SPRINGS FIRE STATION
Springs Fire Station is the latest Solarwall installation
in Willow Springs, North Carolina and went into operation
this winter. Solarwall can be put on both new construction
and retro-fitted on existing buildings of all types,
including apartment buildings, retail buildings, warehouses,
industrial, schools, garages and aircraft hangers. Solarwalls
can be used for preheating as well as ventilation and
work at seventy-five to eighty percent effeciency and
have been tested by United States Department of Energy.
IF IT WORKS HERE IT WILL
Solar Heat Unit in Use At a Pole By
Malcolm W. Brown / The New York Times
the South Pole, where winter temperatures often dip
below minus 100 degrees Fahrenheit, four-engine transport
planes must operate a continuous shuttle during the
summer months to replenish the research station's tanks
with fuel oil for it's ravenous furnaces. But for the
first time, solar heating has begun to take a bite out
of South Pole Station's monstrous heating bills.
John Lynch, a phsysicist with the National Science Foundation's
popular program, said last week that solar heat collectors
installed on the sides of a new South Pole dormitory
building had sharply reduced fuel consumption. During
one recent week, the three-and-one-half-story building,
which accomodates 20 occupants, needed to burn only
12 gallons of fuel to supplement the heat generated
by its solar panels. During that week the outdoor temperature
ranged from a high of minus 14.4 degrees to a low of
minus 41.6 degrees, he said.
panels are simple cells, in which sunlight passes through
glass faces, behind which sheets of copper coated black
chromiuim powder absorb solar radiation. Air circulated
through chambers behind the hot copper plates is pumped
through the buildings ventilation system.
Period of Sunshine
can eventually lead to a lot of solar heating at the
pole and some significant fuel savings, "Dr. Lynch
said. "Perhaps more important, it's a dramatic
demonstration of the efficiency of solar heating. If
it works at the South Pole it can work anywhere."
fact, the sun only shines on the South Pole during the
Southern Hemispheres summer, roughly from Nov. 1 to
Feb. 15. In midwinter, the polar sky is lighted only
by the stars and flickering aurora, and the warming
sun never appears. However, the staff of scientists,
engineers and technicians based at South Pole Station
declines from 125 men and women in midsummer to 28 who "winter
over". During the winter, the new dormitory will
be unoccupied and only enough to keep pipes from freezing.
station is expanding and managers like Dr. Lynch believe
unconventional designs and technology can reduce costs.
For instance, new buildings are built on stilts, allowing
snow and ice crystals to blow away instead of piling
up against walls.
NAVY NORFOLK NAVEL STATION
Navy Norfolk Navel Station, Norfolk, Virginia
Dark bronze SOLARWALL panels on the south walls of the
two maintenance buildings at the Norfolk Navel Station
the Executive Presidential Order was issued stating
that all federal agencies had to reduce energy consumption
35% by 2010, Norfolk Navel Station became one of the
first Federal Agencies to participate in the program.
An energy audit conducted at the base revealed that
installing a SOLARWALL air heating system would represent
a cost effective method for reducing energy consumption.
STAMPING PLANT Buffalo, NEW YORK
As well as maintaining a high standard of
indoor air quality and providing free heated indoor
air, the SOLARWALL system is also saving the US Navy
at Norfolk $12,000 per year in displaced energy costs.
The installation also entails a reduction of 258,000
pounds of greenhouse gases each and every year.
fresh air heater
on Ford's Buffalo Plan
Built when the ideas of insulation and other energy
conservation practices were unheard of, this huge
old Ford Stamping Plant had a tremendous heating
requirement. Because of the work that takes place
inside the building, Ford also has a very high ventilation
rate, which is necessary to meet OSHA standards
for Indoor Air Quality. To combat these problems,
Ford Energy Management Personnel decided to install
a 50,000 square feet, glazed SOLARWALL® ventilation
of the plant showing the fabric ducting.
The installation of the SOLARWALLĘ System not only
saved Ford money on the energy bill, it also helps
them maintain the Indoor Air Quality standards that
OSHA requires. These improvements also help increase
worker production by making the working environment
more comfortable for employees. The Ford Motor Company
spent $615,000 on the SOLARWALL® System. Direct
savings are $194,000 per year.