Accession Number : ADA330413

Title :   A Technical and Economic Analysis of Solar Energy Projects at Fort Huachuca, AZ

Corporate Author : SANDIA NATIONAL LABS ALBUQUERQUE NM

PDF Url : ADA330413

Report Date : 11 FEB 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 73

Abstract : Sandia's Solar Thermal Design Assistance Center was asked to evaluate the advantages of relocating an existing solar system to another location. The existing system consists of two flat plate collectors, a 60-gallon storage tank, a Grumman heat exchanger and differential temperature controller, and circulation pumps. Reports indicated that the controller was no longer functioning. The system is installed on an old fire house; however, occupancy of the firehouse is changing, and there is no longer a load for the solar system. We looked at several sites and decided to study relocation of the system to the JITC building. The JITC building has 24-hour occupancy and a high hot water load due to its having both showers and a kitchen. The equipment room is located on the second floor and has easy access to the flat part of the roof. In addition, there is ample space in the equipment room for the storage tank, heat exchanger and controller. We estimate it to cost $800 dollars to move the system, plus $100 to buy a new differential temperature controller. We used an INSOL computer program and a spreadsheet to compute an displaced natural gas savings of 32 MMBTU each year, for a yearly cost savings of $195. This project has a savings to investment ratio (SIR) of 3.1 and a simple payback of less than 5 years. In addition, pollution reduction of CO2 would be 12,189 pounds per year and 43 pounds of NOx each year. John Henrie of the JITC building suggested that he may have base personnel who can move and install the system. If base personnel do install the solar system, I suggest that a solar system supplier/installer be hired to fill, check out and start up the system.

Descriptors :   *ARMY FACILITIES, *SOLAR HEATING, HEAT EXCHANGERS, TEMPERATURE CONTROL, STORAGE TANKS, PUMPS, HOT WATER.

Subject Categories : Non-electrical Energy Conversion
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Air Condition, Heating, Lighting & Ventilating

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