Potential Changes to TEA Solar Air Heating Collectors


The collector/system design for the TEA system was developed in 1980 as a part of the very intense development that was occurring in the solar heating area during the 70's and 80's.   It is certainly one of the most carefully designed and tested systems developed in this time period.


While the design is 30 years old, the system can be built today exactly as described in the construction manual, and will work quite well.  There is surprisingly little to think about changing or improving, but here are few areas in which developments over the last 30 years might be worth incorporating:

Here is an example of one recent design that is based on the TEA design, but makes use of polycarbonate glazing




Gary May 25, 2009