Low-Cost Flat Panel Solar Hot Water Heaters

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$149,748.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-13ER90487
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
87935
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
03e
Solicitation Number:
DE-FOA-0000715
Small Business Information
200 Yellow Place, Rockledge, FL, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
175302579
Principal Investigator:
Joseph Homitz
Dr.
(321) 631-3550
jhomitz@mainstream-engr.com
Business Contact:
Michael Rizzo
Mr.
(321) 631-3550
mar@mainstream-engr.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
The U.S. Department of Energy is currently seeking technologies that can significantly decrease the cost of solar hot water heating systems. Mainstream Engineering Corporation is proposing to develop a low- cost, highly efficient solar collector that will significantly reduce the installed cost of solar water heating systems. Our proposed design eliminates a major design flaw with existing collector configurations, has a lower profile compared to existing designs, and has lightweight construction. The unit will be constructed with lightweight, low-cost materials which allow the unit to be very robust and easy to handle and install. Finally, our solar collector is expected to surpass efficiencies associated with existing solar collector designs. In Phase I, Mainstream will optimize the solar collector design and quantify the units efficiency. In Phase II, we will develop a production ready unit and conduct long term testing. Mainstream has been a leader in the development of advanced thermal systems for over 25 years and has all of the engineering, production, and marketing experience to transition this concept to a successful commercial product.

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