Title

SolarDraft Solar Air Heater

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom C/D

Start Date

15-5-2014

End Date

15-5-2014

Keywords

Solar, Environment, Sustainability

Abstract

The overarching goal of SolarDraft is to reduce dependency on fossil fuels and improve indoor air quality by providing a clean method of heating residential dwellings. Almost three billion people worldwide continue to depend on some form of solid fuels for their heating needs. We recognize that, for most people, the system that is currently installed in their home is the one they have to live with. Additionally, the most complex component of reducing dependency on non-renewable resources is not developing a radical new technology, but implementing existing techniques in a fashion that is cost effective and that the public would actually embrace. We have created an inexpensive solution to the inefficient and health hazardous heating methods currently in use around the world. SolarDraft can augment an existing HVAC system by providing space heating where it is needed, and reduce dangerous sources of indoor air pollution by using a clean, renewable source of energy. Our solution is a self-contained solar heater that requires no external source of power and provides enough heat at maximum capacity to keep three 10x10 rooms at a constant 85 degrees. With this solution, we are able to help offset the expense and dependency on non-renewable resources used in residential heating while also providing a means of improving indoor air quality for millions of people across the world.

This presentation received a Constructed Objects Best Presentation Award for 2014.

Poster Number

9

Faculty Mentor(s)

Beardsley, Roger

Additional Mentoring Department

Engineering Technologies, Safety, and Construction

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SolarDraft Solar Air Heater

SURC Ballroom C/D

The overarching goal of SolarDraft is to reduce dependency on fossil fuels and improve indoor air quality by providing a clean method of heating residential dwellings. Almost three billion people worldwide continue to depend on some form of solid fuels for their heating needs. We recognize that, for most people, the system that is currently installed in their home is the one they have to live with. Additionally, the most complex component of reducing dependency on non-renewable resources is not developing a radical new technology, but implementing existing techniques in a fashion that is cost effective and that the public would actually embrace. We have created an inexpensive solution to the inefficient and health hazardous heating methods currently in use around the world. SolarDraft can augment an existing HVAC system by providing space heating where it is needed, and reduce dangerous sources of indoor air pollution by using a clean, renewable source of energy. Our solution is a self-contained solar heater that requires no external source of power and provides enough heat at maximum capacity to keep three 10x10 rooms at a constant 85 degrees. With this solution, we are able to help offset the expense and dependency on non-renewable resources used in residential heating while also providing a means of improving indoor air quality for millions of people across the world.

This presentation received a Constructed Objects Best Presentation Award for 2014.