNSYS model that has been used to predict its performance and to test various operational strategies. Predictions from the model indicate that the design target of 550 showers can be provided each week if these showers are limited to 10 litres at 35°C and the centre is operated between 9am and 3pm.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Copyright: © 2008 Tsinghua University Press, Beijing and Springer-Verlag GmbH Berlin Heidelberg
Notes: In: Goswami, D. Yogi; Zhao, Yuwen (Eds.), (2009) Proceedings of ISES World Congress 2007: Solar Energy and Human Settlement. Springer Verlag and Tsinghua University Press, pp 2069-2073.
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