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30 However, where peak electrical loads coincide with brightest sunshine, so that storage is not an issue, PV technology is more promising. (30,36) A 40 kW system is in use on the southern face of a building at the University of Northumbria. Photovoltaics is a technology to watch for the future. As costs come down, and PV panels are integrated into roof tiles etc. 3 Biogas Waste matter from farm animals or sewage is the most common raw material for biogas digesters, which biologically break down the raw material to produce methane gas and a valuable fertiliser residue.

Either way, if a wood-fuelled heating system is being installed, the responsible designer will also consider the specific supply that will be used. It is also worth bearing in mind that, like all solid fuel heating, using wood requires some input of work from the user—if not actually chopping and stacking wood, then at least in tending the stove. This may or may not be a chore, depending on attitudes to work, but the user is more aware of the amount of energy used if it has to be manually carried rather than arriving down a pipe.

Given that an additional boiler would be required to supply the shortfall, the solar collector may save as little as £25 per year (compared with a high-efficiency condensing gas boiler). The savings in pollution are not taken into account in such calculations. 28 50 ENERGY A Typical Active Solar Domestic Hot Water System (b) Space Heating In Britain, interseasonal heat storage is essential if solar energy is to provide space heating in the winter. This is most often achieved with the use of large, wellinsulated and often underground, water tanks.

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