From: Al Bundy on

James wrote:
> Anyone have info on capacity of solar water heaters? It's probably not
> too hard to provide couple hundred gallons of bath water for a family
> of 5 but what would be required for a bathhouse serving a whole village
> who probably want to bathe after sundown?
>
You find a number of groups don't bath James. It can leave one
vulnerable to the cold or to wild animals or even just the
mother-in-law eyeballing your junk. It's not always about having hot
water.

From: James on

Jeff wrote:
> James wrote:
> > Anyone have info on capacity of solar water heaters?
>
> A lot depends on the amount of sunlight available.
>
> It should be noted that China, along with Israel are big on solar
> heated hot water. China in particular has the most advanced hot water
> sytems available, leading in evacuated tube collectors. Those type
> collectors work best in adverse conditions. My understanding is that
> most of the new hot water heaters are solar in those countries.
>
> How it will work where you are depends, but climate and solar
> insolation data are available.
>
> But perhaps your point lies elsewhere and you are just trolling for
> *some* response.
>
> Jeff


Yea, I'm just trolling for responses and it's really disappointing that
so few are interested. Perhaps solar water heaters still cost more
than the old gas water heater. If they develop leaks and wear out just
like gas heaters, they will probably not be any cheaper than old
technology.

From: James on

rst0wxyz(a)yahoo.com wrote:
> Jeff wrote:
> > James wrote:
> > > Anyone have info on capacity of solar water heaters?
> >
> > A lot depends on the amount of sunlight available.
> >
> > It should be noted that China, along with Israel are big on solar
> > heated hot water. China in particular has the most advanced hot water
> > sytems available, leading in evacuated tube collectors. Those type
> > collectors work best in adverse conditions. My understanding is that
> > most of the new hot water heaters are solar in those countries.
>
> In 2003, I stayed in a Chinese hotel in Guangzhou where it had solar
> water heater. On a sunny day, there was no problem. On a cloudy day,
> better take your shower/bath early. The hot water was just barely
> warm, and there was no warm water at night at all, so don't take shower
> at night.
>
How big was the water heater compared to the hotel? Was it visible?
I wonder how many gallons they had for each guest. I assume they had
regular hot water heater for kitchen use. Dishes washed with cold
water might be a little greasy.

From: rst0wxyz on

James wrote:
> rst0wxyz(a)yahoo.com wrote:
> > Jeff wrote:
> > > James wrote:
> > > > Anyone have info on capacity of solar water heaters?
> > >
> > > A lot depends on the amount of sunlight available.
> > >
> > > It should be noted that China, along with Israel are big on solar
> > > heated hot water. China in particular has the most advanced hot water
> > > sytems available, leading in evacuated tube collectors. Those type
> > > collectors work best in adverse conditions. My understanding is that
> > > most of the new hot water heaters are solar in those countries.
> >
> > In 2003, I stayed in a Chinese hotel in Guangzhou where it had solar
> > water heater. On a sunny day, there was no problem. On a cloudy day,
> > better take your shower/bath early. The hot water was just barely
> > warm, and there was no warm water at night at all, so don't take shower
> > at night.
> >
> How big was the water heater compared to the hotel? Was it visible?

Never bother to investigate. The hotel was about 7 or 8 stories high.
It was perfectly fine on a sunny day.

> I wonder how many gallons they had for each guest. I assume they had
> regular hot water heater for kitchen use. Dishes washed with cold
> water might be a little greasy.

From: Jeff on
James wrote:
> Jeff wrote:
>
>>James wrote:
>>
>>>Anyone have info on capacity of solar water heaters?
>>
>> A lot depends on the amount of sunlight available.
>>
>> It should be noted that China, along with Israel are big on solar
>>heated hot water. China in particular has the most advanced hot water
>>sytems available, leading in evacuated tube collectors. Those type
>>collectors work best in adverse conditions. My understanding is that
>>most of the new hot water heaters are solar in those countries.
>>
>> How it will work where you are depends, but climate and solar
>>insolation data are available.
>>
>> But perhaps your point lies elsewhere and you are just trolling for
>>*some* response.
>>
>> Jeff
>
>
>
> Yea, I'm just trolling for responses and it's really disappointing that
> so few are interested.

Well, stop it. You've posted to 4 disparate groups, have you read
any of them?

Two threads up from this in alt.solar.thermal is some nice
information on tanks that can be solar fed.

Perhaps solar water heaters still cost more
> than the old gas water heater. If they develop leaks and wear out just
> like gas heaters, they will probably not be any cheaper than old
> technology.

You don't buy a solar collector because it's cheaper, you buy it
because it costs less to run and is less harmfull to the environment.

Do some research, formulate a question better than "Wonder if they
stink", and you might get somewhere. Your choice.

Jeff

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