New concepts for solar collectors in 2030

Marco Bakker, Jochem Nijs, Wim van Helden, Angele Reinders

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    In 2030, solar energy is expected to cover the full energy demand of newly built houses. In addition, increasing standards for quality of living require that newly built houses offer increased comfort, while still being affordable. Current collector technology will not be able to meet all these requirements; hence, new collector concepts are required. This paper develops new concepts for the capture, conversion, and storage of solar energy with a focus on future integration in newly built houses. Industrial design engineering was used in the concept development, including an analysis of the field as well as a series of workshops. Out of several concepts, two were selected and elaborated. The first concept (aimed at 2015) is based on a passive house, and is able to fully provide the domestic energy use of both the user and the building itself. The second concept (aimed at 2030) integrates energy production, energy storage, building insulation, and an indoor climate system in durable, modular construction elements; the total energy production of this concept exceeds the total domestic energy use. This paper illustrates the concept development process and its results.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages4
    Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 2008
    EventEurosun 2008 - Lisbon, Portugal
    Duration: 7 Oct 200810 Oct 2008


    ConferenceEurosun 2008


    • Solar thermal collectors
    • Built environment
    • Zero-energy house
    • Building integration


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