Solar heating for industrial processes is one of the largest potential markets for solar energy. However, unlike the photovoltaic industry, the solar heating for industrial processes has yet to really take off. In addition to being one of the largest potential markets for solar energy, solar thermal systems are really fundamental to the field of solar energy conversion systems. Not only are flat plate collectors comprised simply of pipes, black, and glass (technologically simple), but also the concept of absorbing solar radiation as heat has been around for thousands of years. It is about time that we start to make solar heating for industrial processes really work. The opportunity is very large.
Reminder - Complete all of the Lesson 9 tasks!
Double-check the to-do list on the Lesson 9 Introduction page to make sure you have completed all of the assigned tasks before you begin Lesson 10.