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Thermal performance evaluation of solar water heating systems in Australia, Taiwan and Japan - A comparative review

Halawa, Edward, Chang, K. C. and Yoshinaga, M. (2015). Thermal performance evaluation of solar water heating systems in Australia, Taiwan and Japan - A comparative review. Renewable Energy,83(November):1279-1286.

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Title Thermal performance evaluation of solar water heating systems in Australia, Taiwan and Japan - A comparative review
Author Halawa, Edward
Chang, K. C.
Yoshinaga, M.
Journal Name Renewable Energy
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 83
Issue Number November
ISSN 0960-1481   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84945453518
Start Page 1279
End Page 1286
Total Pages 8
Place of Publication United States
Publisher Pergamon Press
Field of Research ENGINEERING
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract The need for domestic hot water in regions with cool climate represents a significant proportion of domestic energy consumption. The steady increase in the electricity costs and environmental concern from use of fossil-based fuel raises the interest in the search for alternative energy sources. In the case of domestic hot water provision, many governments have initiated a gradual switch to more environmentally friendly systems powered by renewable energy such as solar. Solar water heating (SWH) is a mature technology and is gaining popularity in many countries with increasing number of affluent population in society. The increasing adoption of these systems and technologies is a welcome development; however the robust methods of assessment of their thermal performances are required. This paper presents a comparative study of the methods of evaluation of SWH systems' thermal performance in three countries with increasing hot water systems penetration: Australia, Taiwan and Japan. The aim of this comparative study is to discuss merits and weaknesses of each approach and to explore possible common approach that will improve the existing methodologies.
Keywords Solar industry
Solar water heating systems
Thermal performance rating
Subsidies
Renewable energy certificates
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2015.04.023   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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