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on December 4, 2014

Are thermal solar collectors practical for heating poultry houses?

University of Georgia is testing to see if a fabric transpired solar collector can provide a cost-effective supplement to propane stoves for heating poultry houses.

Photovoltaic solar collectors, which convert only 15 to 20 percent of the energy in sunlight into electricity, get most of the headlines, but thermal solar collectors, which convert the energy in sunlight into heat, are far more efficient, converting up to 82 percent of the energy striking them into…

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