Solar Technology Articles

Bristol’s latest Solar Solutions article: Case Study: Ground-source Heat Pump in Alaska. Plumbing Engineer, March 2014

Scroll down to see Bristol Stickney’s Solar Solutions Monthly Articles in Plumbing Engineer and Plumbing and Hydronics Contractor (2008-present)

Eco Station Project Receives National Recognition
by Neal Lorenzi
Radiant Living, Fall 2013 Feature Article

The True Cost and Benefit of Solar Heating
by Fred Milder, PhD, CEO, SolarLogic
Plumbing Engineer, May 2013 Feature Article

Innovations and Advances in Solar Thermal Systems
by Boaz Soiffer, President, SolarLogic, and Bristol Stickney
Home Power Magazine, April/May 2012

ASHRAE articles by Bristol Stickney on primary/secondary plumbing and Fred Milder, PhD on solar heating controls.
ASHRAE Journal, February 2012

Case Study – Solar Home Heating Retrofit
by Boaz Soiffer, President, SolarLogic, and Bristol Stickney
Home Power Magazine, August/September 2011

Solar Heating
by Boaz Soiffer, President, SolarLogic, and Bristol Stickney
Solar Pro Magazine, April/May 2010

Solar Solutions
A Monthly Column in Plumbing Engineer Magazine and Plumbing and Hydronics Contractor. 2008-present
By Bristol Stickney
Chief Technical Officer, SolarLogic

March 2014
Case Study: Ground-source Heat Pump in Alaska

February 2014
Re-thinking Heat Storage in Water Tanks

January 2014
Case Study: Solar-only Mode

December 2013
Startup and Commissioning

November 2013
LEED Ratings and Solar Heating Systems

October 2013
Getting the Air Out

September 2013
Case Study: Primary Loop “Temperature Order”

August 2013
Six Principles of Good Solar Hydronic Design: Waste Heat Recovery

July 2013
Temperature versus Energy Output

June 2013
SLASH-D: Software for Solar Heating Design

May 2013
Expansion Tanks in Combisystems

April 2013
Case Study: The Birth of a Solar Home

March 2013
Energy Measurement: The “Primary Loop” Advantage

February 2013
Solar Heat Storage Tanks: The 2P3T Piping Configuration

January 2013
The Cost of DHW Recirculation

November 2012
Glycol versus Drainback; A Comparison

October 2012
Best Ideas from the Past 50 Episodes

September 2012
Solar Combi with “Radiant” Swimming Pool

August 2012
Case Study: Solar Combi 101-Summer Data Snapshot

July 2012
Six Things You Should Know About NSRC Cooling

June 2012
Piping the Solar Collectors with Flexible Tubing

May 2012
Making Sense of Thermistor Sensors

April 2012
Diminishing Returns from Multiple Collectors

March 2012
Retrofit Example: Overheat-cooling Thermosyphon Loop

February 2012
Flagship Solar Combisystem Controller – SLIC

January 2012
Example Project: Combi 101 Retrofit in Canoncito, NM

December 2011
Freeze Danger from the Thermosyphon Reverse Flow

November 2011
The Solar Combi 101 Mini for the Cabin or Guesthouse

October 2011
Photovoltaic Solar Circulator Pumps

September 2011
In-tank Heat Exchangers

August 2011
Propylene Glycol: Solar Heat Transfer Fluid

July 2011
Solar Hot Water Analysis with SAM (System Advisor Model)

June 2011
New Life for Old Flat Plate Collectors

May 2011
Solar Combi Connections with Hydraulic Separators

April 2011
Overheat-cooling with Thermosyphon Loop

March 2011
Case Study: A Solar Combisystem Home Retrofit

February 2011
Stranded Heat Recovery Using Software Controls

January 2011
Stranded Heat Recovery Using Software Controls

December 2010
The Solar Combisystem Heat Exchanger

November 2010
Using Two-stage Thermostats for Direct Solar Floor Heat

October 2010
Solar Collector Placement: The Art of Concealment

September 2010
Instant Hot Water Recirculation: Innocuous Energy Thief

August 2010
Solar Economics: Look at Cash Flow, not Payback

July 2010
Flat plate collectors — heating vs. cooling by climate

June 2010
Solar heating design — computer software

May 2010
Bristol’s Six Principles for Good Solar Hydronic Design
Solar Combi-system — Case Study in Los Alamos, N.M.

April 2010
Solar thermal collector tilt

March 2010
Beyond Solar Combi 101

February 2010
Warm-floor solar heating for concrete pools

January 2010
OG-300 solar water heater system comparisons
Review of SRCC & OG-300

December 2009
Pump stations for solar hot water systems
The future is modular

November 2009
Bristol’s six principles of good solar hydronic design
Overheat dissipation control: A brief case study

October 2009
Bristol’s six principles of good solar hydronic design
Thermal mass for space heating — water vs. concrete

September 2009
Bristol’s six principles of good solar hydronic design
Basic Combi-System Controls

July 2009
Bristol’s six principles of good solar hydronic design
10 Years of Solar Hydronic Evolution

June 2009
Bristol’s six principles of good solar hydronic design
Solar overheat protection

May 2009
Bristol’s six principles of good solar hydronic design
Solar hot water systems and the SRCC

April 2009
Bristol’s six principles of good solar hydronic design
Collector efficiency and the SRCC

March 2009
Bristol’s six principles of good solar hydronic design
Part 9: The primary check-loop flow center

February 2009
Bristol’s six principles of good solar hydronic design
Part 8: Solar heat control with two-stage thermostats

January 2009
Bristol’s six principles of good solar hydronic design
Part 7: Cooling with Flat-Plate Solar Panels

December 2008
Bristol’s six principles of good solar hydronic design
Part 6: Collector Efficiency and the SRCC Ratings

November 2008
Bristol’s six principles of good solar hydronic design
Part 5: The evolution of “direct” active solar heating

 

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