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Climate Right Presentation Series

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Bill Shady, P.E. and CEO of Sustainable Design and Product Management and T. J. Kay, VP of Environmental Systems, will host a case study presentation series on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 from 4-5:30pm at the South Beach Harbor meeting room at Pier 40 in San Francisco. For map click here.

Topics discussed will cover examples of renewable HVAC energy systems intregration with direct digital controls, solar thermal hydronic heating, CHP fuel cells for residential and commercial buildings.

Hors d’oeurves and refreshments will be served and afterward attendees are welcome to join us for a Bay cruise around Mc Covey Cove in a 42′ Grand Banks fishing trawler.

Parking is available at Pier 40 @ $10.00 a day– Pre-register to secure a discount parking pass.

Please RSVP by Monday, October 21, 2013 to or call 831-459-7300.



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Solar Heating Systems: Storage mediums and temperature control strategies for predictable and consistent performance

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From Solar Pro Magazine, Apr/May 2010 written by Boaz Soifer, Bristol Stickney

“Residential solar installations are on the rise nationwide, but deployment of solar space-heating systems lags well behind photovoltaic, solar pool heating and domestic water heating technologies. A variety of factors contribute to this trend. Foremost among them is the complexity of space-heating system design and installation, especially heat storage and system controls. Space heating represents more than 40% of home energy use. As more proven designs and modular components are brought to market, many heating contractors will routinely offer solar heating.

For solar heating to become mainstream, systems need to have consistent, predictable performance and offer a user interface that is comparable to conventional heating systems. The customer should have to adjust only the thermostat, and the rest of the system should take care of itself. If the control approach sheds excess solar heat into a concrete floor, the floor’s temperature must not fluctuate dramatically. Customers do not want rooms overheating due to excessive system output. If a hot tub or swimming pool is used to shed excess heat, a safe high limit temperature must be maintained.” read more

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SCU Places Third in Solar Decathlon

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20009-team1Santa Clara University placed third overall in this year’s national Solar Decathlon competition. It was part of a two year project in which SCU collaborated with The California College of the Arts to build the best solar home. Universities from all over the world competed in the competition. The top 20 were on display in The National Mall in Washington, D.C. Pacific Solar Radiant, Inc. acted as their technical advisor and did design review for the thermal systems. They helped to build the mechanical room and assembled some of the piping.

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