After the musings on Life, the Universe and Everything you deserve a break – and a post with not too much verbiage.
I am borrowing some images from a series of posts the Chief Engineer is currently running on our German blog. (My job job title is Science Officer, but we don’t have a Captain). One of the regular followers of this blog recently discovered that and even honored our blog with the first comment in English.
This is a client’s project. In this case the building has just been built, and the design of water tank and the solar collector for the heat pump had been taken into account in an early stage of the project.
The general concept is the same as shown in earlier posts (schematic here). The water tank serving as the heat pump’s heat source is placed directly underneath the garage, and the solar collector is put on top of it – as a railing to the ‘terrace’.
This is to become the pillars that will support the heat exchanger in the water tank:
Carefully designed to allow for transporting by a small car:
… if you temporarily remove the back seat:
This is the future water tank / ‘ice storage’ and the supporting construction. The tank will also be used as a cistern.
Here the heat exchanger tubes have finally been mounted: The same type of ribbed pipes are used that also form the solar collector.
Since the Chief Engineer would have been a carpenter or artist working with wood in an alternative universe, the supporting construction for the solar collector is mainly made from wood.
The larch wood laths with the plastic brackets that will hold the collector tubes:
The German post has been titled with The Coronation of a Garage:
The top and bottom wooden cross-bars are mounted to metal pickets. Then the vertical wooden laths are attached to the horizontal ones and the tubes are clipped on to them – laths are placed in front or behind the tubes alternately.
If somebody from the geek / IT / security world clicked on this and managed to scroll down here – there is nerdy stuff included. Actually, we click Refresh on the control system’s web portal all the time right now. But I will keep my promise and stick to the more palpable stuff – in this post!