Solar Heating. Simplicity is the key - January 2010
The concept of a solar heating system that is environmentally neutral with stand alone capacity that is practical is not implemented in our contemporary buildings yet. In order for the system to be practical it has to be cheaper then all existing heating systems, simpler and with limited maintenance and spacial requirements. The existing solar heating systems are too big, too expensive and complicated to operate.The proposed by High Park Architects Bubble Pump solar heating system will try to overcome above limitations.
Solar Furnace Heating. Thermal Storage and Collector Prototype Construction - October 2009
Currently I am completing the paperwork for the reaserch and design of a compact seasonal thermal storage research with Dr. Alan Fung from Ryerson University which should start in October. The optical collector prototype construction starting date that would be conducted by Prof. Paul Henshaw from University of Windsor was moved for January. Senior engineering students will work on the prototype as a part of their Thesis. The thermal storage analysis will take about a year to complete therefore there would be a substantial overlap between thermal storage analysis and the optical collector construction. This overlap will be beneficial for both teams and both way feedbacks would be possible. Coordination would be required to fine-tune the reflective surfaces curvatures and sun rays propagation. Temperatures and heat analysis at the point of delivery would also be required.
Solar Furnace Heating, Optical Phase Report Completed - June 2009
The first phase of optical analysis was completed by Marek Rozkowski from High Park Architects and University of Waterloo in June 2009. The report was sent to OCE Photonics. The next phase will be thermal analysis; probably with scientists at the University of Waterloo: Dr. Ralph Chou from School of Optometry and Monika Michalek from Department of Mechanical Engineering. The next critical issue will be to design the heat storage that can receive, retain and distribute thermal energy in an annual cycle. That would require some major configuration and material design including high performance insulation and critical path differential analysis between heat expenditure and gain in an annualized cycle.There was a bit similar system invented by the Gilbert Ludlow from Bracebridge, Ontario. He uses a dish to focus light in front of it on a secondary small dish which reflects the light through aperture of the first mirror. From there he also shoots the light down with mirrors and lenses, little different that solar furnace system though. I am not sure how far did he get with his research.
High Temperature Solar Heating System - September 2008