Fast Payback Solar Water Heater

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-13ER90437
Agency Tracking Number: 87925
Amount: $143,984.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: 03e
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0000715
Small Business Information
401 Mountain View Avenue, Longmont, CO, 80501-3318
DUNS: 073872538
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Brian Hansen
 (303) 651-1791
Business Contact
 Jeannine Hansen
Title: Mrs.
Phone: (303) 651-1791
Research Institution
Water heaters use about 16% of the energy used in the typical home. This is an unnecessary financial burden on most home owners and an unnecessary burden on US energy supplies. Currently, the high cost of solar hot water systems discourages alternatives to Natural gas, Propane and electric water heaters. It is the primary objective of the proposed SBIR phase I & amp; II projects to develop a very low cost solar water heating system that also has low installation costs. Commercial Application and Other Benefits Currently, Solar Water Heaters are only utilized in 1% of US homes. Compare that to Israel where 91% of homes use solar water heaters. The US has a great opportunity to save money and energy resources by increasing the use of solar water heating. Manufacturing and installation of solar water heaters in the US will also create many new jobs.

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