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Title: An investigation into the performance and cost effectiveness of thermosyphon solar water heaters
Authors: Lee, WenShiang 
Wilson, Derek R. 
Michaelides, Ioannis 
Keywords: Solar water heaters
Computer simulation
Issue Date: 1992
Publisher: Pergamon
Source: Renewable Energy, 1992, Volume 2, Issue 3, Pages 219-225
Abstract: In this paper, the TRNSYS Simulation Program is used to investigate the monthly and annual solar fraction of a Thermosyphon Solar Water Heater and to evaluate its economic viability in terms of its life cycle savings over a conventional water heating system. The results of the simulation indicate that the yearly solar contribution of the system ranges from 63% for a high hot water consumption profile to 89% for a low consumption pattern. The payback period of the system is as low as 3 years when compared to electric water heating systems. As long as the competitor is diesel oil, the payback period increases to 7-9 years, depending on the hot water consumption profile used.
ISSN: 09601481
DOI: 10.1016/0960-1481(92)90035-2
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